July 18, 2008

Hawaiian Style Pork Burgers

1 lb ground pork
4 tablespoons panko
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated
1inch knob fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon pineapple juice
white pepper

to serve:
4 pineapple slices*
Hawaiian rolls

With a gentle hand, mix together all of the burger ingredients. Form into 4 patties. Grill over medium heat about 3-5 minutes on each side. Make sure the burger is cooked all the way through. Raw or "rare" pork is not your friend. In the last minute of cooking, grill the pineapple slices. Serve on Hawaiian rolls.

*You can use fresh, but I ended up using canned pineapple slices (in juice) because I couldn't find a ripe pineapple at the store. They are just as tasty grilled as fresh and are about half the price. Not to mention they are already sliced in the perfect thickness for sandwiches.

Yield: 4 burgers

No grill? Cook in a skillet or broiler.

My thoughts:
my grill friday

Okay, I've never been to Hawaii, so I am not sure if these are the most authentic burgers in the world, but when I think Hawaiian food I think pork, Spam, pineapple and Asian-influenced. Spam burgers seemed a bit out of the question but pork I could do. I love pork and burgers made from ground pork are exceptionally juicy despite having to be thoroughly cooked. The ginger, garlic, soy sauce and tiny splash of pineapple juice accentuates the pork's natural sweetness while the panko gives them a light quality and keeps them from falling apart on the grill.