Burger with pineapple

Photo by Tim Brown
Photo by Tim Brown

Burger and pineapple is a simple recipe for flavorful hamburgers with cooked fruit. Pineapple is a natural source of essential nutrients and an ideal addition to marinades. Canned pineapple is less acidic than fresh produce, so adding a little lemon juice puts enough acidity into the mixture to make an effective marinade.

Place ground beef or turkey patties in a shallow dish. Spoon half of the marinade mixture over the meat. Sprinkle with ground pepper to taste. Let the patties marinate for at least three hours.

Preheat a large skillet to medium-low heat. Add the burgers to the heated skillet. The meat should give off a sizzling sound right away. Sprinkle lightly with McCormick hamburger seasoning. Maintain a consistent low temperature and cook the burgers until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees, turning once. After the first turn, place pineapple rings in the pan with any remaining marinade mixture.

Serve on heated hamburger buns. Try heating the buns for 60 seconds in a steamer basket or toasting them in the oven with rosemary.

1 lb ground beef or turkey (3 patties)
1 can pineapple rings in juice
Black pepper
McCormick brand Hamburger seasoning
Hamburger buns

¼ cup Tabasco® brand teriyaki sauce, or equivalent
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons pineapple juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon pepper
(optional) 1 teaspoon red wine
(optional) Sriracha