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Pineapple-Wasabi Burger

By Zoe Badillo from April 2014 Issue

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Pineapple-Wasabi Burger

2014 Derby Burger Challenge Winning Recipe

Sponsored by Kentucky Beef Council
Available through May at Hard Rock Cafe, Louisville


1 lb ground beef
1/2 C pineapple juice
1/2 C thinly sliced green onions
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1-1/2 tsp fresh or dried chopped chives
1-1/2 tsp chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper
4 whole wheat or regular hamburger buns, split and toasted

Wasabi-Mayonnaise Spread: 1/4 C mayonnaise 2 to 4 Tbsp wasabi paste

Toppings: Lettuce leaves, tomato slices, white onion slices, caramelized or grilled pineapple slices

Servings 4

Combine ground beef, pineapple juice, green onions, tomato paste, chives, and mint in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape beef mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add patties; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired.

Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and wasabi, as desired, in small bowl.

Line bottom of each bun with lettuce; top with tomato, onion, and pineapple slices, as desired. Top with burger; top burger with equal amounts of Wasabi-Mayonnaise Spread. Close sandwiches.

Cook's Tip: Cooking instructions are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Cook's Tip: To caramelize pineapple slices, heat small amount of butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until melted. Place pineapple slices in skillet; cook until heated through and edges brings to brown, turning once.