The summer is here and burger season is upon us. I love a regular burger with oozy melted cheese and all of the fixings – you can never go wrong with that!
If your looking for a burger that isn’t traditional to wow your guests, than the Hawaiian Aloha Chicken Burger is the burger for you.
Recently I pinned a recipe for Hawaiian Chicken and I thought that would make for an interesting burger.
I got to experimenting with the ingredients and the Hawaiian Aloha Chicken Burger was born. I’ve never had a chicken burger so this was all new territory for me I expected the burger to be dry but I was pleasantly surprised. The coconut milk adds moisture and the Pineapple Sriracha Mayonnaise Sauce adds some tang and heat.
Makes 12 sliders or 6 regular burger patties
2 lbs ground chicken
1/2 a cup of soy sauce (some brands are saltier than others – start here and work your way up if you need to)
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1/2 – 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs (depending on how finely grounded your meat is you might need to add more)
1/2 diced sweet onion
2.5 cups sliced scallions
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 pineapple cut in rings (you will set some aside for the pineapple mayo sauce and some rings to garnish)
For the Pineapple Sriracha Mayo Sauce:
4 tsp of mayonnaise
1tsp fresh lime juice
2-3 fresh pineapple rings crushed
1 tsp Sriracha sauce (if your not a fan of Sriracha you can omit this)
a pinch of pepper
a handful of sliced scallions
In a large mixing bowl add your diced onions, scallions, minced garlic, soy sauce, coconut milk and ground chicken. Mix with your hands and slowly incorporate the Panko bread crumbs until you have a mixture that will form a palm sized pattie (or slider size). Brush the grates of your grill with some olive oil and cook your patties. Make sure not to turn them too much until you have a nice sear. Since this is chicken you must make sure they’re fully cooked (no less than 165 degrees). I recommend using the Thermapen to check internal temps as a full-proof method for measuring temperature.
While your burgers are grilling you can prepare the Pineapple Sriracha Mayo Sauce. Mix together mayonnaise, the lime juice, pepper and scallions. Whisk together and season with salt if needed.
When plating these add your sauce to the top of the burger and then a pineapple ring for added sweetness and crunch. I used whole wheat slider buns but Hawaiian rolls would work very nicely too.