Hawaiian Burger


Hawaiian cuisine is a fascinating thing, a real melting pot of influences from all corners of the world.  I’ve experimented with this burger over the past year or so, never really feeling like I got it right.  The inclusion of Spam and Pineapple was a given, but I often found the teriyaki influence overpowering.  By the end of each burger I always felt like I needed a drip due to salt overload.

Finally I think I cracked it – teriyaki mayo, rather than pure teriyaki sauce.  And while I’ve attempted to cut the pineapple into a relish of sorts, I think full rings provide a purer texture and flavour.  These will make a brilliantly fresh and exciting addition to your Summer BBQ roster.


  • Beef Mince
  • Soft white burger buns
  • Butter
  • Pineapple rings
  • Spam
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese slices – Cheddar or Red Leicester, something hard and well melting
  • Salad to garnish – tomatoes, red onion, lettuce etc.


  1. Melt a little butter in a pan and gently fry the pineapple slices and spam until the pineapple is browning and caramelised, and the spam is browned, then set them both aside,
  2. Place the buns inside down on the pan so they soak up the remaining butter and gently brown – a key to adding flavour and preventing soggy buns.
  3. Shape the mince into patties just slightly wider than the circumference of the buns, as this will account for shrinkage during cooking.  Fry on a high heat for a few minutes each side without pressing or overly handling, you don’t want them to get dry.  Season the outside with salt and pepper to taste – mixing this through the patty can also cause it to become tough, due to the salt.
  4. Put the sliced cheese on the top of the patty for the last few minutes of cooking, and if possibly top with a large metal bowl so that the heat inside encourages melting.
  5. Mix teriyaki sauce and mayonnaise at around a 1:1 ratio.
  6. Really you can layer this however you like – I went for (from bottom up) bun, tomato, onion, spam, sauce, patty, cheese, pineapple, bun.


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