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hamburger with bacon, cheese, and pineapple relish on wood cutting board

Spicy Hawaiian Burgers

These spicy Hawaiian burgers check all the boxes: delicious, nutritious, filling, juicy, slightly sweet and spicy, all thanks to perfectly seasoned ground beef patties, my favorite Hawaiian hamburger sauce, a pineapple relish, and chipotle mayo! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 841kcal
Author Tiffany


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 4 slices pepperjack cheese
  • 1 cup pineapple finely diced and well drained of excess juices
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced
  • 1/4 onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 4 bacon strips cooked til near-crisp
  • 1 cup hawaiian bbq sauce see below for recipe
  • 4 hamburger buns

Hawaiian Hamburger Sauce

  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Hamburger Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Stir together pineapple, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro. Set aside.

Prepare the Sauces

  • Stir together mayo and adobo sauce. Set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan combine teriyaki sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the Hamburgers

  • Divide Ground Beef into four equal sections. Shape into 5-inch patties. Season with garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Preheat a grill, then grill patties for 5-7 minutes on each side until they reach 160 degrees F as measured by a meat thermometer. Transfer burger patties to a platter and immediately top each with a slice of pepper jack cheese. Allow to melt for 1-2 minutes.
  • Assemble burgers by spreading chipotle mayo on the bottom half of the bun. Top with grilled burger patty, bacon, pineapple relish, bbq sauce, and top half of bun. Serve immediately.


For the buns: I love to use brioche (pictured) or sweet Hawaiian hamburger buns for this recipe. 


Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2555mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 5mg