Hawaiian Beef Sliders & Baked Panko Garlic Parmesan Fries

(originally made 2/2013)

Waaay overindulged on Vday baked goods and candy is all over the house, so I decided that if I participated in the Challenge this week, it had to be a savory recipe.   A search turned up some good possibilities, and since I'd bought some little slider buns, I gave the Hawaiian Beef Sliders from Healthy Cooking a try.    Too cold out to grill, so I did them inside on my ridged grill pan.     They are very delicate, so getting a good crust on the first side was important before trying to flip them.   Very very good, even Jake scarfed down two and he can be picky about beef recipes  :)

I served them with Baked Panko Garlic Parmesan Fries from The Family Kitchen.   I made them exactly as listed, except I forgot to put on the parsley at the end  :)

 * Exported from MasterCook *

                          Hawaiian Beef Sliders

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1                can  unsweetened crushed pineapple -- (20 ounces)-- used tidbits, pulsed in food processor
  1           teaspoon  pepper
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  1 1/2         pounds  lean ground beef (90% lean)
     1/4           cup  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  2        tablespoons  ketchup
  1         tablespoon  white vinegar (used white wine vinegar)
  2                     garlic cloves -- minced- used jarred
     1/4      teaspoon  crushed red pepper flakes
  18                    miniature whole wheat buns- used mini potato rolls
                        Baby spinach leaves (omitted)
  3                     center-cut bacon strips -- cooked and crumbled
                        Sliced jalapeno peppers -- optional

Drain pineapple, reserving juice and 1-1/2 cups pineapple (save remaining pineapple for another use). In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup reserved crushed pineapple, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 patties; place in two 11-in. x 7-in. dishes.
    In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half of marinade into each dish; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning once.
    Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
    Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
    Grill buns, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with spinach, remaining pineapple, bacon and jalapeno peppers if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

    Editor's Note: If miniature whole wheat buns are not available in your area, you can also use whole wheat hot dog buns cut into thirds.

Nutritional Facts 3 sliders (calculated without peppers) equals 350 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 444 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

Originally published as Hawaiian Beef Sliders in Healthy Cooking June/July 2010, p28


  1. What a unique burger! Thanks for sharing on the National Hamburger Day Blog Party!


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