Hawaiian Honey Burgers

This recipe is adapted from “Seasoned with Love” from Sandersville United Methodist Church in Georgia published in the year 2000, and submitted by Melba May. After researching the history of the Hawaiian burger, there is no definite origin of either location or person as to where this exactly came from, but nonetheless this is a delicious burger. This is a very straight-forward recipe that is easy to make and a nice sweet and savory flavor profile. Please read below for the recipe and cooking notes. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 burgers

  • 1 lb. 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 c. soy sauce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce or any greens
  1. Combine ground beef, honey, cinnamon, paprika, curry powder, ginger and nutmeg and mix well.
  2. Divide meat in half and half again, making 4 even sized pieces. Form into patty or use a burger press.
  3. Place on a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat, baste with soy sauce once each side while cooking. There is enough fat that will render from the burgers that you do not need to add any oil to the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes each side for medium, or 6 minutes each side for well done.
  4. Sauté pineapple slices in a dry non-stick pan until they just begin to caramelize, about 3 minutes each side.
  5. Assemble burger with patty on the bottom, then pineapple, tomato, then lettuce/greens


This is a very easy burger recipe to make but with a nice twist with the added honey, spices, and pineapple. You can grill or broil these or cook them in any other way you wish. Also experiment with adding cheese or a tangy sauce, which would work well for this burger. Please share and subscribe, and I would love to hear from you if you make this recipe. Enjoy!

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