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Hawaii 5-0 Burger

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Perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and savory all on America’s favorite sandwich: the Burger!


  • For the garlic aioli:
  • ⅓ cup mayonaisse
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • For the burgers:
  • 1⅓ pounds ground chuck
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 pineapple rings (about ⅓ inch thick)
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 4 slices of pepperjack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce (optional)


  1. For the Aioli: Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. For the Burgers: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Divide ground beef into 4 equal patties (1/3 pound each). Mix together, brown sugar, cayenne, and salt. Divide mixture and rub equal amounts onto each burger patty (1/8 of the mixture per side). Spray pre-heated grill with nonstick spray and place pineapple sliced straight onto the grill grates. Cook for about 1½ minutes per side allowing grill marks to appear. Remove from grill and set aside.
  3. Turn grill down to medium heat and add the hamburgers. Cook to desired doneness (flipping halfway through). We did ours about 4 per side. Then, baste the patties with ½ of the teryaki and flip (so the basted side is down) and cook for another 1 minute. Repeat with remaining side. Next, add one slice of cheese per patty and close lid for another 30 seconds to allow cheese to melt. Open and remove burgers from grill.
  4. To Assemble: Take one hamburger bun (we toast ours in the oven first, but that is up to personal preference!) and slather 1 tablespoon of aioli onto the top half of the bun. On the bottom half of the bun, stack one hamburger patty, followed by a slice of pineapple, and top with lettuce (if desired). Add top half of bun and serve. You may serve with an additional side of teryaki if desired!

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