We are finally having a break from the cold and enjoying perfect 70 degree days on a weekend!
I just had to fire up the grill and taste-test a recipe from the 1963 Better Homes and Gardens Barbecues and Picnics cookbook. This cookbook is full of a lot of “Hawaiian” recipes like Hilo Franks, Island Treat, Hawaiian Chicken Salad, and Aloha Burgers with Island Sauce. It seems that the philosophy is this: throw pineapple on it and it will be Hawaiian.
So what are Aloha Burgers? Hamburgers with pineapple, of course. The idea is simple:
- Grill canned pineapple rounds brushed with homemade barbecue sauce.
- Grill burgers brushed with homemade barbecue sauce.
- Top burgers with grilled pineapple.
Actually, the recipe suggests that you also grill a mini burger within the hole of the pineapple ring, but that sounded like a recipe for disaster. I was certain it would fall through the grate, so I simplified.
The Aloha sauce is a simple concoction:
- 2 Tablespoons pineapple syrup reserved from the can (I used pineapple in juice not syrup)
- 1/2 cup catsup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- a few drops liquid smoke (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
- combine ingredients and heat until boiling.
- That’s it. You are done.
The consensus? It was okay. I didn’t mind the pineapple on the burger. It married well with the sauce. If I had to do it all over again, I’d upgrade and use fresh pineapple. The barbecue sauce was nothing special, but it wasn’t bad either. Sound underwhelming? Yes, I guess it was. The best part was really the charred burger.
I’m not giving up on the 1963 Better Homes and Gardens Barbecues and Picnics cookbook yet. I really want to make Rafted Wieners. This is probably mostly because I just really want to say, “I’m making Rafted Wieners!” Stay tuned.