Home Cookin’: Big Island Burger Sauce

Big Island Burger Sauce

The Big Island Burger With Sauce

I am a firm believer that a great burger experience doesn’t necessarily mean trekking across state lines in search of some hole in the wall spot conveniently located on the one road that Google Maps hasn’t identified yet.

In fact, I tend to believe that with proper equipment and motivation, the average home cook can produce a burger that rivals any of the “big names” in terms of quality (of course, ambiance and history are hard to match, so we’ll still get in our cars and explore). To that end, where I can I’ll present some tips, tricks, techniques and recipes for the burgers we make at home. First up, a sauce recipe created on the fly and named (after-the-fact) “Big Island Burger Sauce.”

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Serves 6


  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (I used frozen chunks from Trader Joes – you could use fresh or another brand of frozen chunks
  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce (I used low sodium, mainly out of necessity, but also because we tend to heavily salt our burgers to bring out their inherent flavor…so save sodium where you can)
  • Small piece of fresh Ginger Root

In a saute pan, brown the pineapple chunks over medium heat (3-5 minutes)

Browned (Carmelized) Pineapple chunks

Once browned, place the chunks on a cutting board and allow to cool for a minute or two. After they are cool enough to touch, rough cut them. I left a few big chunks to please to palate.

In a mixing bowl place the cut chunks, mayo and teriyaki sauce. Mix until combined into a chunky sauce. With a microplane grater, add about 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root and then stir again to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.

To serve, place a generous portion of the sauce on top of your burgers. For the picture above we grilled burgers on an electric griddle with Havarti cheese served on Stern’s Kosher Hamburger Buns (if you can find these buns in your store they are amazing!!). Enjoy.   (Refrigerate unused portion for up to 24 hours)

editors note(s):

  1. I am not a professional chef, not even close. This recipe worked very well for us, your results may vary (but it is hard to go wrong with this ingredient combination).
  2. I have never been to Hawaii, and as such the reader should be skeptical of my naming of this sauce.
  3. Why yes, bacon would be awesome with this burger! Some carmelized onions wouldn’t hurt either.
  4. Havarti and Hawaii look very similar, but Havarti cheese does not come from Hawaii.
  5. And finally, your cardiologist would not approve of this recipe (despite all the veggies on the plate!)

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