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Saturday, September 29, 2007


Not sure if anyone remembers, but a few weeks ago I bought two hamburger cookbooks with the intention of making one or two "fancy" burger recipes each month. Tonight was my first attempt -- the coconut-flake hawaiian burger.

HAWAIIAN BURGER - Main ingredients
If you don't mind a little sweetness in your burgers, then this recipe is for you. Mixed into 2 pounds of ground beef (90 percent lean) is 3 tablespoons of coconut cream (I used coconut milk), 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper.

HAWAIIAN BURGER - Macadamia mash
While the burgers were grillin' I prepared the "coconut macadamia nut glaze" that would be used as a topping. It was essentially 8 ground up macadamia nuts (above), 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes and 3 tablespoons of coconut cream, combined and simmered in a saucepan for about five minutes.

Here's the finished product. Eight ounces of beef served on bed of baby romaine lettuce, topped with the coco-mac nut glaze and one slice of pineapple between a toasted sesame seed kaiser roll. Overall it was great burger. The coco-mac nut glaze was very sweet which was a nice change of pace as far as burgers are concerned. I ate two of these half-pounders, with the other one prepared minus the glaze and pineapple. Even without those two key toppings, the sweetness of the sugar and coconut in the beef was evident, but only subtly.

A full set of pics can be seen here.


Blogger Carey said...

Wow that sound's good. Better watch out or Bobby Flay is going to show up at your door looking for a battle.

5:47 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

I'd throw down with B-Flay. I make some kick ass pancakes and my box mac & cheese can't be beat (the secret: DOUBLE butter).

My next burger in about two weeks will be stuffed blue cheese burgers with apple and bacon.

7:35 PM

Anonymous liz said...

Hmmm, you've made this look delicious to a vegetarian!

7:28 PM

Blogger The Rahn Family said...

Looks good, and the pics look like something you would see on food network. LOL :) So when are we coming over for Hawaiian burgers?

3:25 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Very soon I hope! Actually, we may be visiting you (at your new house) even sooner.

8:52 AM


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