Don’t you hate when you’re eating a burger and the toppings go sliding off onto your lap? We solved that problem by wrapping everything up together, which also really allows the sweet and smoky flavors to permeate the meat. Once you taste how much island flair our Hawaiian-inspired burger has, you’ll never eat a plain hamburger again.
Make this burger even more over-the-top with a slice of cheese— ’cause you know that if bacon, pineapple, and cheese make such a good team on pizza, they’ll be amazing on a burger. Or you could also use this bacon-wrapping technique to dress up chicken breasts, or go really exotic and sub teriyaki for the BBQ sauce.
2 pounds lean ground beef
½ cup prepared barbecue sauce
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
4 canned sliced pineapple rings
8 slices bacon
Hamburger buns (optional)
Hamburger toppings (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and it set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef and the barbecue sauce. Shape the beef mixture into 4 patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper.
Place two strips of bacon to make four X’s on the baking sheet. Place a hamburger patty on the center of each X, and a pineapple ring on top of each patty. Wrap the patties in a crisscross fashion by folding up the ends of the strips of bacon. Use a toothpick in the center to help secure the bacon. Repeat with the remaining burgers.
Bake the burgers until the beef patties and bacon are cooked to your liking. For extra-crispy bacon, place the patties under the broiler for 3 to5 minutes after the burgers are done cooking.