Friday, March 10, 2017

Aloha Burgers with Pineapple Relish

Aloha Burgers with Pineapple Relish
Servings: about 4

For the relish:
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
3/4  medium red onion, finely diced (the rest will go in the sliders)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
Zest from 1 lime
1/4 tsp salt
2 to 2 1/2 c, diced pineapple
1/4 c. cilantro

For the burgers:
2 lbs. ground pork
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/4 c. red onion, finely diced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and pepper

To start the relish, heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. When it's melted, add the onion, jalapeno, lime zest, and salt. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add the pineapple and mix well. Keep the pan a bit lower to prevent the sugars in the pineapple from burning before the pineapple has a chance to cook. Stir gently over medium-low heat for about 25 to 30 minutes. It's done when the pineapple has a nice caramel color and is softened, but not mushy.

Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro. Cover until ready to use with the sliders.

While the sauce is simmering, combine the ingredients for the burgers in a large bowl, and shape into 6 patties.

Heat a grill to medium-high, and grill for 5 to 6 minutes. Flip, and cook for 4 to 6 more minutes. When the internal temperature of the burgers is 160, remove from the grill. Serve hot with the pineapple relish over the top.

Notes: Very tasty - goes really well with cauliflower rice and greens.

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