Once in a lifetime memories, unforgettable game winning drives, finger licking good barbecue dishes throughout the afternoon – this is what playoff football is all about! As the road to the big game draws to a close, likewise the end of the Winter Game Day series nears its seasonal finale. For the final “Hail Mary,” here are Hawaiian Beef Sliders – the perfect handheld succulence combining sweet pineapple, salty bacon, and spicy jalapeños.
The Hawaiian flavors are infused into these sliders by mixing the ground beef with salt, pepper, and pineapple to make the patties. Then the patties are marinated in a combination of soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice to deepen the flavor profile. After grilling, they are topped with bacon, sliced jalapenos, and more pineapple wonderfully marrying medium heat and sweetness in handful portion. So fire up the grill, proudly display the colors of your favorite team, and bring the heat on a brisk winter game day.
Hawaiian Beef Slider Ingredients
- 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 18 miniature whole wheat buns
- Baby spinach leaves
- 3 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- Sliced jalapeno peppers, optional
Hawaiian Beef Slider Directions
- Drain pineapple, reserving juice and 1-1/2 cups pineapple (save remaining pineapple for another use). In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup reserved crushed pineapple, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 patties; place in two 11×7-in. dishes.
- In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half of marinade into each dish; cover and refrigerate 1 hour, turning once.
- Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, coat grill rack lightly.
- Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
- Grill buns, uncovered, 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with spinach, remaining pineapple, bacon and jalapeno peppers if desired.
Taken from TasteofHome.com