Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

 Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Burgers


Transport your taste buds to the tropics with Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Burgers. A taste of paradise on a bun. This is one of my kids' favorite burger recipes. I try to make them at least once each summer, when weather is ideal for outdoor grilling. But these Chicken Burgers can be grilled indoors using a good quality pan grill. When I grill them indoors, I sometimes swirl a tiny dash of liquid smoke around the grill pan while it preheats. (I have to be careful with that though, because a little goes a long way and it can be overwhelming if I use too much Liquid Smoke). Sweet onions are best for these burgers, so the natural sugars melt during grilling and nearly caramelize the onions.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Burgers




Cook time: 20 Min  Prep time: 15 Min  Serves: 4
Ingredients
oil - for grill grates
1 lb lean ground chicken
1/4 cup chopped vidalia onion (or other sweet onion, such as walla walla)
4 slice vidalia onion (each 1/4-inch thick) - do not separate into rings
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained - reserve 2 tbsp pineapple juice
1/2 cup plain barbecue sauce
1 small clove garlic, minced
4 slice provolone cheese
4 lg hambruger buns
4 slice bacon, cooked crisp
Directions
1. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Spray grill grates with oil.
2. Mix 1/4 cup BBQ sauce with the 2 Tbsp reserved pineapple juice. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, chopped onion, salt, pepper, drained pineapple, garlic, and remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce until well mixed. Form chicken mixture into 4 patties.
4. Place onion slices on grill so they're not directly over heat. Grill about 10 minutes. Place patties directly over the heat of hot grill, and cook 6 to 8 minutes.
5. Carefully and gently (without separating into rings), flip the onion slices and grill other side for about 4 minutes longer. Flip the chicken patties, and cook 4 to 6 minutes on second side. (Center should be fully cooked, and internal temperature should reach 165°F.)
6. Baste the chicken patties and onion slices with the BBQ/Pineapple juice mixture.
7. If you prefer toasted buns, place buns on grill and let toast about 30 to 60 seconds or as desired.
8. Place 1 slice of Provolone on each cooked chicken patty.
9. TO ASSEMBLE THE BURGERS: Place a grilled chicken patty on each bottom bun. Top each patty with grilled onions and a bacon slice. Dress with additional burger toppings of your choice (such as lettuce, pickles, etc.). Add top bun, and serve immediately.

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