Cooper Sharp Teriyaki Pineapple Cheeseburger

Slice Slice SLICE 8 8 SERVES: 8

Pineapple on the grill is tough to beat. Pineapple on the grill, on top of a cheeseburger, when said cheeseburger is itself topped with Cooper Cheese … beating that might be a statistical impossibility. So if you’re dreaming of Hawaiian beaches, planning a luau, or just in the mood for something sweet and savory and a little bit tropical, this Cooper Sharp Teriyaki Pineapple Cheeseburger is a meal you won’t want to pass up.

INGREDIENTS

Sauce:
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Burgers:
2 pounds lean ground beef (we recommend 93%)
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

Toppings:
8 slices pineapple (fresh or canned)
8 slices red onion
16 slices Cooper Sharp White cheese
8 kaiser rolls (or your favorite)
spring green mix lettuce
fresh cilantro, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine teriyaki and Sriracha sauces, sesame seeds and grated ginger.

In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch into the cold water. Add to sauce mixture, reduce to a simmer and stir regularly until thick. Set aside.

Prepare grill to temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef with scallions, ginger and Sriracha sauce. Form into 8 equal-sized balls, then form into patties.

Grill the pineapple and onion slices about three minutes per side. Set aside.

Grill burgers to desired doneness. While burgers are finishing on the grill, add 2 slices of Cooper Cheese to each burger. Set aside while preparing to assemble the burgers.

Cut the kaiser rolls in half. Place on grill, cut side down, for a few seconds or until slightly toasted.

Assemble your burgers:
Dollop the bottom half of each roll with the teriyaki sesame sauce. Layer spring green mix lettuce. Add chopped fresh cilantro. Place cheeseburger patty on top. Add a slice of onion and a slice of grilled pineapple. If desired, add additional sauce and cilantro. Top the cheeseburger with the remaining half of the roll.

Then light the Tiki torches and enjoy!