Playing with flavor combinations is one of my favorite parts of cooking at home. Being able to put a little of this and a little of that, and making food to completely satisfy everything we want is my idea of perfect. I wanted to make a grilled pineapple salsa; a little sweet, a little spicy, slightly warm, and a little smokey. Grilling the pineapple brings out the sweetness and chars the edges just a little--adding a super awesome layer of flavor to the pineapple. The onions, cilantro, and jalapeno round out the grilled pineapple to make a delicious salsa.
Adding barbecue sauce, cheese, and bacon to the burger just throws it over the top. The burger is salty, cheesy, sweet, savory and spicy. It is literally everything I want in a burger, shoved between two buns, and then devoured for dinner. Try these barbecue bacon burgers topped with grilled pineapple salsa for dinner soon! The pineapple salsa will be a great addition to a Memorial Day barbecue; put it on burgers, hot dogs, or eat it with chips!
Barbecue Bacon Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
author: Happy Food Happy Home
4 burger patties (beef, turkey, veggie, it's up to you!)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
4 slices monterey jack cheese
4-8 slices bacon
1/2 a pineapple (you'll need 1 cup cubed pineapple pieces)
1/2 cup onion, diced
3-4 tablespoons jalapeno (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat your grill to high heat. Slice half of the pineapple into large slices. Grill over medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side until grill marks are made and edges of the pineapple are slightly charred. Remove from grill and let cool.
- Dice onion and jalapeno.
- Cut the charred pineapple into bite size cubes.
- Stir together the pineapple, onions, jalapeno, and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Season burger patties with seasoned salt, pepper, and kosher salt.
- Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked through. Brush barbecue sauce on burgers.
- Turn off grill and add cheese to patties. Let sit in the closed grill until the cheese has melted.
- Place the burgers on buns and top with bacon and pineapple salsa. Slam the top on the bun and eat that burger!
- Notes: You can use any burger patty you'd like.
- Feel free to add or subtract any topping you see fit. No bacon, more cheese, etc.
The pineapple salsa on top of the barbecue burger provides a sweet and spicy contrast to the salty savory burger. I also can't wait to try the salsa on top of chicken, and in fish tacos! I have food ideas pouring out of my head right now, and I am definitely not complaining!
What is your favorite thing to grill? Are you ready to throw some fruit on your burger, or does it make you a little nervous? Let me know!