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Aussie Burger

  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:35 min
July 2008
Some Australians add grilled onions to this burger—feel free to make it your own. Learn the story behind this dish in our column, The Recipe.
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chile paste such as sambal oelek
  • 1 1/4 lb ground beef chuck
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup drained sliced pickled beets
  • Accompaniments:

    lettuce; tomato slices
  • Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas); see “Grilling Procedure.”
  • Combine ketchup, mayonnaise, and chile paste.
  • Mix beef with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, then form into 4 (4 1/4-inch-diameter) patties.
  • Lightly toast rolls on grill.
  • Pat pineapple dry and brush with 1/2 Tbsp oil.
  • Oil grill rack, then grill pineapple and burgers, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until pineapple is tender and caramelized and burgers are medium-rare, about 4 minutes total.
  • Heat remaining 1/2 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then fry eggs.
  • Spread chile mayonnaise on rolls, then assemble burgers with pineapple, beets, eggs, lettuce, and tomato.
Cooks’ note: Rolls, pineapple, and burgers can be cooked in a hot oiled large (2-burner) ridged grill pan over medium-high heat.
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