Hawaiian Pineapple Burger with Sweet Maui Onions and Homemade Taro Chips

I have for you today on this lovely Aloha Friday a burger of epic proportions. My Hawaiian Pineapple Burger with Sweet Maui Onions and Homemade Taro Chips. That goes amazingly well with Maui Brewing Co. beer.
Hawaiian Pineapple Burger with Sweet Maui Onions and Homemade Taro Chips www.pineappleandcoconut.com

When my friend Kita of the blog Girl Carnivore asked me to join in her burger month group I was excited to join in since it has been a while since I posted a burger recipe on my blog. I found out about the group before my recent trip to Hawaii and I told her my burger would be ” some sort of epic Hawaiian burger”.

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Hawaiian Pineapple Burger with Sweet Maui Onions and Homemade Taro Chips www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I know its a bit cliche to have something pineapple in a recipe and call it Hawaiian. When that actually bugs me to no end. Just adding in pineapple doesn’t make it Hawaiian. Especially when its nachos, or tater tot casserole, or a grilled cheese sandwich or anything really that isn’t remotely close to Hawaiian cuisine. So for me to even call this Hawaiian – it should be more Hawaiian inspired – BUT – I have so many ingredients in it that came from Hawaii that I am sticking to the name.

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POG Mojitos ( Passion-Orange-Guava)

We just got back from almost two weeks spent in my happy place – Hawaii. Maui to be exact. The weather was amazing, the beaches were relaxing and fun, the food was delicious, the adventures were incredible and the drinks were refreshing. My kids loved it as much as my husband and I. It was  a struggle to pull them off the beach every evening once the sun had set. I don’t blame them one bit, it’s hard for me to leave the beach as well.   On one of the first days there we made the obligatory ABC store visit for a few items, sunscreen, towels and some local coconut rum and POG to make Mai Tais and these POG mojitos.

POG Mojitos (Passion-Orange-Guava) My favorite Hawaiian juice made into a refreshing tropical cocktail. www.pineappleandcoconut.com

POG is my favorite Hawaiian juice from when I was a kid. Its Passion fruit, orange and Guava juices also called “Pass-O-Guava” Nectar. You could ( and probably still can) buy it by the half gallon carton at the grocery store but on the mainland I normally find it at Asian or International grocery stores. Shops that carry Hawaiian groceries or you can always order from Amazon. Amazon has everything.

  POG Mojitos (Passion-Orange-Guava) My favorite Hawaiian juice made into a refreshing tropical cocktail. www.pineappleandcoconut.com

A friend of mine and I were playing tennis one am when she told me about a Poke shop here in Vegas that she said was 100% authentic Hawaiian style. I knew we had to go. We made plans for the next day. Our kids were in tennis camp and had an hour and a half left so we snuck off to get food. I walked into the shop and I felt that the doorway was a teleporter straight to any and every poke shop I had ever been to in Hawaii. Poke is a style or preparation of raw fish, often ahi tuna, with a variety of flavorings, soy sauce, sesame oil, shoyu, ginger, garlic, seaweed, spicy, you name it, and served as is or over rice for a Poke bowl. This shop had more poke than I could have ever imagined plus shelves lined with Hawaiian dry goods, pantry items and a refrigerator and freezer with other items, one being a 6 pack of cans of POG.

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Sous Vide Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

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I realized a few weeks ago  I had yet to blog one of my favorite dishes I make. One of my favorite Hawaiian recipes that is so simple and so flavorful. A recipe that is in regular rotation on the dinner menu ( and leftovers for lunch menu) that my whole family loves.  Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken. […]

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Mango Pineapple Agua Fresca

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If you drink only one fruity beverage this summer, this Mango Pineapple Aqua Fresca should be it. This refreshing beverage is super easy to make and it is something I crave during the hot summer months. Its non-alcoholic so my kids can enjoy it as well. I will tell you, however, that it is tasty as a […]

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‘Otai – Tongan Watermelon Drink

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Today is National Drink Watermelon Day, or is it National watermelon drink day? Either way I am celebrating. I don’t make these things up, I just participate in these crazy national food holidays when some sound like they would be fun to participate in. I was on instagram the other day and saw that the […]

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Tin Roof! Rusted! Tin Roof Ice Cream Cones

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Remember the B52’s song “Love Shack” and the part where they stop the music and the one gal yells “Tiiiiiiiiin Roof!  Rusted!” That is what inspired this recipe today. Tin roof ice cream cones..but “rusted” with the swirl of caramel sauce. AND right in time to celebrate National Ice Cream day. I believe one can […]

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I am a huge tennis fan and the last two weeks most of my time has been spent watching Wimbledon. Or at least having it on my computer while I attempt to get other things done.  Wimbledon is known for its traditions from its all white attire for players to the food and drink served […]

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Lemon Ginger Crepes with Blackberry Whipped Cream

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Ooh la la Lemon Ginger Crepes are so fancy sounding but they couldn’t be easier to make. When Cost Plus World Market asked me to make a fun recipe with some of their lemon and ginger products I immediately thought of making crepes. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. You all know […]

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Mediterranean Grilled Pizzas #WorldMarketLove4Outdoors

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At first I was afraid thinking if I placed pizza dough directly on the grill it would fall through and make a giant mess. Not true!! Grilling pizza couldn’t be easier and I have come up with 4 different Mediterranean grilled pizzas for your today with ideas for many more. This post is sponsored by […]

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Tahitian Vanilla Seared Scallops with Lemon Coconut Risotto

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I have some fancy food for you today. Tahitian vanilla seared scallops with lemon coconut risotto and a vanilla bean beurre blanc. Once in a while I love to cook something I would typically order in a restaurant but not make at home due to the work involved. Things that professional chefs have training on […]

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Tropical 7 Layer Bars

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Time for a decadent sweet treat – tropical 7 layer bars. Like the 7 layer bar you remember from picnics and summer potlucks but made with as many tropical ingredients that I could find. This post is sponsored by World Market, they asked me to make a fun summer themed tropical recipe and I knew […]

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Simple Citrus and Coconut Cocktail

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It was 90 degrees today. I feel bad for friends that are still talking about snowfall, waiting for spring when Vegas is feeling like summertime. There have been nectarines and cherries at the farmers markets already, and weather like this makes me want to sit outside, stick my feet in the kiddy pool and sip […]

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