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Oh. My. Goodness. This Asian Spam Burger is definitely a Cheat Day meal. Spam is sliced thin, fried crispy, and then left to simmer in Asian BBQ sauce. Not gonna lie, I ate a slice or two of these just by themselves while waiting for the burgers.
The perfect complement to the salty Spam and juicy burger is this pineapple relish. I first wrote about this combination in this post about a local food truck. Their relish is a bit sweeter than mine. I wanted to add some heat. We ate plenty of it with blue corn chips before topping our burgers because it was spicy like a salsa. But still sweet because… pineapple.
We’re getting ready to grill up a storm tomorrow for Memorial Day. We’re going to have some baby back ribs, chicken wings, burgers, and habanero chicken sausages. Made possible by the fact that I bought myself my very own grill! I feel so manly. A few years ago, I bought Rudy a Big Green Egg and it’s nice for pizzas or burgers, but when we’ve got an entire smorgasbord planned, it’s nice to have two grills going. I bought a plain ol’ Weber charcoal grill and I love it. The only upgrade I paid for was the built-in thermometer which I think is a must-have. Still, it was only $150. A perfect starter grill in my opinion. I also got the chimney starter. My brother had one when we went to visit in February and it’s so nifty and convenient.
Now that summer is almost here, look for more grilling recipes. I may be slightly addicted to my new toy.
I love hearing from you guys! Comment below and let me know how you like this recipe. Which grilling recipes would you like to see in the future? Do you prefer gas or charcoal grills? Have a great holiday!
Asian Spam Burger
- 2 pounds hamburger 80/20
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- 6 slices pepper jack cheese
- 1 can Spam sliced thin
- 1/4 cup Asian BBQ Sauce
- 6 hamburger buns
- red onion slices
- pineapple relish
Heat grill to 300 F.
Mix the hamburger, seasoned salt, and worcestershire sauce with your hands and make 6 patties. Grind some pepper onto both sides.
Grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until burgers are as done as you would like.
Add cheese and leave the burgers on the grill just long enough to melt.
Top with Spam, red onions, and pineapple relish.
- 20 ounces crushed pineapple
- 2 tablespoons sweet red chili sauce
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1 cup cilantro chopped
- 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons Renfro's jalapeno salsa
- squeeze of lime
Pour the pineapple in a large bowl and let it sit while the juices start to pool around it. Drain and repeat a few times.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.