Recipe: Spicy Teriyaki Candied Bacon Burger

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I’ve loved Big Kahuna burgers since I first met Red Robin’s version in high school. They’re a bit of a balancing act, though. Between the pineapple and the teriyaki sauce, it’s real easy to go overboard. Go out of balance and you end up with a sweet, sugary mess…

...or not impressing this guy enough to save you after pissing off Marselis Wallace.

…or not impressing this guy enough to save you after pissing off Marselis Wallace.

I’ve been jonesing a good teriyaki burger for a few weeks and looking for a chance to tweak the teriyaki pineapple marinade in Flavorize. This was a win-win. The easy route would have been to just mix up the sauce, marinate the ground chuck, and slap it all together. It would also be, well, normal.

IMG_9772editedThat’s why I spiced up Dr. BBQ’s sauce with a minced Thai chile from my garden, marinated the bacon instead, used a kona coffee rub on the beef, and went with a King’s Hawaiian hamburger bun. I was really happy with how everything balanced out; the Thai chile and some wasabi mayo offset the sweet with a spicy kick. Here’s the recipe.

 

 

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Managing Editor | Mark is a freelance journalist based out of Los Angeles. He’s our Do-It-Yourself specialist, and happily agrees to try pretty much every twisted project we come up with.

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