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Polynesian Burgers with Five Spice Cabbage Topping

Preparation Time:
25 minutes (15 minutes to prepare cabbage topping and 10 minutes to prepare patties)
Cooking Time 10 minutes (10 minutes to cook patties and toast rolls)
Let your mind take you to the islands of Hawaii when you feast on these flavor filled burgers. It is said that most restaurants in Hawaii have five spice on the tables. When you taste this burger you will understand why. The asian flavors in this burger with the addition of pineapple provide a delicious burger, especially when grilled. The five spice cabbage enhances these flavors and gives the burger a nice lite crunch of fresh spicy veggies.


Five Spice Cabbage Topping
1 bag chopped cabbage
1 red pepper very thinly sliced
1 ¾ teaspoon five spice seasoning
¼ cup saffron oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 pounds ground sirloin
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
olive oil for brushing the grill rack
6 four packs Hawaiian Rolls (do not divide groups of four rolls)
olive oil for bushing the rolls


Directions Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the five Spice Cabbage Topping place cabbage in a medium sized bowl. Slice the red bell pepper and toss in with cabbage. In a blender, combine remaining ingredients and blend one minute. Pour over cabbage and red pepper mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving time. To make the patties, place ground sirloin in a large bowl. Add sherry, pineapple juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper and mustard. Mix gently as not to over handle the ground sirloin. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and form patties. Brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and grill 4 – 5 minutes. While patties cook on the first side, brush inside of each roll grouping with olive oil and set aside. Turn patties and continue to grill until cooked to preference, approximately 5 minutes for medium cooked burgers. As soon as patties are turned, place rolls on outer portion of the grill rack, open side down to slightly toast. Remove toasted rolls from grill and place each on a plate open. Place one burger on each bottom bun. Scope approximately3/4 cup of the Five Spice Cabbage Topping on to each burger. Then close with the top half of the roll and serve.


The Hawaiian Rolls have been found at all grocery stores. When using these rolls, be sure to purchase the small 4 packs. The rolls are grouped together and if you do not separate them, they make the perfect burger bun.