Dinner Tonight: Tomatillo & Pineapple Burgers

This dinner got me really excited!  I mean…really, really excited!  I love coming up with new ways to make my weeknight burger feel more special.  Easy ways.  Flavorful ways.  And this did the trick!
Here’s the thing…I’m going to give you the recipe for the homemade version of this salsa (because that’s what I used)…but…if you want to go the simple, simple route, check the bottom of this recipe for a quick, store-bought version.  Either way, you’re going to love the flavor combination!
Shopping List
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons steak seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you have that pairs nicely with beef)
8-10 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed off
3-4 garlic cloves
1 onion, sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced (remove seeds for a less spicy version)
the juice of one lime
1 (8 oz) can Pineapple Tidbits (or crushed pineapple), drained
1 avocado, sliced
Pepper Jack Cheese slices
Salt and Pepper
Burger Buns
To make the salsa, in the bowl of your food processor, combine tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalepeno, and lime juice and pulse until salsa consistency.  Stir in your pineapple.  Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
Preheat your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine ground beef with steak seasoning and a little salt and pepper.  Divide ground beef mixture into 4 burger patties. Grill about 6 minutes each side.  Add a slice of cheese on top about a minute before they’re done.
To assemble your burgers, take one bun, top with burger patty, sliced avocado and then your tomatillo-pineapple salsa.  Serve open face.
So flavorful!  The sweetness of the pineapple really pairs well with the spiciness of jalapeno and the cheese.
Ok…what if you want to make this even simpler?  All you need to do is buy a jar of tomatillo salsa (it’s right there on the salsa aisle…it’s green) and combine that with your crushed pineapple.  Done.  Simple, right?
  Burgers are a summertime necessity…but they don’t have to be boring burgers!
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  • jmcr foundation May 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Looks delish..:)

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} May 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Okay. I'm intrigued. TOTALLY intrigued. I love burgers. I love pineapple. I love avocados. Stands to reason I'm gonna love this burger!

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  • Aubs May 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I have never bought or used a tomatillo but I love that you give me the confidence to step out of my cooking comfort zone and try things I normally wouldn't!! Totally going to have to try this one!! =)

  • Shea May 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Looks awesome! I love your blog and get so excited to read your posts. You are part of the reason I am *attempting* my own.
    Can't wait to try this one!

  • A Modern Commonplace Book May 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE pineapple in the summer -so can't wait to try this!


  • Jen {Whimsy at Heart} May 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Burgers with tomatillos & pineapples? Sign me up! I will use this recipe next week!

  • Kathleen June 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I made these two nights and immediately wanted to make another batch! They are delicious and super easy, especially if you use the jarred salsa šŸ˜‰

  • Kathleen June 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I made these a couple of nights ago and immediately wanted to make more! So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Grace Hoosier June 14, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I tried these and loved the burgers! I would definitely reduce the onion and garlic next time since they were very strong flavors. It made a ton of salsa, so I ate my leftovers with blue corn tortilla chips. The Archer Farms organic version at Target are sooo yummy! šŸ™‚