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Best Shepherd’s Pie

This is one of my favorite recipes from my newest cookbook, and I want to share it with you today because a) It has nothing to do with lovely, pastel Easter recipes, b) We’re not to far away from burger/grilling season (huh? How did that happen?), and c) This is hands-down one of the most delicious burgers I have ever, ever, ever eaten. It is a loose interpretation of what an official Hawaiian burger would look like if there was such a thing as an official Hawaiian burger, and I don’t know if there is or not, because how in the world would I ever find something like that out? I suppose I could Google “Official Hawaiian Burger” and spend the rest of the day researching it and determining the authentic elements of what one would involve… (But I think I’d rather just eat this one instead.) Here’s how to make it!

½ cup Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
1 Tablespoon Honey
¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
8 whole Canned Pineapple Rings
1 whole Large Red Bell Pepper, Seeded And Cut Into Rings
1-½ pound Ground Beef
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Teriyaki Sauce, As Needed
4 slices Provolone Cheese
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 whole Onion Rolls
½ whole Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
Green Lettuce Leaves


To make the sauce, stir together the mayo, teriyaki sauce, honey, and cayenne. Set aside.

Grill the pineapple and bell pepper rings over medium-high heat until they have great grill marks. (You can also just brown them in a hot skillet.)

Season the ground beef and form it into 4 equal sized patties. Cook them over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes on the first side, then flip them over and add a splash of teriyaki sauce on top of each one. Place a slice of cheese on each patty and let it melt while the burger cooks through, about 4 minutes longer.

Butter a griddle or separate skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Spoon a little bit of the sauce on both sides and allow it to soak into the bread. Place the patties on the bottom buns and top each one with two pineapple slices, red onion slices, grilled bell pepper, and lettuce. Top with the top bun and smush it all together. Serve with extra sauce for dipping!