The real question here is… what do you even do with yourself after eating a burger like this? I have no idea.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

This is like a burger on drugs. It has four components which I will argue to the death are incredibly important for this burger to be all OMG and you-must-eat-right-now or life will end.

It’s my favorite thing in the universe at the moment and if it’s not making an appearance during your memorial day weekend, I’m going to shed gigantic alligator tears.

Seriously.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

In between these two toasted buns (which I totally slathered with melted butter before toasting, because LIFE) is a fontina smothered burger… topped with bacon… topped with caramelized pineapple… topped with candied jalapenos… and finished off with a spread of sweet chili mayo.

It’s all my dreams come true.

Like I just want to tell it to shut up. I can’t handle how delicious it is.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

Last month I asked you on one of my Tuesday things posts what your all-time favorite burger topping was. Truly, it was a  totally selfish question as I was making burgers that week for dinner and bored of the regular routine, and also gearing up for a summer full of my favorite sandwiches smashed in between two buttery crusty buns.

An overwhelming majority of you kept screaming pineapple! pineapple! pineapple! in the comments and while I think I’ve had a burger with pineapple on top (like YEARS ago) it wasn’t until you were shoving it in my face that I realized it was an actual thing.

Bunches of you also talked about candied jalapenos, which weren’t so new to me but I figured that the combination with the pineapple would just be insane.  One of my favorite recipes in my book is a burger I make with a “quick jalapeño jam” – basically chopped jalapeños combined with delicious things and lots of sugar and boiled down within minutes to create a fabulous makeshift spread that complements cheese in one ridiculous way. I’m all over it.

Since I can’t be bothered to learn how to can things and the idea of throwing jars in large pots of boiling water stresses me out, I used my friend Rebecca’s recipe for candied jalapeños, scaled it way down and simply made them and allow them to cool.

Then piled them all up on this burger’s grill and went to town.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

Eddie devoured two of them instantly for dinner that night – even though they are seriously HUGE burgers. I had one and a half. They are one of those things that are just so freaking good that you CAN’T STOP EATING THEM. You don’t want to stop.

Nothing on earth tastes this fabulous.

Salty, sweet, spicy, crunchy – this baby has it all.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

So that’s my hard sell on this forthcoming memorial day weekend when hopefully you’ll be firing up the grill and bathing in buckets of ice cream and mojitos.

You deserve it.

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

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Bacon Pineapple Burgers with Candied Jalepenos and Sweet Chili Mayo

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

4 jalapeño peppers, sliced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 pineapple rings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound ground beef (I used 90% lean)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 ounces of fontina cheese, sliced
8 slices cooked bacon
1/2 cup mayo
3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
4 kaiser rolls, toasted and brushed with melted butter

Directions:

To make the candied jalapeños, Add the vinegar, sugar and garlic powder to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to boil for 2 to 3 minutes, then add in the peppers and stir with a wooden spoon, making sure all of the slices are submerged. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the peppers with a slotted spoon and place them in a jar or a bowl. Continue to cook the liquid for another 5 minutes until it has reduced by half, then pour it over the jalapeños. Allow the peppers to cool completely - you can do this a day ahead of time too.

To make the caramelized pineapple, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add butter. Add the pineapple rings and cook until they are golden and caramelized, about 5 minutes per side.

To make the burgers, mix the ground beef with the salt, pepper and minced garlic until combined. Form the burgers into 4 equal patties. You can grill the burgers but if I'm photographing, it's easier for me to cook them in a skillet. I usually add a tablespoon of butter and cook on medium high heat until the burgers reach medium-well doneness. In the last minute, I add the cheese on top and cover the burgers, allowing it to melt.

To make the sweet chili mayo, whisk together the mayo and chili sauce in a bowl until combined.

To assemble the burgers, add the burgers to the bun and top it with the bacon, the pineapple and the candied jalapeños. Spread the sweet chili mayo on top of the bun and and serve immediately!

[jalapeños adapted from <foodie with family]

bacon pineapple burgers with candied jalapeños and sweet chili mayo I howsweeteats.com

p.s. if this freaks you out, you should prob try this burger. or this one. or this. or even this. oh heck. make them all.

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73 Responses to “Bacon Pineapple Burgers. (or maybe… OMGburgers)”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 23, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    yes to OMG burgers! I totally just tried making a burger with grilled pineapple and my taste buds fell off my head. Kind of obsessed with the fact that you added candied jalapenos! Pinned!

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    abigail — May 23, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    I’m totally making these tonight!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 23, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    Wow! These look incredible!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 23, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    OMG yes! I’m such a sucker for grilled pineapple of any sort, and I love pairing it with spicy things. Happy long weekend Jess (I’m jealous too – ours was last weekend but I could do with another!) :)

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    Tara — May 23, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    OMG Yes!! Immediately added this to the meal plan for next week!
    I also love grilled chicken burgers with grilled pineapples. A fluffy roll, chicken breast generously seasoned, grilled pineapple, rocket, and chilli mayo. Disgustingly delicious!

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    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — May 23, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    Ooh, I love grilled pineapple! Something about that intense sweetness once heated that is just so wonderful. Pineapple really is fantastic on top of a burger – I love that you added jalapeños and bacon, too!

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    Jess — May 23, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    I love most of the recipes you post. I really do. BUT THIS IS UNREAL. I CAN’T HANDLE IT. I have to make it. Thank you. (this pic may become my desktop background)

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — May 23, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    Um, yes. I want this burger right now.

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    Adam @ CorrChilled — May 23, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    Those candied jalapenos look delicious! They remind me of sundried tomatoes. Delish!

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    Rebecca {foodie with family} — May 23, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    One of these days, we are going to get together and I’m going to prove that throwing jars in pots of boiling water is GREAT FUN! :D

    What an amazing looking burger, girl. I’m glad you did the non-canning version of my candied jalapenos. They’re kind of bonkers, aren’t they? And with pineapple on burger with FONTINA? I die. ♥

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    Michelle Hill — May 23, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    yeah.
    mouth is watering over here.
    for a second I thought you were serving this burger with out the hamburger meat and I was quite surprised…than I saw the picture with the burgers in the pan and thought, as a new reader, I have a lot to learn about this gal ;)
    Enjoy your memorial day weekend!!

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    Michelle Hill — May 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Just confirmed with hubby (as if he would have said no).
    This is happening all up in and around our mouths this weekend.
    I’m so excited (my stomach just growled in contentment, eeiiiii!)

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    Julie — May 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    It looks delicious. I wish that I liked cooked pineapple. I am wishing that so hard right now.

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    Cindy — May 23, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    YES! to all of this. I’m totally making these for our memorial day…the baby demands it.

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 23, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    These freakin rock. I’m starting to add pineapple to everything and I love it.

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    Kailley @ Kailley's Kitchen — May 23, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Okay, you’ve officially outdone yourself with these!! Dying over the sweet-meets-savor-meets-heat flavor combo. And the bacon factor. Totally the bacon factor. Girl, I’m obsessed!

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    Elizabeth — May 23, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Oh my goodness. I know what I am doing this weekend! This reminds me of my first pineapple burger from a food truck named Happy Endings hehe. I am so excited to make this… whole foods here I come!

    http://www.theclosetorganizer.blogspot.com

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    Theo — May 23, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    OMG, This looks amazing indeed and I’m sure it must be very delicious. I’m gonna make it this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Mindy@FindingSilverLinings — May 23, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    Holy $#1+ I think I just like died.

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    Nicole — May 23, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    You’re my hero. I was literally thinking about what I could make for dinner that included ground beef, fontina, and jalapenos. This is amazing.

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — May 23, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Grilled pineapple on burgers is the best! Such a great combo!

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    lacy — May 23, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    OHMYGOSH. GIVE ME NOW. I LOVE YOU

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    Jo — May 23, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    This looks insanely delicious and WILL be on our weekend menu! What kind of sweet chili sauce did you use?

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    Angel Reyes — May 23, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    1. Beautiful photography.
    2. That burger seems to put all other burgers to shame.
    3. That grilled pineapple is everything! It looks so perfect!
    Amazing!

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    Elinor — May 23, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    WHOA.

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    Violet ~ Through the Eyes of Violet — May 23, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    The GRILLLED PINEAPPPLE?!!??!?!

    yes. yes. YES. this looks incredible.

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    Millie// addalittle — May 23, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    Totally crazy! Totally mouth watering!!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — May 23, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    Just beautiful! I know these would be a hit with the men and boys in my life. Oh yum!
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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    Leah Slavens — May 23, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    Oh my gosh. I want this like right now. UGH so good!

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    Eleanna @Foodaki — May 23, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    I was happily browsing my Bloglovin feed today when, all of a sudden, this post appeard with the words “bacon”, “pineapple” and “burger” all in the same sentence! I knew then that I just had to check it out. What a brilliant recipe! I’ll probably stay with the fantasy of it, but, as hope never dies, I’ll attempt it at first opportunity. I love pineapple and ham pizza, and I bet this burger is ten times better. Thanks for sharing!

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    Larry — May 23, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
    I just showed this to my co-workers and they are angry. Angry that they are not eating this at this very moment in time.

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    Molly @ Doughvelopment — May 23, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    Pineapple on burgers is rocking! But the candied jalapeños sound like they take this burger out of this universe! Just amazing, as usual!

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    ATasteOfMadness — May 23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    These sure are some funky burgers. In the best way possible. I love it!

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    Alaina (Fabtastic Eats) — May 23, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

    christ on a cracker. this burger is what my dreams are made of. My hubs is already begging for it. hell.yes.

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — May 23, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    Just stop it! I saw these on IG and about licked my phone. It was embarrassing, even if I was the only one who knew it! I must agree that each component of this fabulous buyer seems integral. Essential even. How tragic my burgers have been before now!

    Pinned! (Actually these seemed to demand a whole new board)

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    cheryl — May 24, 2014 @ 5:52 am

    The burgers look pan fried and not grilled which is good as I don’t have a grill anyway.

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — May 24, 2014 @ 8:13 am

    These burgers look amazing! Pinned

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — May 24, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Delightful! Loving these!!

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    Mia Dumont — May 24, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Hi! Great idea!
    Did you purposely draw a smiley on your butter cup? I can see a funny face in that shot, can you?

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    Ciara Attwell (@MyFussyEater) — May 24, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    OMG burger looks WOW! I think I’d definitely need a lie down after eating this!

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    Char Riippi — May 24, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    OMG! Those look and sound amazing! I have to have one NOW

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    Nora&Laura — May 24, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    just WOW!!!!
    x
    laura&nora

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — May 24, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    It should be called the #amazeballs burger! YUMMMMMMM! All the magic in this burger!

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake — May 25, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    This looks so good I want to lick my laptop screen!

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    Michele — May 25, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    I first want to say I love your blog. I have made several of your recipes and they were all fantastic! I made these burgers for dinner tonight and had to tell you how amazing they were. The directions were simple to follow and the results were outstanding. Thank you for making look like the burger queen to my husband. :)

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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — May 25, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    Holy moly – my husband is in love with this burger!! This looks absolutely incredible. :)

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    Stay S — May 26, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    Hey Jess- just wanted you to know – made the candied jalapeños. just for something to do. they are awesome!!! we used them as a “relish” for hotdogs yesterday afternoon then used the remainder (doctored up version) to apply to baby backs on the grill last night. amazing!

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    michele — May 27, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    made these for memorial day! huge hit. my mother, hater of all things spicy/hot, even loaded up on the candied jalapenos. I think those will be a staple in my fridge from here on out, and I’m obsessed with figuring out what to do with whatever syrup is left over once I pick out the peppers!.

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    Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com — May 27, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    This is a burger on drugs… lol. This thing looks amazing! Jalapenos and pineapple?! HOT DAWG!

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    Sidney — May 27, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    I have now been thinking about this burger for DAYS. non-stop, consecutive DAYS. i neeeeeed it!

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