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Jerk Burgers with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Treat your tastebuds to the addictive, bold and tasty flavours of Jamaica…in burger form! Perfectly seasoned jerk burger patty, placed on a brioche bun and topped with a sweet and spicy mango pineapple salsa that will leave you satisfied and hooked!

This summer, I’ve been exploring and testing out-of-the-box burger recipes. I must admit, I’m still trying to perfect the majority of them but I am READY to share this particular Jamaican inspired burger recipe simply because it’s just THAT good! I personally love the versatility of homemade burgers; it’s literally a blank slate and you can make it into whatever you want! So if you’re ready to try out a recipe that will sweep you away to an island oasis…keep reading!

Recipe Tips and Notes

The Meat – This is the meat of the matter, pun intended (haha)! Of course different techniques and methods will offer up varying tastes however, the ground beef is essentially the first and most important ingredient aside from the mango pineapple salsa. For this recipe I recommend selecting ground beef with a higher fat content. Try to go for an 80:20 ratio ground beef – 20% fat, 80% lean. The leaner the beef, the drier your burgers will be. Other tips would be to use freshly ground, grass-fed or conventionally raised beef. But as I said, it’s all up to you, your preferences and your budget!

The Jerk Seasoning – I used Tricnic Brand jerk marinade. It is absolutely delicious, and is quite spot on when compared to the authentic Jamaican jerk flavours – click here. It can also be purchased at various West Indian Supermarkets throughout Toronto and the GTA. Other substitutes are the Walkerswood or Grace brand.

The Mango Pineapple Salsa – This is a delicious salsa that’s all things fruity, sweet, and spicy at the same time! The ingredients are simple; mango, pineapple, scotch bonnet (or jalapeños), bell peppers, white onions, parsley, and fresh citrus juices. It bursts of your favourite summery flavours & herby deliciousness!

Other Tips for Success – Here are some great tips for when grilling your burgers and yes, I definitely recommend grilling for this recipe. Jerk seasoning and charcoal just GO. It’s just literally an incomparable flavour.

  1. Only flip your burgers once
  2. Don’t flatten your burgers with a spatula – this will force all the yummy juices out of the burger, leading to a drier/tougher burger.
  3. Allow your patties to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes prior to grilling – this aids in the moist, juicy burger objective.
  4. Don’t overhandle your meat – I handle them lightly to maintain the tenderness of the meat during the cooking process.

The Process

Jerk Burgers with Pineapple Mango Salsa

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Treat your tastebuds to the addictive, bold and tasty flavours of Jamaica...in burger form! Perfectly seasoned jerk burger patty, placed on a brioche bun and topped with a sweet and spicy mango pineapple salsa that will leave you satisfied and hooked!

Ingredients

  • Pineapple Mango Salsa
  • everything finely chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh Mango
  • ⅓ cup Fresh Pineapple
  • ¼ tsp Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • ⅓ cup Red & Green Bell Peppers combined
  • 3 tbsp White or Red Onion
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp Cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • Burgers
  • 1lb 80:20 Ground Beef
  • 3 tbsp Jerk Seasoning (I used Tricnic Brand)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • Other Ingredients
  • 4 Brioche Buns optional
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • BBQ Jerk or Honey Jerk Sauce (see notes section)

Instructions

1

Finely chop all ingredients for the salsa. Combine in a medium serving bowl, with lemon juice, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2

Preheat grill to a medium high flame (approx. 375°F).

3

Divide beef into 4 equal portions, generously seasoning with garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, and jerk seasoning.

4

Form patties that are about 1/2" thick and 1" wider than the burger buns. Ensure there is a shallow indent in the middle of the patty as this helps keep them moist.

5

Grill burgers (indent side up), brush BBQ jerk sauce on each side, and remove when done.

6

Toast buns then top with burger patty, lettuce, tomatoes and mango pineapple salsa.

7

Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Mix your favourite BBQ sauce with some jerk marinade to make a yummy Jerk BBQ Sauce, or add Honey to the Jerk marinade for another great flavour combo! If you're a fan of jerk recipes, check out my Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jerk Chicken Poutine, or Jamaican Rasta Pasta recipes!

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