It could be a beautiful day out, or maybe not not much; regardless you can harness that tropical feeling with the Islander Burger. Regardless of the weather it’s always a good time to enjoy life… And grill up some great burgers! Let’s get tropical, and build ourselves the Islander Burger!
I went to the grocery store and I saw that mangoes were on sale and thought they’d go awesome on a burger. So I cut up that mango, mixed it with some red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and some salt for a refreshing tasting topping for the Islander Burger.
Adding Spice to the Islander Burger
Next up is spicing up that burger meat because it’ll compliment the sweet mango flavor. I’d go with a jerk or cajun spice blend to get the job done. You can combine some salt, red pepper, black pepper & garlic or buy a premixed spice. I had some Slap Ya Mama (quite the name, I know!) in the cupboard, and that tastes great. Spice up that burger!
Also, if you really wanna spice that guy up I’d mix some diced jalapeños into the meat. You can never go wrong with jalapeños!
Choosing Your Cheese
Then, for cheese, I went with Muenster. I chose it because it’s a light flavored cheese that melts really well. We didn’t need to add a whole lot to this burger, but the creamy cheese is a nice touch. Again, if you want to spice this guy up even more pepper jack would also be a good choice.
Hey, this is island-time and anything goes. Make it yours!
- 2 Lbs Ground Chuck Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
- 3 Tsp Jerk or Cajun Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 2 Tbsp Cilantro
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Mango
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 4 Slices Munster Cheese
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- Peel & cut up the mango into small cubes. Dice up some red onion. Chop the cilantro. Mix with salt in a bowl and add the juice of about 2-3 lime wedges.
- Get your grill/pan/etc hot.
- Add cajun or jerk spice into the ground beef and then divide into 8oz (1/2 lb) portions (or you can use smaller 6oz portions). Flatten into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns.
- Put a thumbprint in the middle of the patty so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
- Grill your burgers about 4min on the first side.
- Flip burgers and immediately add cheese. Put the buns face down on the grill. Cook until you reach the correct temp (140F for medium), usually about 2 to 4 minutes.
- Place burger on bun and top with mango salsa. Enjoy!