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Hawaiian Veggie Burgers & Grilling Tips

    Grilled Pineapple burgers and Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

    The summer brings family and friends to visit, and today many prefer a vegan diet. Here is an easy option for your backyard cookout to accommodate everyone who gathers. And offers a Hawaiian veggie burger that everyone will enjoy.

    Made with simple, recognizable ingredients, Lightlife products offer vegan, non-GMO options that are made for the grill, like these Plant-Based Veggie Burgers. These products can help satisfy the craving for protein and are made with ingredients you can feel good about serving your friends and family.

    Here are some tips from Tommy McDonald, executive chef at Greenleaf Foods:

    Be mindful of cook times. Plant-based protein products typically taste best when cooked over a low, open flame. When you’re almost ready to dish the Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce out, give them a quick sear. If you’re unsure, reference the recommended cook times on the packaging.

    Keep it separate. During these seasonal celebrations, there’s often some people who want traditional meat and others who crave plant-based options. To satisfy your group, drop a cast-iron skillet on the grill and allow it to heat up. Put your favorite plant-based proteins in the skillet, along with veggies, to keep the grill organized.

    plant based veggie burger with pineapple ring

    Hawaiian Veggie Burger

    Course: BurgersCuisine: American


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    • 2 rings freshly cored pineapple

    • 2 Lightlife Plant-Based Burger patties, thawed

    • salt and pepper to taste

    • 1 c baby arugula

    • 2 sesame seed burger buns, lightly toasted

    • ¼ c crispy fried onions

    • 2 Tbsp honey garlic barbecue sauce


    • Heat grill to medium heat. Grill pineapple slices 4-5 minutes per side until grill-marked and slightly caramelized. Cut slices in half and set aside. Wipe down grill to cook burger patties.
    • Season burger patties with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill 4-5 minutes per side until burgers are evenly browned with internal temperature of 165 F.
    • To assemble, layer handful of baby arugula leaves on toasted bottom buns, top each with burger and two cut slices each of grilled pineapple. Sprinkle on crispy fried onions, drizzle with honey garlic barbecue sauce and place toasted sesame seed bun on top.

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