I’m no grilling expert, but I must say I did a pretty fine job on this Spicy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Burger!
A few things to note to help with this Spicy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Burger recipe and other future grilled chicken recipes; cooking chicken at this temperature for this amount of time with the chicken breasts pounded down before placing them on the grill should allow the chicken to get a bit brown and charred without making it tough and dry.
If you feel the chicken is not all the way cooked after the recommended amount of cooking time, move the chicken pieces to a side of the grill with no burners on. Shut the grill lid, and allow the chicken to finish cooking through. If you have a food thermometer, the inside of the chicken should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit when cooked through.
This was a quick, simple, and tasty recipe that could be thrown together in no time on a busy weeknight. I’m all about quick-and-easy recipes, as I’m sure most of you are. But quick-and-easy doesn’t have to mean boring-and-redundant. I find myself falling into the ole’ “baked chicken with salt and pepper” routine when I’m in a pinch. This isn’t bad, but I get bored with it. The cayenne pepper and the spicy cheese gives this Spicy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Burger a kick while the pineapple cools it down. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
Spicy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Burger
- Cooking spray
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 large boneless chicken breasts halved and pounded
- 1 cup pineapple chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium avocado mashed
- 6 slices jalapeño-flavoured Havarti cheese
- 6 medium hamburger buns
- Turn your grill to medium-high heat and allow it to warm up to 375°F to 450°F.
- While the grill is starting to heat up, season both sides of each piece of chicken with the seasonings listed above. Once the grill is all heated up, spray rack with cooking spray (lookout, it will shoot flames a bit)! Place each chicken on the grill, close the lid, and allow to cook for 4 to 5 minutes. No peeking!
- After 4 to 5 minutes, open the grill lid and flip each piece of chicken. Close the lid again and cook another 4 to 5 minutes.
- Once the chicken is done cooking, keep pieces on the grill and top with cheese until melted. Remove from grill then cover with foil to keep warm. Place pieces of pineapple on skewers. Place on medium-high heat grill. Allow cooking with grill cover open for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until charred. Assemble sandwich on bun and top with pineapple chunks.