Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Pineapple and Banana Relish

Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Pineapple and Banana Relish and Sweet Potato Fries

Being well into summer I figured it was high time that I continued my experiments with burgers . At its base a burger is ground beef that is formed into a patty and grilled to perfection. But, why stop there? Why not take the opportunity to add flavour? Over the last few summers I have been enjoying experimenting with various burger flavours and concepts and I had been itching to try a few more. The next burger that I wanted to try was one that was seasoned with a Jamaican jerk spice blend.

I went with beef for the meat, though chicken would also work well. For the jerk spice blend I modified the jerk marinade recipe that I used a while ago and reduced the amount of liquids in it so that it was more of a paste than a marinade. The scotch bonnet or habanero pepper in the jerk paste was bound to make things a little bit spicy so I decided to fill out the bun with a cool, juicy and creamy pineapple and banana salsa to help mellow things out and to build on the feel of the tropics in the burger. I served the jerk burgers with pineapple and banana salsa with some home made sweet potato fries.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Pineapple and Banana Salsa

Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Pineapple and Banana Salsa

Servings: 4
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning paste (your favorite brand or see below)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup pineapple and banana salsa
  • 4 buns
  1. Mix the jerk seasoning into the ground beef.
  2. Form the beef into 4 patties about 3/4 of an inch thick.
  3. Grill (or broil or pan fry) the burgers until cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  4. Assemble burgers and enjoy.

Jamaican Jerk Paste

  • 1/2 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper or 2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons thyme (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange (zest)
  • 2 tabespoons white vinegar
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor.


bellini valli said...

It's like being in Jamaica Kevin!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, luv. Not very enticing. :(

Recipe for Delicious said...

That sounds great, Kevin. Once again, I'm impressed with your innovative blending of flavours.

Cara said...

Awesome, Kevin. Jerk Turkey burgers have been on my list to try this summer, maybe I will adapt your recipe!

Angela said...

Ooo, this reminds me of a burger you might like. A LA Koreatown restaurant called Blue Dahlia (now closed down) used to serve a burger that had a very tender slice of Korean brisket inside the center of the patty. Really interesting mix of textures.

Paula said...

delicious-as always :)

have a nice day,


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That must be fantastic! Great flavors!



jose manuel said...

Que rica hamburguesa. Se ve deliciosa. Saludos

Ana Powell said...

Awesome collection of burger recipes, I love them all.
To be honest, I love everything you post.
Lovely click too ♥

P.S. I have just seen some Chinese comments posted on this recipe, be careful with that. I had loads of trouble of this type of stuff. The Chinese comments on my Blog were all from sites that advertise adult material. I don`t know if yours are or not because I did not click on their blue links.

Joanne said...

That relish sounds seriously refreshing after the spice of the burgers! I would love to eat this poolside.

KKreates said...

I'm excited to find your blog, your description of "about me" sums up my level of cooking. Was looking for different foods, I'm going to start trying some of your recipes now that I have a new found interest.
Awesome, thanks!

Jan said...

Yum is all I have to say!

Debbie said...

Sounds fantastic. I love burgers and would like to give this a try with either ground chicken or turkey!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite dinner parties to throw is a slider's party - everyone brings a pound of meat and their favorite toppings. This is soo going into the mix!


Dawn said...

This is definitely one I want to add to my list. I'm not a huge fan of Asian flavors so this is a nice change! Plus I LOVE the side of sweet potato fries. I recently made a chili fish dish with black bean banana salad on top and it was such a great mix of flavors. Doesn't banana go wonderfully with everything? Great one Kevin!

Alisa said...

The relish sounds like such a wonderful compliment. I have only had jerk seasoning with chicken - have never thought to do it in a burger!

Memória said...

These burgers look and sound fantastic! I must make this one day!

Claudia said...

I have been eyeing Jamaican jerk seasoning wondering if it was finally time to try some. I love the idea of the burgers with it - but it is that relish that makes me coo. All fruit relishes do.

stefania.confidential said...

Il tuo blog è veramente bellissimo, complimenti

Anncoo said...

Banana and Pineapple? Sounds great!

Gloria said...

aaah! Your burgers Kevin are always amazing and delicious, I make always your turkey burger recipe, is the best, and this look nice and yummy! gloria

Juliana said...

Wow, this burgers look yummie and the fruity relish is sure a nice addition to it :-)

saveur said...

Wow - this looks delicious!

Twin Tables said...

I have been burger testing too this summer. I love your burger and can't wait to try it. Check out my tuna burger. http://www.twin-tables.com/2010/07/ahi-tuna-burger.html
It is something completely different but really tasty. I am proud of this one!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to suggest adding a little ginger root to your jerk spice. Its very important to the flavors of Jamaica! Thanks for all the great ideas. I've cooked quite a few things for my family from your site. :)

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Ginger would work well in the marinade!

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