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Hawaiian Hamburger

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Hawaiian Hamburger

Jazz up a burger with ham steaks and fresh pineapple.


  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 tblsp oil
  • ½ fresh pineapple, peeled and cut into 4 slices (or use four canned pineapple rings)
  • 4 ham steaks
  • 1 large piece focaccia
  • salad greens for four


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tblsp sundried tomato pesto


  1. Grill the red peppers under a very hot heat, turning regularly until they are well blackened. Wrap in a foil and leave to cool. Peel, core, cut in half and deseed.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and pan fry the pineapple slices and ham steaks until both are well browned and hot.
  3. Cut the focaccia bread into four even squares about the size of a burger bun. Toast on all sides.
  4. Place each square on a plate. Top with salad greens, half a red pepper, ham steak, pineapple slice and a spoonful of mayonnaise. Serve hot with kumara chips.


  1. Blend the mayonnaise and pesto together

Cooks Tips

- To cook the kumara chips, wash two large red kumara. Cut into bite-sized chips and blanch in boiling, salted water for about 5 minutes. Drain well and pan dry. Deep-fry in hot oil (180ºC) for about 5 minutes until golden and cooked. Drain well on absorbent paper.

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