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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hawaiian Luau Burger

Ted Reader is a man I’ve referred to as someone who tiptoes the fine line between genius and lunatic, and that’s exactly why I love this man.

His cookbooks are big, bold and absolutely nuts. Ted just came out with king of all burger books – Napolean’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers.

Meet Ted and the Ultimate Cheeseburger Melt. It’s as big as his head and includes 5 different cheeses and a side of heartburn.

The Schwarzenegger Burger has 2 bacon-covered sirloin/ground pork burgers on either side of a hot dog, grilled on a cedar plank. I’d make this just for giggles.

The Steak Oscar Burger is a bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin burger topped with lump crabmeat, asparagus and dijon mustard sauce.

The Halibut King Crab Burger includes wild rice, grated carrots, onions and red bell pepper on top of a broiche bun.

The over-the-top Billion Dollar Burger is made with smoked shredded beef brisket, foie gras, Kobe beef, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whisky. And that’s just the patty. Top the burger with a seared piece of foie gras, shaved truffles, caviar and surround with morel mushrooms.

So which one would you try?

I’m all over Ted’s Hawaiian Luau Burger – a pork patty topped with grilled pineapple, tomatoes, red onion and shaved smoked ham. The recipe for the Luau Burger is over at Steamy Kitchen on TLC.

Recipe for the Luau Burger is over at Steamy Kitchen on TLC.

37 Responses to “Hawaiian Luau Burger”

  1. Jerry (CbsoP) — 6/23/10 @ 12:27 pm

    I think I just want to try them all. The question is… Where do I start!?!

  2. Allie — 6/23/10 @ 12:31 pm

    The craziest burgers I’ve seen are at this place in Sarasota. Peanutbutter Cheeseburger?! http://www.munchies420cafe.com/the-menu

  3. Liam OMalley — 6/23/10 @ 12:31 pm

    Those look awesome. Although it seems perhaps he has a pretty loose definition of “burger” at times, I’m sure it’s quite forgivable.

  4. Gimme that Billion Dollar Burger! Yowza!

  5. Wei-Wei — 6/23/10 @ 12:45 pm

    ULTIMATE CRAZYBURGERS! These look so epic! Especially the one that looks like a dumbbell. I don’t even remember what it contains without scrolling back up, except that it involves bacon ;)


  6. Kath — 6/23/10 @ 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the Hawaiian Luau Burger recipe. It looks amazing! I love that the buns are buttered before grilling! I hadn’t heard of Ted Reader before–I’ll have to check him out.

  7. Alta — 6/23/10 @ 1:57 pm

    I think I’ve had a heart attack about 3 times just reading this post! Although that Luau burger does sound tasty…

  8. Carrie — 6/23/10 @ 3:04 pm

    Oooo, the burgers look so good! Except for the Hawaiian burger. I live in Hawaii and absolutely can’t stand pineapple with meats. It’s good alone, fresh, raw. Not cooked. The cooked smell reminds me of the Dole Cannery when my sisters worked there way back when they were in high school. Yuck.

  9. The Hawaiian Luau Burger looks amazing! I also love the sound of the Steak Oscar Burger… Yum!
    By the way, Jaden, you did a wonderful job with your site’s design! I absolutely looooove it :D

  10. Dani — 6/23/10 @ 4:25 pm

    Jaden, seriously… your photography is absolutely GORGEOUS! I read and read and read your tips but can’t even get in the ballgame! Think I may have to bite the bullet and invest in a fancy camera…
    As for those burgers…. think I’d have to go with the Luau!!! I swear, your photos make the food look so “Real” I feel like I can taste it!!

  11. Sanjeeta kk — 6/23/10 @ 7:02 pm

    Wow ! I need a big mouth and equally big appetite to gulp that burger. Yummy clicks, burger with wheels look good.

  12. Wow, those are some burgers if I do say so myself. I think you chose the right one though; that pineapple-ham combo looks fantastic.

  13. kip — 6/23/10 @ 8:24 pm

    The first photo of Ted is GREAT.

  14. Katrina — 6/24/10 @ 4:23 am

    These burgers are so fun looking. My family would love putting these together :)

  15. the domestic mama — 6/24/10 @ 7:00 am

    ooo- meat overload! I am thinking the luau burger, too. yum!

  16. Kim in MD — 6/24/10 @ 7:44 am

    Wow…They all look amazing! I am heading over to TLC right now to get the recipe for the Luau burger! Thanks for sharing, Jaden! :-)

  17. cando — 6/24/10 @ 7:58 am

    Luau Burger…..whoa! They all look good but that one is the one for me. lol

  18. cakebrain — 6/24/10 @ 12:44 pm

    I love burgers! the luau burger looks like a super way of kicking off bbq season!

  19. Carrie Oliver — 6/24/10 @ 4:46 pm

    Tough call between the Luau burger and Oscar burger. I’ll have to try them both.

  20. I never realized how much I love burgers until I looked at these photos. Oh my goodness, they’re incredible!

  21. Carolyn Jung — 6/24/10 @ 8:48 pm

    That Schwarzenegger Burger is outrageous!! I wonder if the Gov. of Calif., himself, has actually had one yet. ;)

  22. FoodontheTable — 6/25/10 @ 10:36 am

    I vote for the steak Oscar burger… that looks amazing!

  23. Love the pics!

    That’s some man sized burger…

  24. Robin — 6/26/10 @ 5:50 pm

    OMG! The Hawaiian Luau burger looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it!! And I LOVE the Schwarzenegger burger! My little girl laughed so hard when she saw it!! Looks like a new book is about to be added to my collection!!

  25. I’m all salivating for the Billion Dollar option. Damn that’s sinful to the max.

  26. Holy moly… That Schwarzenegger burger is just wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels!! :o) But the Billion Dollar one is enticing…

  27. Wow… Hawaii on a plate….Lovely…. Just lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. Julie — 6/28/10 @ 10:59 pm

    That may be the most awesome burger I’ve ever seen (the luau one), I’d have to fast for a week to be able to eat it all!

  29. Lynn — 6/29/10 @ 9:41 am

    Wowza, those are some amazing burgers! Definitely the luau burger for me – and three friends.

  30. momgateway — 6/29/10 @ 11:11 pm

    …what a perfect slider, my son will love this Jaden…

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  32. daphne — 7/2/10 @ 11:04 am

    That looks like a real sexy burger! woah! great stuff!!! pineapple hey..

    the crab burger caught my attention too. I wouldnt have thought of using it as a burger but it works!

    btw- I noticed your cookbook in SG and KL recently. Well done Jaden!

  33. Big boys Oven — 7/3/10 @ 9:06 pm

    I am drowning with burgers! awesome!

  34. Benjamin Frear — 7/19/10 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh man, that Luau Burger has my mouth watering.

  35. All of them look like a heart attack, but delicious!

  36. Sherri M — 5/6/11 @ 10:34 am

    ok, while they all do look like a heart attack, I don’t see any one of them I wouldn’t try. I’ve GOT to get this book!

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