Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers

Tomorrow, along with Kateri Tekakwitha, Mother Marianne Cope will be canonized a saint!  Inspired by Sarah, I've decided to serve a Hawaiian themed dinner in her honor, to go along with St. Kateri's Indian Corn Cookies.  Last March, as part of my daughters State-by-State Study, we made Teriyaki Burgers using a recipe from Bless Us O Lord.   They will be perfect!

"In 1883 Mother Marianne Cope and five other sisters volunteered to travel to Hawaii to work with people afflicted with Hansen's disease. The disease, then known as leprosy, was so feared they were the only religious congregation to respond to a request for help. Mother Marianne wrote "I am not afraid of any disease." To this day none of the sisters has gotten sick."

Mother Marianne Cope 1838-1918 • Memorial Feast: January 23rd
Canonized a Saint October 21, 2012

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers


8 - 1/3 pound frozen hamburger patties

1-3/4 c. water
1 c. soy sauce
1 c. light brown sugar
1/2 t. onion powder (we substituted 1/2 tbs. onion flakes)
1/2 t. garlic powder

8 canned pineapple slices
8 slices cheddar cheese
8 sesame seed hamburger buns
8 tomato slices
8 iceberg lettuce leaves


Begin by preparing the marinade and defrosting the hamburger patties.

Combine all marinade ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Place burgers in a baking dish or a large storage container. Baste with marinade; flip and baste the other side (be sure to reserve some marinade for the pineapple slices). Cover container and refrigerate 4-12 hours. Place pineapple slices in a separate container with the remaining marinade, cover and chill.

Preheat grill to medium heat. Cook hamburgers 3 to 5 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. When you flip the burgers, add the pineapple to grill and cook until the grill marks show, turning once. About 1 minute before the burgers are done, place a slice of cheese on top of each patty to melt.

Spread mayonnaise on the top and bottom of each bun.

Place hamburger patty on bottom bun and top with a tomato slice and a grilled pineapple slice on each. Cover with a lettuce leaf and place top bun on sandwich. Enjoy!

Mother Marianne, pray for us! 

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  1. I feel so honored to be mentioned in this blog! Our Hawaiian meal is going to be mahi mahi with pineapple salsa.