Saturday, April 14, 2012

King's Hawaiian Burger Recipes

Hello everyone! I was browsing through a magazine I recently received and one of the first things that caught my eye were a series of burger/sandwich recipes that I knew I had to share, especially with the summer coming up --- PERFECT grilling season!! These, in particular are by a company called King's Hawaiian!

First, a little bit about the company: King's Hawaiian was founded by Robert Taira in the 1950's after he traveled to the islands of Hawaii, specifically, Hilo. There he attended and graduated at the top of his baking school and went on to open a bakery- Robert's bakery, which was the place where he created the famous Original King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread! Following that, his bakery expanded and moved to Honolulu, and eventually, in the late seventies, to California. This bread can now be found in bakeries, restaurants, etc. for all to enjoy!

I chose the three burger/sandwich recipes that were featured in the magazine to share here, and then I'll provide a link at the end so you can check out more favorites on their website!

So let's get started!

1) The Maui Burger

What you will need for the burger: [1 serving]

1 King's Hawaiian Sandwich Bun
1 (8oz) Angus Hamburger
Shichimi Aioli (recipe provided)
Your Favorite Teriyaki Sauce
1 Slice American Cheese
2 oz. Thinly sliced Maui or Vidalia onion
2 Slices tomato
1 Slice pineapple
1 Leaf lettuce
Pickles and Olives to garnish

What you will need for the Shichimi Aioli:

2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. shichimi togarashi (Japanese red pepper condiment, available in Asian grocery stores)


1) Place hamburger patty on grill to desired doneness.
2) Toast King's Hawaiian Sandwich Bun on grill.
3) Toast pineapple slice on grill.
4) To assemble burger, spread shichimi aioli on each slice of roll; between buns, place hamburger, which has been brushed with teriyaki sauce, then add cheese, tomato slices, lettuce pineapple, and onion.
5) Serve with pickles and olives.

2) Lil' Kahuna Sliders

What you will need: [3 servings]

3 King's Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls, cut horizontally in half
3 pcs. chicken thigh meat
4 oz. Italian dressing
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 green bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
1/2 red bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
1 oz. red onion, cut to the size of the dinner roll
6 pcs. pineapple chunks
Pineapple top for garnish
Pickle and olives to garnish
3 oz. lilikoi aioli (recipe below)

What you will need for Lilikoi Aioli:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. lilikoi (passion fruit) preserves


1) Combine Italian dressing, oregano and basil, divide.
2) Marinate chicken thighs with half of the dressing mix for several hours and vegetables with the remaining dressing for half an hour.
3) Grill chicken, vegetables, and pineapple chunks.
4) Arrange on a skewer, cherry tomato 1st, top of bread, onion, bell pepper, chicken, bottom of bread, and a cherry tomato on the bottom to hold sandwich in place.
5) Stick into the pineapple top any style you like.

3) Kauai Club Sandwich

What you will need: [8 servings]

8 King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Mini Sub Rolls
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. prepared horseradish sauce
2 tbsp. chili or cocktail sauce
2-4 leaves green leafy lettuce
8 slices hot, cooked bacon
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 (12 oz.) deli-sliced chicken or turkey


1) Preheat oven to 325°F.
2) Combine first three ingredients until well blended; set aside.
3) Wrap rolls in foil and warm in oven for about 10 minutes.
4) Spread 1/2 of mayonnaise sauce evenly over bottom roll, cover with lettuce leaves allowing edges to slightly extend beyond bread.
5) Place bacon strips on top.
6) Top with tomato slices, then sliced meat to cover entire surface.
7) Spread remaining sauce on top roll.
8) Secure with toothpicks or short skewers.

I haven't had a chance to try any of them out yet, but I'm definitely planning on it! Don't they look ridiculously delicious?

And as promised, for more recipes including those for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and dessert, you can check out this website: Let me know which ones you try out!

The pictures in this blog post were taken from the King's Hawaiian website.


  1. Yummy! I love hawaiian sweet bread, and I like burgers that are just a little different. This post also makes me want to visit Hawaii! :D

    1. Agreed! I realize now that I should've added a tropical drink recipe too but ... next time! :)