Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Spicy Avocado Cream

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Maybe you’ve noticed that my Twitter handle is PaleOhMyGoodnes? Or you’ve searched for @paleomg on Twitter and been confused with what you found? No? You think Twitter is dumb? Cool. Me too. But stick with me here. Someone already had the paleomg handle when I signed up for Twitter so I just took a different name. Well the poor guy who had that Twitter handle began to get a bunch of requests from CrossFitters and food enthusiasts so he did some research and found out who people were trying to contact. Could you imagine if you were just minding your own business on Twitter and people were sending you pictures of barbacoa and thanking you for the paleo muffin recipe? I would be annoyed. WTF is paleo. And why is someone sending me this picture of shredded meat that looks like dog food? Poor guy. Anywho, he contacted me and gave me the @paleOMG Twitter handle. Holy balls, how nice is that?! So if you need me, I won’t be on Twitter, I hate it, but you can at least act like I am. @paleOMG. Or follow me on instagram @paleOMG. I like that thing more. Thank you random Justin of the Twitter world. Your kindness and coolness is appreciated!

That story sucked didn’t it? Here’s a better one.

After consuming multiple shots of vodka on Saturday night; some cold, some warm, some sweet, some jaw droppingly painful, Laura and I wobbled on home to consume an entire bag of sweet potato chips. When I woke up in the morning (no chips in my teeth, I brushed them while intoxicated, NBD) I giggled while I stumbled to the kitchen to grab a glass of ice water. I then made the conscious decision to lay back in bed, while still holding the full glass of water, and proceeded on to fall back asleep. Pretty much instantly, I poured the entire glass of water onto my chest, spring break style, then threw the glass across the room and onto the floor. A lot of things were wet after this disaster:

  1. my chest. stop thinking dirty things. perve.
  2. my bed. i’m just happy it wasn’t other childhood habits coming back to haunt me.
  3. the floor, including a pile of clothes I refused to fold over an entire week.
  4. and my wall. which seeped onto the floor. so really just the floor.

So you know what I did? I scooted over and went back to sleep until Laura came in to wake me up for breakfast at Wild Eggs with Sergio, Jon, and Tom. I like Sunday breakfast time, out on the patio, after a big night out. Reflecting is a healthy habit.


Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Avocado Cream

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1lb Grass Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 pineapple, cored and sliced (see my fantastic pics below)
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the cream

  • 2 avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (your favorite will do)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Light your grill! I love grilling season.
  2. Now you should first slice your pineapple. I have no idea how to cut a pineapple very well but I try, so you can look at my pictures if that actually helps.
  3. Use a big knife to cut off both ends of the pineapple, then stand the pineapple up and slice the sides off. Then cut the pineapple in hamburger slices (remember hamburger vs hotdog in elementary school? good). And finish the pineapple slices off by using a smaller knife to cut out the middle and press it out. Like a donut hole. Cute.
  4. Then slice your onions.
  5. Place meat in a bowl, add seasonings and mix thoroughly. Like hard core. Get in there.
  6. Make 4 burger patties and flatten them out a bit.
  7. Place onions, burgers, and pineapple on the grill at the same time. Try not to place pineapple over direct flame because it can burn pretty easily, being sugar and all.
  8. Flip when grill marks become present, after about 5 minutes and cook about the same amount of time on the other side of until burgers are cooked to preference and pineapple is a bit charred and soft.

While the ingredients are on the grill, make your avocado cream!

  1. Cut avocados in half, remove the seed, then scoop out the insides and place in your food processor.
  2. Turn food processor on and let the avocado begin to break down. After about a minute, while your food processor is still running, add the rest of the ingredients for the avocado cream and keep pureeing until smooth: about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Place a burger down, top it with pineapple, then a grilled onion, and then a dollop of avocado cream on top!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


55 thoughts on “Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Spicy Avocado Cream”

  1. at least it was just water that spewed every where and not the insides of your belly!!!

    This looks/sounds fabulous, can’t wait!

  2. Dang girl, ever since regionals you’ve been going crazy. Love it! And the muffins from yesterday were amazing!

  3. those look SO good. Can’t wait to try them!

    And I love that story of your crazy antics. That is 100% something I would do. You have no idea how many times I’ve woken up in the morning with tupperware IN my bed after a big night out.

  4. I HATE chopping pineapple….with a passion, my husband keeps a tourniquet in the kitchen for such occassions

  5. I once followed drunken suit and proceeded to pass out with one arm lovingly wrapped around an entire tub of non-paleo, sugar loaded, ice cream. Needless to say, waking up in a completely melted, sticky freaking mess was enough to deter me from drinking or eating ice cream for a while.

  6. We did this tonight except with chicken breasts. I brined them for a few hours and then
    grilled them with the same spices from your burger recipe. Grilled pineapple and grilled onion. The avo smear ended up a tad spicy, but I think my avos were exceptionally small. VERY delicious and so glad I have leftovers!!

  7. Had to write to tell ya, I saw this recipe yesterday in my email and KNEW I wanted to make em’ tonight for dinner. We just finished dinner and I gotta tell ya, they’re AH-MAZE-ING!!!!! Served em’ with corn on the cob and YUM !!!! A GREAT summer recipe. Oh, these WILL be made again and SOON!
    Thanks : )

    1. Michelle,

      I have one of these gadgets, although mine is hard plastic. They are ok, if your pineapple is perfect and you like the size slices that it makes. It would be better if you could adjust the thickness of the slices.

      I simply have the farm market where I buy my pineapples core them for me – they have a commercial pineapple corer and they do it free of charge. That way I can cut the slices as thickly as I choose.

  8. I am running out of adjectives because all of your recipes are so damn delicious (used that already) amazing (used) yummy (used) outstanding (used) da bomb (used) good (used) fabulous. I feel like I repeat myself every time I make a comment. Woooo hoooo, hot damn, hot diggity-dog tasty. There. That’s a description I haven’t used yet. Seriously, the blend of these flavors is…splendid.

  9. This burger was a revelation. My new summer favorite! I shared on my blog because its only fair to let people know the awesomeness of your genius. Thank you.

  10. These were good but way too spicy for me. I’m going to cut the chili in half the next time I try these. Tonight I separated them and mixed and matched how I ate them. Bite of pineapple and burger, bite of pineapple with avocado, you get the picture.

  11. Change out the teaspoon of chipotle chilil powder in the burgers for a teaspoon of freshly-minced lemon mint and a tablespoon of ground coriander instead. Just do it. You’ll understand when you taste it.

  12. I was making a tuna steak and kale salad for lunch, and needed a sauce, and a way to use up a soft avocado. The avocado sauce for this burger recipe was perfect! I just stopped out a great big dollop on top of the grilled tuna steak. Pure heaven. I am not usually into hot sauce either, but this was delish!

  13. Just a word of advice for anyone slicing pineapple… Grab by the leaves/stalk/stem, top, slice off bottom, stand up, hold top, slice sides off, turn back on side still holding the top, slice it up. THEN slice off the top (which you can actually plant and grow 1 pineapple after 2 years).

    It’s much easier to use the top as a handle…

  14. I HAD to comment on this meal as it was so delicious! The avocado cream really makes the entire meal come together and I could have eaten the cream with a spoon (which I did when cleaning up!: ) My husband even commented that it was really good and he is a tough critic. He said he would eat it again! I am excited to try your other meal ideas this week.

  15. Just made this for myself and the hubs. Needless to say, he is ecstatic that I found your site. Giving a 4 only because it was too spicy for my 50% Mexican tongue. Maybe if I was 100% Mexican I could handle it…but I’m not. So there.

  16. Made these last night with a side of sweet potato fries and holy hell, they are awesome. Just spicey enough, easy to make and tasted awesome!

  17. We made these last night, and OMG the are awesome! BTW, I love your site! You crack me up. Please keep the recipes coming.

  18. I love your blog! There are some people who are just meant to write blogs and YOU are one of them! Your story made me laugh until tears fell. 🙂 And we’re trying this recipe tomorrow night for dinner. Thank you for taking the time to be creative…and for sharing your antics. 🙂

  19. Made these tonight and LOVED it! Pineapple is the best, thanks so much for your recipes! Keep ‘me coming 🙂

  20. Wow! Am I glad I found your website. I made this tonight after stumbling upon your recipe last night and it was fantastic!! The combination of the spicy, sweet and juicy was just right. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  21. I made these a couple of months back and it’s been a hit since with my husband AND my 5 year old!! Love all your recipes and your humor! 🙂

  22. I am planning on making this for dinner tomorrow and am planning on doing as much of the prep-work as I can tonight. How long does the avocado cream last? Would it keep in a fridge overnight?


  23. This came out so delicious! It was such a great combo of spicy yet sweet which everyone thuroughly enjoyed! I used siracha for the hot sauce and sadly my cream came out looking like something you’d find in my daughter’s diapers. HAHA! So I tried ot kind of hide the cream under the pineaple and onion. I will definitely make this again!

  24. I just made this tonight! I made the avocado sauce a little more spicy and sweeter, but it was soo good! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us! You actually post things that I would want to eat haha. Thanks so much!

  25. Just made these tonight and I have to say they were freakin’ amazing!! I was hoping to have leftovers for breakfast, but no such luck. I’m on day 29 of the Whole30 and can say I made it thanks in part to your awesome recipes 🙂

  26. I made these last night and they were amazing! My husband said that they were the best burgers that we’ve ever had. The seasoning just in the meat alone is perfectly spicy! We each had two burgers and with a salad they were filling and satisfying … important as it’s our first week of the Whole Life Challenge.

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