Caribbean Burgers with Honey Pineapple Chutney

YIELD: 6 servings


1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 ripe fresh pineapple peeled and chopped
2 large onions peeled and diced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon orange peel grated
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger grated
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup red bell peppers diced
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 sandwich rolls or buns toasted
Butter lettuce leaves
1/3 cup pure honey


To prepare the honey pineapple chutney: In a heavy, medium saucepan, heat oil over high heat. Add pineapple and onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium high and add honey, vinegar, orange peel, ginger and allspice; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers and cook for 10 minutes more; let cool. Makes about 3 cups. In a medium bowl, stir together ground beef, 1/2 cup honey pineapple chutney, jerk seasoning and pepper. Shape into 6 large flat patties. Grill over medium coals for 5 to 8 minutes per side. Serve on toasted buns topped with lettuce leaves and a spoonful of chutney.