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Smother your Jamaican jerk burgers with fresh pineapple salsa, and be happy

Brianna Cox is a millennial living in the Metro Atlanta Area. She has a tiny dog named Baxter, a loving husband, two supportive parents and a heap of student loan debt. She studied English at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and obtain...

Jamaican jerk burgers topped with pineapple salsa are so fresh they'll make the sun shine

Summertime is almost here! And if you’re from the South like I am (and maybe even if you aren’t), it means a whole heap of delicious foods, like barbecue, brown sugar baked beans and macaroni salad, are about to be in season. While I love cookout food, a lot of it is loaded with sugar, overly processed things like mayonnaise or other ingredients you may be looking to avoid for dietary, health or other reasons.

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Enter my Jamaican jerk burgers topped with fresh pineapple salsa. I eat these with no bun, which makes them gluten free and Paleo. Even sans bread, I love these burgers. I’m excited to eat them all summer long.

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Jamaican jerk burgers with fresh pineapple salsa recipe

Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes I Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes I Total time: 25 – 35 minutes


For the burgers

  • 1 pound ground sirloin (or ground turkey or whatever kind of burger you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup fresh green onion, chopped

For the jerk seasoning

  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika (this will give a smoky sweetness without added sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Coconut oil, as needed (I used about a tablespoon total)

For the salsa (all seasonings to taste)

  • 2 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Cilantro (I use dried because I prefer the taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground sirloin, all the seasonings and the green onion.
  2. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until well incorporated.
  3. Shape into patties, and place on a baking sheet until time to cook.
  4. When all the meat has been formed into patties, either pan-fry them in coconut oil in a skillet, or coat them in coconut oil, and cook them on the grill.
  5. While the burgers cook, in a medium-size bowl, mix together the salsa ingredients. Set aside.
  6. Once the burgers are cooked to desired level (I take my burgers medium), top with the salsa.

You can eat these burgers with or without a bun (I don’t eat mine with a bun, but my husband has his on a toasted Hawaiian bread bun). Serve with sliced avocado, mango and sweet potato fries.

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