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  • What's for Dinner: Hawaiian Beef Sliders

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  • Ingredients
    • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
    • 1 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
    • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 18 miniature whole wheat buns
    • Baby spinach leaves
    • 3 center-cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
    • Sliced jalapeno peppers, optional
  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice and 1-1/2 cups pineapple (save remaining pineapple for another use). In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup reserved crushed pineapple, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 patties; place in two 11-in. x 7-in. dishes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes and reserved pineapple juice. Pour half of marinade into each dish; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning once.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  • Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  • Grill buns, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with spinach, remaining pineapple, bacon and jalapeno peppers if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
  • Editor's Note: If miniature whole wheat buns are not available in your area, you can also use whole wheat hot dog buns cut into thirds.
    Nutritional Facts
    3 sliders (calculated without peppers) equals 350 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 444 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.
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