So today we tackled one of the great questions of our time – “to pineapple or not to pineapple?” Said another way, “must one add pineapple to the Australian burger with the lot in order to optimize the experience?” Many of you said yes, a few dissented. I realized I wouldn’t really be able to sleep well again unless I tried it for myself. with the help of my official tasters, my husband and father, I set out to settle the matter once and for all. The verdict? I’m going for pineapple is optional. It may just be that American tastes vary from Australian, but the pineapple didn’t wow us. It tasted like, well, pineapple. If you like pineapple, great, otherwise I think skipping it is just fine.
Unlike the beets, pancetta and onions, the pineapple just layered another flavor without elevating the dish. We tried both grilled and raw pineapple, and found no great difference.
So, my vote, skip the pineapple but never skip the beets.
One additional note, if you do add pineapple, move the beets above the burger in the stack. Otherwise, this burger becomes unreliable structurally. My father gave up on eating his sandwich style and had to resort to a fork and knife. He did eat it all though…