Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.




Sweet Asian Pineapple Burger

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 light hamburger bun
4 ounces raw extra-lean ground beef
1 tablespoon liquid egg whites (about half a large egg white)
dash ground ginger
dash garlic powder
2 tablespoon roughly chopped pineapple chunks (previously packed in juice)
1 slice Colby Jack or Medium Cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons sweet Asian chili sauce

Toast bun halves.  In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix beef, egg whites, and seasonings. Evenly form into a patty about 4 inches wide.  Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Lay patty in the pan, and top with pineapple.

Use a spatula to press pineapple into the beef, slightly smashing the burger.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your preference.  Top patty with cheese, cover, and cook until melted, about 30 seconds.  Spread chili sauce onto the bottom half of the bun, and top with the cheese topped patty. Finish with the top bun half.

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