Binging with Babish: Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction

The Big Kahuna Burger is one of the countless themes running throughout numerous Tarantino films, almost as prevalent as revenge, lurid violence, and racial epithets. After this double-stacked caramelized-pineapple-and-onion Hawaiian smash-burger, you're gonna need a Red Apple cigarette.

Music: "Cream on Chrome" by Ratatat

(smashburger method courtesy of Serious Eats)


-1 red onion, sliced into rings
-2 tbsp butter, divided
-3 thin pineapple slices
-1 tbsp vegetable oil
-4 oz ground beef, divided into two balls
-2 slices monterey jack cheese
-King's Hawaiian roll, toasted in butter
-1/2tbsp ketchup
-1/2tbsp teriyaki sauce


In a sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp butter until foaming, and add red onion. Cook slowly, over low heat, tossing constantly, until soft and caramelized. Set aside.

Wipe out sauté pan, and heat remaining tablespoon of butter until sizzling. Add pineapple slices, and sauté until lightly charred on both sides. Set aside.

In a large cast iron skillet, heat vegetable oil over high heat, until smoking. Place beef balls several inches apart in skillet, and smash down using a large, flat spatula (if you've only got a little wimpy spatula like I did, use a rolling pin or the handle of a wooden spoon to really smash the burgers down). Cook for approx. 60 seconds, until the bottom is charred and crispy. Flip, and immediately top with cheese. Remove from heat, but leave burgers in the pan while you assemble, to make the cheese melt completely. Dress bun with ketchup and teriyaki sauce, top with burgers, caramelized onions, and pineapple. Enjoy.

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Author Dr Shenanigans ( ago)
Nice cast iron! Great vids

Author AceHalford ( ago)
Hey Andrew, I love your channel, do you mind creating the Mendel's pastry from The Grand Budapest hotel? It'll be awesome and a huge hit, since that pastry looks wow! Thank you!

Author orange draws ( ago)
Could you do the pork cutlet bowl from Yuri on ice?

Author Jake Ryan ( ago)
It had lettuce on it too...

Author Its FRID4Y ( ago)

Author Ross Childs ( ago)
I said it before. I'll say it again...

You're doing the Lord's work, my man.

Author Steve Mattero ( ago)
Ruined it with the ketchup

Author BeGoV ( ago)
befora a million views

Author Nikki Rebecca ( ago)
make a krabby patty!!!

Author Eli Twoyoungmen ( ago)
You deserve more subs

Author hieuanh628 ( ago)
your channel is amazing, I see you are a fan of mayo, have you ever tried toasting buns with mayo instead of butter or bacon grease? I learned it from an old dutch woman,

Author Chirunobyl ( ago)
I took your advice from this one and lightly toasted some brioche buns I picked up in some leftover bacon grease... My god, you're right. It's a little thing but it makes a huge difference. I've never made a better bacon cheeseburger in my life. 10 out of 10, you're the bob ross of food.

Author Skettithesniper ( ago)
Heck here in CO we have a chain just called, Smashburger. good stuff too

Author Elastic Inc. ( ago)
T h i s I s A T a s t y B u r g e r

Author 2spooky 4you ( ago)
Fuckin came so hard when he cut it in half.

Author Sam ( ago)
I can SMELL this video

Author James Pawson ( ago)
I trust tried the "smashed" burger method (typing with one hand as I eat)--- guys. Guys. Try it!!! SO YUM!

Author Steven Kirby ( ago)
can you do a episode of what I call a slav sandwich. I will email you the directions.

Author cameron robertson ( ago)
These videos are amazing but he could find a few new background songs

Author Random stuff with Michael ( ago)
English! Do you speak it!?

Author Olivia Fel ( ago)
I know it isn't your thing, but I'd love to see a gluten free stuffed crust pizza. Love your channel but I have celiac disease so I can't eat anything you usually make even if it looks delicious T-T

Author EpicGamer Sam ( ago)
Pineapple on pizza and now pineapple on burger..... No!!!!!

Author BBSplat ( ago)
I need to stop watching these videos when I haven't eaten today yet.

Author Pax Torumin ( ago)
You forgot the spam, rice, over easy egg, portugese sausage, and three tablespoons of week old frier grease.

Author pathetic ( ago)
royale with cheese?

Author Dr. Salsa ( ago)
2:21 Spreading the cheeks makes it easier

Author Lee Coffill ( ago)
Five Guys uses the smash patty methood as well, bit different though.

Author Pasta ( ago)
Hot pockets are stringy

Author strange banana ( ago)
im so glad i found this channel. 💖💖

Author TheOffenderBlog ( ago)
I want to see you make the "Twinkie wiener sandwich" from UHF.

Author Ayyy Lmfao ( ago)
How does your background song not get old... I have been binging your videos and I am still bobbing my head to the tune.

Author Wulfwagen ( ago)
You are amazing in the kitchen and have got yourself a subscriber! Keep up the awesome cooking!

Author Margonite ( ago)
I just finished a 3-course meal but truth be told: seeing this makes me hungry AF!

Author Autumn Coffey ( ago)
kingd hawaiian arent actually hawaiian...

Author Jonathan Bee ( ago)
Fuarrhh this channel is gonna be big

Author helpmeimconfused ( ago)
real "Hawaiian" burger. looks good tho

Author kingofwar ( ago)
I subscribe. now cook me something

Author Gaming Construct ( ago)
why on earth don't you have a restaurant!?!?!? and if you do where is it? lol

Author maneatingcheeze ( ago)
The only thing I would change, to make it a real Hawaiian burger, would be to put spam on it.

Author Texas3Step ( ago)
I love burgers for breakfast, and this burger looks like the perfect way to start the day.

Author Kevin Kibble ( ago)
Disappointed you didn't take a bite and say "mmm hmm! This IS a tasty burger!"

Author David Bliss ( ago)
whats in the meat exactly ?

Author Adam Oliphant ( ago)
You put "Tasty" to shame.

Author Alaplaya9 ( ago)
I want to marry you. Can I marry you?!

Author iTMNTfan ( ago)
Do chocolate salty balls or Cheesy Poofs!

Author D Mayfield ( ago)
Big Kahuna burger needs Spam with the hamburger & pineapple! Everybody knows that! lol

Author Hrishika_ Bista ( ago)
You should do the Good burger

Author Forest Armstrong ( ago)
Oh, god! This is like porn!

Author Stanley Wong ( ago)
Please make the hateful 8 stew !! :)

Author SleepyQueen ( ago)
you should make the trifle that rachel makes in friends!!

Author Stephanie Daley ( ago)
try a krabby patty lmaooo

Author Isaiah Martinez ( ago)
everything was good till the terriyaki sauce

Author Dvorák Bence ( ago)
0:45 - salad.

Author Boopadoop 4182 ( ago)

Author julio aguilera ( ago)
What happened to the 4k?

Author ryan tyler ( ago)
Saying 'hit with" combined with...let's say your cadence, is illadvised

Author KayciaAinsworth TRCMEDIA ( ago)
he fuckin loves a cross section

Author Underneath The Bottle ( ago)
"I shot Marvin in the face.." is my favorite scene in Pulp Fiction 😅🍷

Author Max P ( ago)

Author Bill Mead ( ago)
Andrew, what's your preferred grade of ground beef?

Author n Sanders ( ago)
The burgers from fat burger movie

Author Jordy Castles ( ago)
dude, you missed the lettuce.... THE FUUUUUUUCK

Author Scott Gray ( ago)
Stringy is FIBER!!!

Author Katja Kirkconnell ( ago)
Why are the boarders so large on the Pulp Fiction scene?

Author x and t-dog gaming ( ago)
I found some actual Hawaiian buns so I'm gonna cook this tomorrow

Author TheDeeznuts121 ( ago)
Can you please do the chocolate cake from Matilda

Author Sebastian Cuellar ( ago)
Hey Andrew Rea! So, I've been obsessed with the Big Kahuna Burger since I first saw pulp fiction as a kid and I have one modification you may like to try- Coconut Manna and/or Cocount Oil.

I was on a small caribbean island (as a kid, don't remember the name.) and the best local restaurant had exactly two dishes that they were famous for. One was a Seafood soup, the other a burger. I STILL dream about that burger and the biggest difference was the aroma of toasted coconut with the ground beef was incredible.
I haven't gone all out to try and replicate it, but I will if you're interested.

Author David Mitchell ( ago)
So don't season the meat? Seems sacrilegious

Author fazeel ashraf ( ago)
pineapple in a burger? no thanks

Author Joseph Halpern ( ago)
Cross-section game strong.  Of course he uses King's Hawaiian rolls because that's the kind of attention to detail that makes this channel so great.

Author RetroTerrorist ( ago)
When he shows you the cross-section😍😍😍

Author Amy Martinez-Salas ( ago)
Can you do ponyo noodles?

Author TotallyNot aCreep ( ago)
My poor broke ass should really stop watching these videos with rich people enjoying their lavish lives

Author Evan Aviles ( ago)
I don't even like pineapple but I want one of these burgers

Author John Kek ( ago)
Hopefully things turn out better than the movie.

Author Brianna Vasquez ( ago)
Your channel is my absolute new favorite thing. It perfectly combines everything I love so very much. Thank you! You're amazing

Author Chubby Gamer464 ( ago)
My favourite food...


Author Lars ( ago)

Author Lolly Pop ( ago)
Always need a tasty beverage to wash it down with.

Author Smickey ( ago)
Digging the Ratatat music !

Author OmegaMike 108 ( ago)
dont you hate it when lettuce magically appears in the next frame when you ask for no vegitals.

Author Sofi B. ( ago)
do the princess and the frog biscuits and homers diet rice cracker when he tries to lower his cholesterol

Author Andrew Garrepy ( ago)
There is no food channel that ever compared as far as making me want to prepare and eat food.

Author Kenneth Donnelly ( ago)
the Hawaiian burgers i make are pretty much the same, i use Bacon and fresh Green jalapeno instead of the onions (if im cooking on a char coal grill then i will add some char grilled onion slices) and good sweet chili sauce instead of the teriyaki. ( i hate ketchup and don't eat cheese so they are left out of my own personal one but on everyone else's i make)

Author Lase Salu ( ago)
HII!! New subscriber and I'm in love with your channel! Please do Spencer's spaghetti tacos from iCarly!!

Author Angie Zavala ( ago)
Do eggs woodhouse from Archer

Author Nile Kennedy ( ago)
Please correct the spelling of bingeing, it's annoying as fuck

Author Millena Almeida ( ago)
DO spaghetti tacos from icarly

Author ItsScarz ( ago)
The chain smash burger makes smash burgers too

Author rwdplz1 ( ago)
I can't stop watching these videos, and now I'm so hungry...

Author Kirk Hayden ( ago)
you didn't season your Patties!! ;_;

Author pulpnonfiction ( ago)
Know what they call a quarter-pounder in Paris?

Author Cameron Medina ( ago)
found this channel yesterday. let just say im sticking around

Author Darrell Dayton ( ago)
I can a dank ass burger I dont share my secrets tho

Author Claid ( ago)
Americans complaining a pizza with pineapple, yet they have hawaiian burger, which has pineapple in it.
and by the way, hawaii is part of US territory.

Author Jordan Truppner ( ago)
bruh, I made these tonight. I used Sriracha sauce instead of ketchup. The spice mixed well with the sweet from the pineapple. MMMMMM deeeelish. Used king Hawaiian roll too

Author Liz x ( ago)
I am literally 'binging' on babish and have no regrets whatsoever. Thank you for making probably the best online cooking videos I've ever seen, quality entertainment.

Author gregistopal ( ago)
American cheese on anything is a hate crime

Author EinsteinEMP826 ( ago)
Just made this for the whole family; INSTANT hit. Never had smashed patties like this - they were amazing. Thanks for the video!!

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