Kiwi Burger

Kiwi Burger

The Kiwi burger is a type of burger totally unique to New Zealand, it consists of your normal beef burger ingredients but with the addition of beetroot, pineapple and eggs. I am not sure whether McDonalds had invented this recipe or it was based on an authentic Kiwi Recipe as this was a popular McDonald’s limited time menu option during 1991, 2007 and 2009. But having said that McDonalds was not just the one offering this burger even gourmet burger joints all around New Zealand serve this. When I first came here in NZ this was the first type of burger that I tried and it was not from McDonalds, I was so intrigued by the combination of flavours in the burger so I grabbed one, surprisingly it tasted really good and the different ingredients worked well with each other.  There are different variations as well that I guess originated from the original recipe where they sometimes add avocadoes or even fruit based chutneys.

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Kiwi Burger

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Kiwi


  • 4 burger buns
  • 600g premium beef mince
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 812 slices beetroot (canned)
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • aioli
  • tomato relish
  • salad greens (lettuce, rocket, etc)
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Season beef mince with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 balls and shape into patties. Pan grill or barbecue each patty and cook to your liking, I recommend until medium rare as it will still cook through once you rest the burger patty.
  2. Now add a spoonful of aioli in one slice of ciabatta and relish on the other slice, then start placing the greens then the patty, then egg,  pineapple, beetroot and onions.
  3. Serve with Kumara / Sweet potato chips and your choice of salad.



15 Responses

  1. We also enjoy egg burgers but haven’t tried the beetroot yet – it sounds great.
    :-) Mandy

  2. Judy says:

    I would imagine the beets add a tang of flavor, similar to mustard, but with a little sweet? Very interesting. I’ve noticed eggs popping up on all sorts of dishes lately which seems odd to me, but that is the way of the foodie, always trying new things :)

  3. Meri says:

    Looks interesting! I love the name too :)

  4. A very unusual and enticing recipe. Never considered beetroot with a beef burger but imagine the beets add a sweet and special taste to this burger. Worth trying, thank you for sharing.

  5. boogie. says:

    I’ve never heard of kiwi burger. the ingredients look like it’d be a tasty & moist burger. it’s so interesting to see McDonald’s adapted recipes around the world.

  6. I like your international menu here, and I like the idea of adding beetroot. I bet it adds a sweetness to the burger. Thanks for the idea, something I never thought of doing before.


  7. I don’t remember anything similar to this at McDs. Beetroot is so healthy and its a good chance with the burger.

  8. I like the addition of beetroot as a topping. Very healthy. Reading the title, I was almost expecting kiwi the fruit lol.

  9. Canikiwi says:

    Just so you know, its not a McD’s recipe – I had this in NZ in 1977 before McD’s had ever heard of the place – my fave combo is the pineapple and beetroot, although I have had the egg with the beetroot. Absolutely delicious!!!

  10. Thats one mighty burger, brings back memories.

  11. Mark says:

    Yeah, mcD’s adapted the original recipe popular in takeaway shops and homes since the early 70’s. There’s a brand of Beetroot relish over here which is like a more contemporary take on the older sliced beetroot and let me tell you it rocks!

  12. Jayde says:

    As a kiwi I dont think I have ever seen a Kiwiburger with pineapple. Avo, yes. Pineapple – nooo. Thats a Hawaiian burger! recreating Maccas kiwiburgers tonight (even though they are back at McDs now) – Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  13. I love a kiwi burger. Usually it has tomatoes and mayo, but I love the substitute of aioli and relish instead.

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