Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Ben and I have a new addition to our household: a real, grown-up grill! It was just delivered last week, and my immediate reaction was to plan two BBQ dinners, two nights in a row. On the menu for both: Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Onion. Juicy teriyaki burger patties made with ground chicken or turkey, glazed with an easy homemade teriyaki burger sauce. Simple, healthy, and delicious! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This post is sponsored by Pick ‘n Save.

Since my friends are coming over at six, and I have exactly ZERO prep work done, my plan is to make a double batch of the teriyaki burger patties, cook half tonight, then keep the rest in the refrigerator for tomorrow.

Work once, eat twice. I like this strategy.

For the rest of the menu, we’ll be having this Grilled Corn Salad (FAVE), sliced watermelon, and my favorite blackberry crisp for dessert. Nothing is fussy. Everything is delicious. Isn’t summer food the best?

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, Onion, and a sweet and savory teriyaki burger sauce. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Although our grill is new, this household is no stranger to burgers, especially burgers made with ground chicken and turkey. I love that they are leaner than beef burgers and, if done properly, can be just as satisfying.

If your experience with turkey burgers up to this point has been bland patties that are more reminiscent of a hockey puck than a juicy burger worth of its bun, these Teriyaki Burgers will change your mind. They’re sweet and tangy, plenty moist, and sure to please even the staunchest of red meat eaters.

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers with Teriyaki burger sauce. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

A few key tips to total turkey burger success:

ONE: It all starts with the meat. Choose ground turkey that is free of hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. It’s worth it! I like Simple Truth brand Ground Turkey, which I find at Pick ‘n Save, my local grocery store. Simple Truth is a line of products that are available at many Kroger-affiliated grocery stores. The products are minimally processed, making choosing good quality ingredients easy and affordable.

Easy homemade Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple. Healthy recipe with ground turkey or chicken. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

TWO: Amp it up! Ground turkey is ultra mild on its own, which makes it an ideal canvas to showcase a wide range of flavors. Season your ground turkey generously and don’t be afraid to experiment.

In honor of summer, I gave these Teriyaki Burgers a Hawaiian-inspired twist: lots of fresh ginger and pineapple, and a homemade teriyaki burger sauce that is first mixed into the patties for moisture and flavor, then brushed on the outsides as a glaze.

THREE: Make ’em moist! Avoid overcooking at all costs. I use this instant-read digital meat thermometer and pull them off at the exact moment the burgers reach 160 degrees F. The FDA says 165, but by the time the burgers have rested a few minutes (another key part of keeping them moist), they are safe to eat.

Healthy Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger recipe. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

FOUR: Pile on the fixins. Once you have your juicy patty, it’s time to load it up! I topped the Teriyaki Burgers with grilled pineapple and red onion. The pineapple caramelizes on the grill, and its sweet flavor is a delicious counterpoint to the savory teriyaki sauce.

Easy Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

These turkey burger tips also apply to ground chicken, so if that’s your preferred protein, feel free to swap it into any ground turkey burger recipe.

Now that we’ve mastered the moist turkey burger basics, it’s time to put them into action. In addition to these Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, here are a few of my other favorite chicken and turkey burger recipes:

Tools I used to make these Teriyaki Burgers:

  • Silicone basting brush (love that you can just toss it in the dishwasher)
  • Small whisk (perfect for stirring the teriyaki sauce)
  • THIS is the grill we just purchased. Such an investment! My father-in-law owned an earlier version of this same model for 17 years, so I’m feeling confident that it will be worth it.
  • No grill? No problem! Try this indoor grill pan.
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Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers. Moist, juicy chicken or turkey burgers topped with a sweet and tangy teriyaki burger sauce, grilled pineapple, and onion.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

FOR THE BURGERS:

  • 1 pound 93% lean Simple Truth Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 rings canned pineapple (reserve juice for teriyaki sauce below)
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns, for serving

FOR THE TERIYAKI SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice (from canned pineapple above)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 clove)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Prepare the teriyaki sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the reserved 1/4 cup pineapple juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. While you wait for the sauce to boil, whisk the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together in a small bowl to create a slurry. Once the sauce is boiling, add the slurry, then stir to combine. Cook for 1 additional minute, until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, panko, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cilantro, and 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce. Mix just until combined, and be careful not to compact the meat. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Set aside some of the remaining teriyaki sauce for serving, reserving the rest for grilling. Preheat the grill to medium high and lightly oil the grates. Grill the rings of pineapple and red onion slices until caramelized and tender, about 3 minutes per side for the pineapple and 4 minutes for the red onion. Grill the burgers for 4 minutes on the first side, flip, then brush with  sauce. Grill 4 minutes, then flip again and brush the other side with sauce. Continue cooking until the burgers are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 160 to 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes total. Remove to a plate, cover, and let rest 5 minutes. If desired, grill the buns.
  4. Serve the burgers inside of the buns, brushed with reserved sauce and topped with grilled pineapple and red onion.
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 patty with 1 pineapple ring, 1 thick onion slice, and a light brushing of extra teriyaki sauce

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 254 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
  • Sodium: 734mg
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Protein: 23g

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23 comments

  1. Congrats on the grill purchase – Weber is the best! We started out with the old fashioned kettle style and have since graduated to the gas version. My husband grills all year round and absolutely swears by Weber.
    We’re in the process of redoing our front porch and in doing so, we’re making provisions for our grill to be camouflaged because this is the best place for us to use it – out of the weather and close to the kitchen. In fact we’ll be replacing our present one with it’s newer model in the near future only because we want an upgrade, not that this one isn’t working. Webers are true workhorses! P.S. This being a food blog: these sandwiches look so juicy and tasty; also colorful.

    • Thanks, Chris! It sounds like your front porch remodel is shaping up to be a great one. I’m glad to hear another thumbs up for Weber!

  2. Love the grilled pineapple addition!

  3. I love that turkey! We buy it too! And this means i get to come over too right? yay for new grill!

  4. I absolutely love the flavors and the big grilled pineapple rounds on these burgers- I bet they were amazing!

  5. The perfect flavor combo, sweet and savory!!

  6. These look SO incredible!!!! :) 

  7. Hooray for a grown up grill! Lol. I don’t know what I would do without mine. I’m grilling all Summer long. Love the pineapple on here. It’s one of my favorite burger toppings!

  8. I can’t think of a better summer cookout dish! LOVE grilled pineapple too!

  9. I followed the recipe and I wasn’t that impressed. Most of my guests thought they great.

    Rating: 4
    • Hi Lois, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the burgers—I know it’s disappointing when a new recipe doesn’t turn out to be for your tastes. Thanks for reporting back, and I’m glad that your guests were able to enjoy them.

  10. Lovin it Erin! A brilliant combination (:

  11. I’m a fan of any kind of burger, and these look like they would not disappoint. I think the sweet pineapple on top is a great addition!

  12. We made this recipe over the weekend and it was a hit! Such a great combination of flavors and toppings. Even my beef loving husband went back for seconds!

    Rating: 5
    • Sue, I’m happy to hear you both enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for giving it a try and sharing how it went!

  13. Oh. My. Gosh.  Inhaling one of these right now as I type. I cannot believe how good they are (well, yes I can, your recipes are always delish.) The grilled onion and pineapple really take it over the top!  Fortunately for me, my hubby is out of town so I get to eat on these the rest of the week. 

  14. We just had these for dinner – loved ’em!! Had them with grilled corn on the cob and fresh watermelon juice. I think I’ve got a new favorite summer dinner! :)

    Rating: 5

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