Hawaiian Turkey Burger

Burgers are a big hit in my house and I'm always looking for new ways to serve this staple dish. The other day I was searching Skinny Taste (which has become one of my favorite websites), and I found a recipe for a Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger. I decided to swap out the ground beef for ground turkey to make the recipe a little healthier. I'm really happy with the flavor profile and it is a dish I would definitely serve again! 

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1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1 tsp fresh minced ginger (I buy the ginger in a bottle already minced to make it easier)

1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

5 slices fresh pineapple

For the pineapple teriyaki sauce:

1/2 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup pineapple juice

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

1 small garlic clove, minced


Gently combine the turkey meat with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, and soy sauce. Form into 5 equal sized patties, try not to overwork the meat so it doesn’t get tough. Place to the side and start working on the teriyaki sauce.

Mix soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, ginger and garlic in small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a boil and simmer until sauce reduces, about 15 to 18 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch in cold water and dissolve. Add the cornstarch water mixture and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Drizzle a little olive oil on the grill pan if cooking inside. Otherwise, heat the grill  and when hot,  spray with oil. Place the patties on the grill and cook on high heat for about 7 minutes on each side. 

While the burgers are cooking, grill the pineapple slices for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

To serve, place the cooked burger on a toasted bun, top with 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce, and finish off with the grilled pineapple.



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