May 23, 2013

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger



If you're looking for a new way to enjoy a burger, then I think you'll love this Hawaiian inspired teriyaki burger made with Laura's Lean ground beef, carrots, scallions and topped with a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce and a grilled pineapple.

Last weekend I spent four days in Disney World with my husband and youngest daughter Madison. I attended the Food Blog Forum which was truly inspirational, and we stayed at the Grand Floridian Resort which was a lovely place to stay. One of those nights we ate dinner at the Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Resort, where I had a delicious teriyaki steak topped with pineapple; which was the inspiration for this burger recipe.
 

I did a little research into what goes into a Hawaian teriyaki sauce, and after reading many recipes I came up with my own version which was so good, this will certainly be a regular. You could of course buy teriyaki marinade to speed this up, but making it from scratch tastes sooo much better.

I'm a huge fan of Laura's Lean Beef, because it's low in fat and saturated fat, and free of hormones and antibiotics, which is important to me when choosing meat. Their beef is available in many supermarkets, and I even found it at Target. I'm also running a giveaway over at Skinny Bits for two $25 vouchers so if you haven't tried Laura's Lean Beef, here's your chance (click link for giveaway)


And I just have to share this contraption that easily cuts pineapple into perfect rings. My girlfriend Gabbie bought this for me a few years ago, and I love it; it's called the Pineapple Easy Slicer. It's simple to use and it's awesome. If you prefer canned pineapple, be sure it's packed in juice and not syrup.

By the way, this is also great without the bun if you're watching your carbs, just serve it on a bed of lettuce and drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top. Without the bun, the burgers are Weight Watchers 6 points plus.


Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 burger • Old Points: 7 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 8 pt*
Calories: 330 • Fat: 10 g • Carb: 37 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 29 g • Sugar: 21 g
Sodium: 584 mg • Cholest: 60 mg   *without bun: 6 PP

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Laura's Lean 93% ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 8 slices fresh pineapple
  • 8 whole wheat 100 calorie buns (I used Martin's)
  • 8 lettuce leaves

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 fresh grated ginger, very fine
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

Directions:

For the burgers: Gently combine the ground beef with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Form into 8 equal sized patties, try not to overwork the meat so it doesn't get tough.



For the teriyaki sauce:  Combine the cornstarch in cold water and dissolve. Set aside.

Mix soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic in small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a boil and simmer until sauce reduces, about 15 to 18 minutes. Add cornstarch water mixture and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Heat the grill. When hot clean the grates and spray with oil. Place the patties on the grill and cook on high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until burgers are cooked to your liking. While the burgers are cooking, grill the pineapple slices for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

To serve, place a piece of lettuce on the bottom of each burger bun. Top with the cooked burger and 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce, then top with grilled pineapple.

Teriyaki sauce recipe adapted from Food.com

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Laura's Lean Beef. I only share products I am passionate about and use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so, hope you enjoy!

89 comments :

  1. I tuoi piatti sono sempre fantastici!!!!

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  2. I'll have to try this. One of my favorite restaurants in my home state has a teriyaki burger that is amazing! But that restaurant (Islands) is not here in the midwest. I'd love to be able to make some Hawaiian teriyaki burgers at home.

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    1. What did you say? *curious* I love this burger. I must try it sometime.

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  4. yuuuum !! it must be sooooo delicious !!! must try for tomorrow's dinner :)
    xx
    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

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  5. It sayes to form them into 4 equal patties, I'm guessing that's a typo because everything else is for 8 servings? This looks really good. I am going to try them this weekend!

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    1. Yes, thanks for catching that, just updated.

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  6. Do you know how many points it is just for the sauce? I have pre-made turkey burger patties but would love to cook them in the teriyaki sauce!

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  7. Awesome!! ... you solved my 'what's for dinner' issue... :-)

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  8. This looks so fresh with the grated carrot in there. Every time my husband asks what's for dinner he also follows his question with, "Is it Skinnytaste?". That's his way of assuring that it will be yummy.

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  9. Can't wait to try. Thank you for the sauce recipe. I have one that uses whisky.

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  10. Sounds great. Going to try it this weekend. I'm kinda scare to use such a lean meat. I usually use 80/20...

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  11. It looks soooo good! Can't wait to try it :)

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  12. Now that's a good looking burger! I'll have to look for Laura's Beef the next time I'm at Target.

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  13. Oh Gina, this looks great! I looooove burgers and grilling, and can't wait to fire mine up for the first time this year over the weekend. Great recipe!

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  14. Gina, this looks amazing! I love that the recipe includes so many fruits and veggies, not to mention the wonderful lean beef - a perfect combo of delicious and healthy, too! Also - many thanks for the great tip on the pineapple slicer - so cool that it leaves behind the lovely pineapple shell so you can use it as a serving bowl. Fabulous!

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  15. Man...I can't have beef anymore (doc took it away). I am sure this will work with ground turkey though. How many calories is it just for the sauce? If you don't know...no worries...I will figure out myself. Can't wait to try this!! YUM!

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    1. Sorry I don't know off hand.

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    2. If you use 93/7 lean ground turkey instead, its the same points for the recipe! I have put them both in the recipe builder on weight watchers, and 4 oz 93/7 lean ground turkey is 4 points, and 4 oz of Laura's lean ground beef is 4 pts :)

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  16. Is the ginger absolutely necessary? Some members in my family do not care for it at all.

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    1. Also, I have everything except the ginger of course, and garlic. Could I use garlic salt or garlic powder???

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    2. You can leave out the ginger and improvise with garlic powder. Should be fine.

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  17. That is one tasty looking burger!

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  18. Wow, what a scrumptious burger! Love that big slab of grilled pineapple on top. Perfect for BBQ's!

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  19. Yum that recipes looks incredible I love pineapple in burgers (and actually in everything!). That pineapple slicer looks really handy :)

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  20. This recipe looks very good! I don't usually eat burgers (I am French so it's not a very popular food for us) but this recipe seems easy enough and I'm starting WW next week so it might come in handy! Ps: you reminded me that I definitely need a pineapple cutter, looks so much easier than doing it with a knife!

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  21. We have one of those pineapple slicers. It's amazing!

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  22. I enjoyed this burger recipe! Only change I made was after I grilled the Pineapple I diced it up "salsa style" rather than leave in a ring. Reason was, I only had 1/2 rings left from a fresh pineapple. Worked out just perfect and had grilled pineapple in every bite.

    Thank you Gina.

    Nancy

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  23. SO amazingly good! I added avocado cause I had some left over I wanted to use and it blended nicely I thought :) Thank you so much for the awesome recipes!

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  24. This looks so delicious! I love pineapple on burgers! Do you know what a good side for this would be?

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    1. I used some on hand veggies (snow peas, carrots, etc) and grilled with some of the "sauce" on a mesh grilling rack.

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  25. This is my kind of burger! My mom used to make a pineapple stuffed burger growing up so I know I'd love this.

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  26. Just wonderful - you are my hero! We had these for dinner tonight and everyone loves them. The fresh pineapple was worth the splurge. I will make these again and again, and I might add some jalapenos for even more kick!

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    1. Amy awesome, so glad you liked them.

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  27. Gina, what about turkey? Ya think?

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  28. These were fantastic! I used ground turkey since I don't eat red meat and was planning to add panko crumbs to hold them together but forgot. Didn't matter, they held up just fine. I used 2 teaspoons of sriracha and may even use a 3rd next time for extra kick, we love spicy in this house. Thanks Gina!

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    1. Thanks for your feedback on the turkey meat. I too don't eat red meat, but will try this on the 4th of July

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  29. Made this tonight and it was really delish. Pineapple is so good right now and cheap too. The homemade teriyaki was so much better than bottled!!

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  30. Made this tonight and it was really delish. Pineapple is so good right now and cheap too. The homemade teriyaki was so much better than bottled!!

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    1. Right!!!! No preservatives and foreign ingredients :)

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  31. Made this for dinner last night and served it with corn (frozen kernels). The burgers were so tasty, especially with the teriyaki sauce. My family really enjoyed them. I will definitely be making them again.

    For those who were asking about the calorie count on the sauce, I used a recipe converter to figure it out. Not sure how accurate, but here is what I came up with (assuming a serving is 1/4 of the amount made, since it serves 4 people).
    66 calories, 13g sugar, 1g protein, 0g fat, 576 sodium

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  32. We made these tonight. They were so amazing and even looked just like your pictures! There is nothing about this burger that I would change. We served them on sesame seed buns, but I think next time we will try Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Thank you for another recipe to add to my regular rotation!!

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    1. I bet that would be great on Hawaiian rolls :)

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  33. I made these tonight, and my family looked at me like I was crazy when I put pineapple slices on their burgers, but in the end they were all fans. Yay new recipes! Thank you for this! :)

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  35. My five year old isn't really a picky eater except when it comes to meat.... (a habit he has no doubt picked up (and then amplified) from me) we devoured these at dinner tonight! The hubby, especially, thanks you greatly for the "meaty" new regular!

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  36. Do you happen to have the nutrition info for just the sauce? I loved it so much I made a batch to use for stir-fry tonight!

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    1. No not off hand, isn't it good!!

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    2. It's insane -- loving it!

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  37. Best burger ever. Seriously amazing! I added a slice of Sargento ultra thin pepper jack cheese to each of mine.

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  38. Just made these burgers a couple hours ago. AMAZING! my husband went on and on about how great they were. I didn't have any pineapple juice on hand for the sauce so I used orange juice instead, was still incredibly delicious. Thank you for these wonderful recipes Gina. They are easy, healthy, and fantastic!

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  39. I made these tonight and they were AWESOME!! We love burgers and this was a fantastic twist on the standard burger! I don't like pineapple on my burger so I put avocado on there instead and it was delish. I loved the teriyaki sauce, so simple and easy to make. We will be making this a lot this summer!

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    1. Avocado, great idea. I'll try that next time, thanks!

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  40. Made these! The whole family totally enjoyed this. Thanks :-)

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  41. I just got the patties made and sauce for later tonight. omg the sauce is really really good

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  42. Made this tonight with turkey. Delicious! I didn't have low-sodium soy, so I used regular and was afraid it was too salty - basted burgers while grilling instead of using it as a condiment. It didn't end up being too much as first thought - YUMMY! Served with sweet corn and pesto grilled potatoes from www.twopeasandtheirpod.com. Thanks Gina!

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  43. We ate this tonight and MAN, was it good. My 19-month old has been on a random meat strike- yeah... he ate a whole burger. So thanks!!

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  44. I guess I expected a little more from this one... It was good, of course, but I don't think I'd make it again. Just not enough wow factor for me.

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  45. Made these for dinner tonight! Delicious, of course. Even my three year old gobbled up his burger (sans pineapple). Thanks for yet another winner!

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  46. Omg Gina, I made this last night and it was sooo good.
    My boyfriend (who is the pickiest easter EVER ALIVE) found is very good. Especially the sauce. It was heavenly. I will make a big batch of it so I can use it with chicken on the grill.
    Only the burgers came out a little to big for us (and our mouths) so I will make the patties smaller and the pineapple slices thinner. But this recipe is definitly a keeper and is going straight to the recipe binder. Thank you so much Gina.

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  47. These were great! Really delicious and very messy eating. I made a double batch of the sauce to keep some in the fridge for grilled chicken or shrimp later this week. Even though I toasted the rolls they got pretty soggy - which is fine because they were so tasty - so next time I may try bulkie rolls or a similar, more substantial "support" structure around the burger, pineapple and sauce. These would also be really great served as meatballs with pineapple/bell pepper/onion chunks swimming in the sauce at a cocktail party, or as sliders for a casual event. Excellent!

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  48. It's me again. Just now I used more of the leftover sauce to create some quick lettuce wraps for lunch. Romaine leaf, shredded carrots, rice leftover from Skinnytaste chicken yakitori, scallions, cilantro and this sauce. Terrific, light, fast lunch to recharge for more yard work. I was thinking about dicing up leftover chicken from the yakitori to add but am doing Meatless Monday so skipped it. This sauce is really fantastic! Wish I could post a photo of my creation!

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  49. I use ground Bison instead. It tastes so much cleaner than ground beef or ground sirloin. Very clean and slightly different. It's higher in protein, lower in sodium and cholesterol, lower in saturated fat. It's a bit on the expensive side (at $8.99/lb. here in Ontario, California) but I only use it 1-2 times a week. Give it a try! It's really good...

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  50. Just made this tonight!!! It was AWESOME!! :)

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  51. I'm going to make this with ground turkey or chicken, and I will use stevia in the teriyaki sauce instead of sugar (can't do sugat), and will use big lettuce leaves instead of a bun! I can't wait to try it.

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  52. My husband, who only likes traditional hamburgers... ate TWO! Delicious!

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  53. Just finished eating this.... loved by everyone! You have not let us down yet Gina!

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  54. Made this with ground chicken. It was super yummy!

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  56. I made these last night with ground turkey. I added some bread crumbs and oats to keep the pattys together. Oh my goodness, they were sooo good! And btw ... the sauce was purely amazing. My husband was also very impressed!

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  57. Very good! My favorite so far of your recipes! Looking forward to the cookbook!

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  58. This burger looks amazing...just like all of your recipes! I've been trying to lose weight and your website has been a HUGE help and inspiration! I was just curious as to how many calories the burger would be without the bun? I'm not doing weight watchers but counting calories.

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    1. Sorry I just read that the buns are 100 calories! My bad!

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  59. Made these for dinner and they were wonderful. I didn't have sriracha sauce, and while they were still good I can tell they would be so much better with the sauce. I was worried my husband wouldn't like it, but the only thing he said was that it needed the sriacha. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  60. Could you possibly tell me how many carbs this would be without the bun? Thanks!!

    -Jessi

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  61. I made these with ground chicken and they are absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great idea!

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  62. Made this with ground turkey. Amazing recipe and one of my favorite blogs!

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  63. Do you know how many original points it is without the bun?

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  64. Have you ever made them ahead and froze the burgers? Going camping and like to have most things already prepared and ready to go

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