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Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

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This easy Hawaiian teriyaki burger is made with lean ground beef, carrots, scallions and topped with grilled pineapple and a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce.

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 lean ground beef, carrots, scallions and topped with a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce and a grilled pineapple.

This burger was inspired by a trip to Disney World with my husband and youngest daughter Madison. 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.

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

The homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce is delicious, but if you wish you can use pre-made teriyaki marinade to speed this up. Canned pineapple can also be used instead of fresh, just be sure it’s packed in juice and not syrup.

To lower the carbs, swap the bun out for a bed of lettuce and drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top.

Pineapple-teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

  • cornstarch, to thicken
  • low-sodium soy sauce, for unami and salt
  • pineapple juice, for sweetness and acidity
  • brown sugar, for sweetness
  • fresh ginger, for pungent flavor
  • garlic, for pungent flavor
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Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

5 from 22 votes
This easy Hawaiian teriyaki burger is made with lean ground beef, carrots, scallions and topped with grilled pineapple and a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This easy Hawaiian teriyaki burger is made with lean ground beef, carrots, scallions and topped with grilled pineapple and a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 burger


  • 2 lbs 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


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.

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Serving: 1 burger, Calories: 330 kcal, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 29 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 60 mg, Sodium: 584 mg, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 21 g


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148 comments on “Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger”

  1. This is a favorite in our house. We have made these with beef and Turkey. I added more sriracha for turkey and they are delicious with either protein. Love this recipe!

  2. These are our go to burgers! So good. We have made gem at least 4 times now and they NEVER disappoint.

  3. This is the absolute BEST burger I have EVER had in my life! The flavors compliment each other so well. Nothing comes close to this recipe in my opinion. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! 

  4. These were so delicious I was floored – and I’m not a pineapple person. Making them again tonight 🙂

    I put them on a Dave’s killer bun and served with Gina’s macaroni salad. Amazing.

  5. Made this for my wife on her birthday. I’ve never tried a teriyaki burger before and she told me it tastes better than the Habit Grill’s teriyaki burger (which is her favorite meal). I’ve yet to try their burger, and I might not have to anymore! It was amazing!

  6. I made these tonight with a few subs based on what I had on hand. I subbed turkey for ground beef, and airfried them and the pineapple (it was dark by the time I started cooking so I didn’t go out to grill), also I didn’t have green onion so I used red in the burger. And I used Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce, used dried ginger and garlic, and cut down on the sugar to only 2 TBSP for the sauce. Lastly, I used canned pineapple instead of fresh, and used the juice(its 100% juice) from the can for the teriyaki sauce.

    Delish! I had mine over shredded romaine and carrots and a little more red onion. The kids had it on a bun. The sauce was the star of this dish! Highly recommended. I even made the burgers and sauce (minus the cornstarch slurry) ahead and had them in the fridge ready to go! Airfried each side about 10 mins, threw the pineapple in for the last 5. Perfecto!

  7. Made this tonight. Divine! The kids even loved it. Will definitely be making this again. I had the pecan, goat cheese and beet salad with it 👌

  8. Made these yesterday they were delicious and so easy to make, will definitely be doing these again. 

  9. Delicious as always! And it was really fun to make my own teriyaki sauce! Flavorful and easy! Thanks for the recipe!!

  10. My faimily really likes this recipe, I’ve made it a few times now. This weekend I made it, but instead of burgers, I made it into little meatballs, and broiled them in the oven.. Now I have a week’s worth of meal prep teriyaki meatballs with pinepple. Paired it with rice and roasted carrots. That sauce is just the best.

  11. Best burger recipe ever. My 3 kids and wife loved it. It was easy to make, which made my family ecstatic because they want this every week!

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    Josephine Deyo

    This recipe is awesome!! My favorite burger recipe so far. Would definitely make this year round. 🙂

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      Carole Harland

      I made these burgers for dinner tonight and they are totally delicious, but I put the ingredients into my WW calculator afterwards and it comes out to 7 SP just for the burger and the teriyaki sauce alone and doesn’t allow for the bun. Could the math be off on this one? Has anyone else checked and found a difference? Still worth the extra, but if made with extra lean 96% ground beef, they’d only be 4SP!

  13. We made this lean burger for supper today.. Hubs used to complain about not liking lean meats. 
    Now that he is past 70, he seems to recognize the need to follow a healthier lifestyle. 
    He said he liked the meat with veggies mixed in. I made 4 burgers and put 2 in the freezer. I’m looking forward to heating them up. 
    There  are still a couple months of warm weather, so we will have this again. 

    On your menu for the week, you served this with slaw. However, I had left over corn on the Cobb, so I made the Roast Corn Salad instead.

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  15. I felt it was necessary to comment that I have been making these burgers from this incredible recipe for almost 6 years. When I first discovered this on Pinterest we would have them monthly. 6 years, a move interstate, a marriage and 3 children later, (and not having made them for probably 2 years) my husband piped up tonight with “what about rhose teriyaki burgers you used to make? And so here we are again, my house filled with the undeniable whoft of that sauce. Thank you SO much.

  16. My mouth is still watering after looking at this burger recipe, it looks fantastic, I’ll be sure to try this recipe next week!

  17. Thank you for sharing delicious recipes I love it so much and will soon try at home .. i give you 5 stars for recipe rating

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  20. Aaah, I think I figured it out!  7 points for burger on a (100 cal) bun (4 for burger, 3 for bun), 10 points if you add the teriyaki sauce. Does that sound right?

    1. Hi Rachel. I use 2 point Village Hearth buns and made it using the above recipe and it came to 7 with the sauce. So maybe it would be 8 with the buns you use?

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  23. You don’t need my testimonial as you already have a ton, but these burgers were amazing! I am not a huge burger person anymore, especially homemade burgers, but these are soooo good! I used grass fed beef and next time I will skip a bun in favor of just using lettuce, so fresh and flavorful I found the bun to actually interfere with the burger. I’ve made tons of your recipes, Gina, and loved every one except one…I have to say, this one is my new favorite! My husband is raving about these too. Thank you for the delicious recipe.

  24. Second time making these. One of my skinny taste all star recipes! This time I added a little red bell pepper , onion (out of scallion) and spinach chiffonade to get more green in. Making sauce now. Next time I might experiment with more of a veggie patty ( was thinking mashed broccoli, cauliflower and peas with spinach and some beef) who knows. Thank you. I’ve lost 23 lbs from cooking your recipes 6 nights a week!  I’m a skinny taste advocate and evangelizing my WW meetings with your recipes. 

  25. Every time I make these, people RAVE about them. They are amazing and worth the extra work it takes for a regular burger.

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    Nancy Elkthunder

    OMG!!! I’ve fixed several of your recipes, but this one is THE BEST!!! Whoda thunk, carrots in a burger. I think my husband licked the pan the teriyaki sauce was made in. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

  27. My husband and I tried these the other night and they were DELICIOUS!! We didn't grill and used ground turkey to substitute. YUM!

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    christene goodger

    My husband kept giving me dirty looks while making this…he's very picky and doesn't like trying new things. So I made an extra plain hamburger just in case. He devoured this burger…and made yummy noises the whole time he was eating it. Then kept naming all these things that the sauce would be good on. Definitely a home run and I made it exactly as written. Thanks for this recipe!!!!!

  29. These are SO good! I'm not much of a "scratch " cook and i wondered while making the sauce if I should have just bought a bottle. After tasting, im very glad i made it myself. Very much worth the bit of extra work.

  30. I made these last week and they were delicious! I used ground turkey since I had that on hand. I think beef will be better. I added cumin as other suggested. Next time I think I will add some more siracha or some red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. The sauce was out of this world!! I used sandwich thins but next time I will be sure to buy the Martin's 100 calorie rolls. This recipe made a lot of burgers. For lunch I chopped up some of the leftover burgers , pineapple and used a little of the sauce on a bed of lettuce and chopped us some scallions. It was so good. I will definitely make these again!

  31. These were delicious! I will note that as a recipe follower that goes to the 'T', the sauce never boiled after 45 minutes on medium-low heat. Turned it up to medium-high, then simmered and it was fine. But maybe I'm just dumb. 🙂 The burgers were perfect though!

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    Jennifer Garrison

    Gina, I made these for dinner tonight and they are absolutely amazing. The sauce is to die for. I can only imagine how much time and effort you put into your recipes. My husband loves me being on a diet since I found you. I did cheat just a little and used canned pineapple. But didn't change anything else. Thank you for all of your hard work. I am enjoying your book as well!

  33. Hi Gina! I love your site and cookbook! Question: martin's whole wheat buns are 3 pp+ on weight watchers. How to they come out to 2 in this recipe?

    1. Cornstarch and arrowroot are both starch thickeners, but they have slightly different properties. They are generally interchangeable in the same amounts, but there are times when one works better than the other.

      Use cornstarch for:
      sauce recipeswith dairy
      dishes cooked at a higher temperature, such as pies

      Recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie

      Use arrowroot for:

      •Sauce recipes with acid such as vinegar and lemon juice
      •Dishes you want to freeze
      •Recipes cooked at a lower temperature or for a long time

  34. Made these tonight for myself, husband and son. I used canned pineapple instead of fresh, and under the broiler instead of on the grill. I went a little light on the sriracha because my husband is not a spicy food guy.

    These. Were. FANTASTIC. I also added a slice of tomato, and just for myself I added some perfectly ripe avocado (what?! the husband and son don't even LIKE avocado!). Oh, my. Wonderful.

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    Diann Fischer

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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…

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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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    730 Days to Greatness!!

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!

  45. 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 Thanks Gina!

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    Kayla Scroggins

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

  47. 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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    Nausheena Wright

    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!

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

  50. 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!

  51. 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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    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! 🙂

  53. 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!!

  54. 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

  55. 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!!

    1. How long does the teriyaki sauce last in the fridge? What type of container do you recommend keeping it stored in?

  56. 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!!

  57. 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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      Shawn Evenson

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

  58. 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!

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

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

    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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    Anna Trombetta

    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!

  62. 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.


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    Cyndie @ Mademoiselle Slimalicious

    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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    Jan Sproutsnsquats

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

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking

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

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

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    Jolene Kroeger

    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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      Martha Richards

      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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    Two Healthy Kitchens

    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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    Cookin' Canuck

    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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    Leo Mendiola Jr.

    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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    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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    Lauren Podolsky

    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!