I am pretty proud of myself right now. Aside from the fact that I finally got my feet off the ground in my crow pose (yay!), I just got ready in about 15 minutes.
Not ready, ready. But presentable enough, I think.
I had just sat down to edit these photos when AJ called to let me know he was on his way home from golf and “by the way, Justin and Mikey are coming over to swim”. Which is all fine and dandy, except, aside from brushing my teeth and putting some workout clothes on, I still looked like I did when I rolled out of bed 7 hours earlier. In case you’re wondering, it’s not a pretty sight….#iwokeuplikethis and I’m sorry!
I was sweaty from a workout, my hair was basically piled on top of my head in a halfway ponytail and I had absolutely no make-up on. Thanks for the advance notice! Ugh….men (cue the eye roll now).
Anyway, I ran into the bathroom, jumped in the shower and threw on some clothes and make-up just in time to walk into the living room and see the boys sitting on our front bench waiting for AJ to get home from the store.
Luckily, I had enough time to finish my Spicy Teriyaki Turkey Burger before they came over so at least I wasn’t hangry! (If you’ve never met me, this is a huge blessing).
This Teriyaki Turkey Burger is absolutley AH-mazing! You might need a bib and 100 napkins because it is seriously messy, but it’s totally worth it.
The best part of this turkey burger, in my opinion, is the grilled pineapple. It is a MUST! The first time I had grilled pineapple on a burger was in Maui (naturally), and it forever changed me. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness, but is not so overpowering that it takes over the whole burger experience.
Also, I love teriyaki anything. If it wasn’t socially unacceptable I would probably drink teriyaki sauce directly out of the jar, but…
I recently told AJ I wanted salmon for dinner and when he said he wanted something other than teriyaki salmon, I stared it him like he had 2 heads and reminded him that salmon glazed with teriyaki sauce is the only way I will eat salmon, thank-you-very-much.
OK, that’s a lie, but when I said I wanted salmon, what I meant was I wanted teriyaki salmon…duh! What can I say, I am stubborn. Or maybe just a creature of habit? Either way, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Amirite??
These Teriyaki Turkey Burgers are seriously out-of-this-world delicious and easy! Teriyaki adds so much flavor to all foods, it’s almost a no-brainer. Teriyaki anything is pretty much my go-to for quick and easy dinner recipes. Teriyaki chicken, teriyaki salmon ,teriyaki shrimp, teriyaki pork..teriyaki turkey burgers! You name it, I’ve “teriyaki-ed” it.
But, when I decided to try my normal teriyaki chicken sandwiches with the turkey patties we had in the fridge, I didn’t expect to fall in love with the recipe. I can 100% assure you I will not make turkey burgers any other way. No more boring, flavorless turkey burgers. These Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Turkey Burgers will change your life. Fo reals.
They are also super easy to assemble.
You just start with pre-formed turkey patties. (Or make your own if you want). Grill them up with some pineapple and red onion, brush on some teriyaki sauce, add some cheese (I used pepper jack), then put them on a bun with some Sriracha mayo and mixed greens and voila…Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Turkey Burgers!
Fun tip – I make things even easier on my self and put a little “grilling tray” together so I am not scrambling to get everything out there in enough time. Here’s a little sample of what that looks like. For me, prepping everything ahead of time makes the whole cooking experience more enjoyable and stress-free.
Try these Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Turkey Burgers for your Memorial Day BBQ, or the next time you need a quick and easy weeknight meal…or when you want to be transported to a beach in Maui on the fly! 😉
Heat grill, or grill pan, to medium-high heat and coat with oil or non-stick cooking spray.
Season turkey patties on both sides with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place turkey patties on grill and cook approximately 5 minutes on one side, flip patties and brush with teriyaki sauce.
Cook for another 5 minutes and flip again.
Brush the other side with teriyaki sauce and cook for approximately 2 minutes. Continue to brush with teriyaki sauce and flip the patties until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (This should take approximately 15-20 minutes total)
Top patties with cheese and continue to cook until the cheese has melted. Remove from grill and set aside.
While the turkey patties cook, add sliced pineapple and red onion to the grill and cook for a few minutes on each side until grill marks appear. Set aside.
While turkey patties rest, stir together mayo and Sriracha and spread onto hamburger buns.
Top buns with mixed greens, cooked teriyaki turkey burgers, grilled pineapple and red onion.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
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