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Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers

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I have been dreaming about Hawaii a lot lately. Partly because my trip to Kauai in May got canceled, and partly because it is too dang hot here in Arizona! I would much rather be sitting on a beach with a Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger in my hands and a gentle breeze blowing through my hair. Oh, and a Mai Tai Cocktail….or Tropical Pina Colada being delivered by a cute cabana boy. Ahhh, a girl can dream.

a wood cutting board with a big cheeseburger topped with grilled pineapple and red onion slices, shredded cabbage and teriyaki sauce on a brioche bun with a second burger in the background.

Just look at that perfectly grilled burger topped with grilled pineapple and red onion rings, shredded cabbage, lots of teriyaki sauce and of course a squishy bun.

looking down on two burgers topped with grilled buns sitting on a wood cutting board with a small bowl of teriyaki sauce in front, and plate with grilled pineapple and red onion rings and a glass of bubbly water in the background.

How to make Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers:

To make the teriyaki sauce

Place the sugar, tamari, pineapple juice, garlic, ginger and cayenne in a medium sauce pan.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the orange zest and sesame oil. Whisk together and continue cooking for a minute or so until the sauce starts to thicken.

Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce simmering in a saucepan on the stove

Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To make the burgers

Heat up gas grill or start a charcoal grill.

Brush both sides of the onion and pineapple slices with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

four pineapple rings, four red onions slices and four ground beef patties flattened out on a foil lined baking sheet.

Form your hamburger patties and brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. {they do not cook at the same time so I actually took the burgers out on a separate pan}.

Place the burger patties on the grill and cook until halfway cooked through, about 5 minutes.

four ground beef patties with grill marks on one side cooking on a gas barbecue grill.

Flip the burgers over and cook on the other side until just about cooked through, about 5 additional minutes. Brush the burgers with teriyaki sauce, flip back over the to other side and brush with the teriyaki sauce.

four cooked beef patties brushed with teriyaki sauce, two with a slice of white cheddar cheese on top cooking on a barbecue grill.

Place cheese slices on top of the burgers and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from grill, cover with foil and set aside.

Place the onion and pineapple rings on the grill and cook until charred.

four grilled pineapple and red onion slices on the grill with grill marks on one side.

Flip them over and char the second side. Brush burger buns with olive oil and place on the grill until golden brown.

Assemble the burgers with shredded cabbage or lettuce, a cheese topped burger patty, pineapple and onion slices and additional teriyaki sauce on a hamburger bun.

a grilled Hawaiian teriyaki burger with the top bun tilted at an angle with a bowl of sauce in the background and the edge of a second burger in front.

Grab some napkins and dig in!!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • My onion slices were about a 1/4-inch thick, but you can make them thicker if you prefer.
  • These canned pineapple slices are very thin. For thicker slices, slice your own fresh pineapple, or purchase thicker canned slices.
  • For an even easier meal, make the teriyaki sauce ahead of time or use a bottle of store-bought sauce.

What to serve with your burgers:

Enjoy!!

a wood cutting board with a big cheeseburger topped with grilled pineapple and red onion slices, shredded cabbage and teriyaki sauce on a brioche bun with a second burger in the background.

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers topped with pineapple, onion, shredded cabbage and a sweet teriyaki sauce on a grilled bun will make you feel like you are having dinner on a tropical island!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled pineapple, grilled teriyaki burger, Hawaiian burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 628kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

Teriyaki Sauce

  • cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons pineapple juice I buy the small cans.
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • ¾ Tablespoon fresh ginger finely grated on a microplane
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional - just for background flavor
  • ¾ Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • ¾ Tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the Burgers

  • 1 ½ pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 slices pineapple
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white cheddar or provolone cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • shredded cabbage or lettuce

Instructions

To make the Teriyaki Sauce

  • Place the sugar, tamari, pineapple juice, garlic, ginger and cayenne in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the orange zest and sesame oil. Whisk together and continue cooking for a minute or so until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To make the Burgers

  • Heat up gas grill or start a charcoal grill.
  • Brush both sides of the onion and pineapple slices with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Form your hamburger patties and brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Place the burger patties on the grill and cook until halfway cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Flip the burgers over and cook on the other side until just about cooked through, about 5 additional minutes. Brush the burgers with teriyaki sauce, flip back over the to other side and brush with the teriyaki sauce.
  • Place cheese slices on top of the burgers and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from grill, cover with foil and set aside.
  • Place the onion and pineapple rings on the grill and cook until charred.
  • Flip them over and char the second side. Brush burger buns with olive oil and place on the grill until golden brown.
  • Assemble the burgers with shredded cabbage or lettuce, a cheese topped burger patty, pineapple and onion slices and additional teriyaki sauce on a hamburger bun.

Notes

  • My onion slices were about a 1/4-inch thick, but you can make them thicker if you prefer.
  • These canned pineapple slices are very thin. For thicker slices, slice your own fresh pineapple, or purchase thicker canned slices.
  • For an even easier meal, make the teriyaki sauce ahead of time or use a bottle of store-bought sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 628kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1584mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 6mg

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