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Terrific Teriyaki Burgers Recipe

Terrific Teriyaki Burgers Recipe

Golden flecks of pineapple give these burgers a touch of sweetness, while the ginger root adds some spice. Ground chicken works well in this recipe, too. —Margaret Wilson, Hemet, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 6 slices unsweetened pineapple
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices tomato


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple, ginger, garlic and sesame oil; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the egg white, bread crumbs, onions, crushed pineapple and 3 tablespoons reserved ketchup mixture. Crumble beef and turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six burgers.
  • 3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear, brushing occasionally with remaining ketchup mixture.
  • 4. Grill or broil pineapple slices for 2-3 minutes on each side or until heated through. Serve burgers and pineapple on buns with lettuce and tomato. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 386 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 677mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

Reviews for Terrific Teriyaki Burgers

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JaniceBaer User ID: 1723673 162015
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"This was so good! I even pulled out the grill on a Minnesota February day to make these! Was so good in fact, I made them the next day inside on the stove top. Good either way! Only down side was that the meat paddies wanted to fall apart when flipping them over. The taste however, is delicious whether in paddy form or loose crumbles!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 157658
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"I didn't have any problem with these crumbling and we thought the flavor was delicious!"

jillibean222 User ID: 6770008 175107
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"I also had the same problem as others with consistency and the burgers fall apart on the grill, so I cooked the remaining burgers on the stovetop. Aside from them falling apart, the flavor was absolutely delicious! I will certainly try this recipe again and play around with the ingredients to perfect the consistency. I may also give BarbieHart's suggestion a try and freeze them first. Definitely worth a second try!"

shiny0torchic User ID: 6958458 92773
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"I found these burgers an absolute delite! Delicious. I used all ground turkey and can't wait to try with chicken. I used a griddle to cook these burgers, as I don't have a grill, and didn't have a problem flipping the burgers. As to Chess, your reviews were extremely unprofessional and I feel sorry that you'll be missing out on all of the other wonderful recipes Taste of Home has to offer."

BarbieHart User ID: 4387063 175098
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Anytime I use ground turkey I put them in the freezer before I cook them, sometime even partially freezing them. Then cook on grill and only turn over once, not "bothering" them so they won't fall apart. The more frozen they are the better. You won't have trouble anymore."

BrandiJak User ID: 5929572 175089
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"Made just as listed, they were delicious!"

DNLAMPING User ID: 5002706 172683
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"followed the receipe the first time I saw this and we enjoyed them. I now only use ground turkey or chicken and sometimes add fine chopped vegetables. Grandkids love them. They can be difficult to grill. I use a low or indirect heat, a well oiled grill, an oiled flipper and turn often. If you still have problems, try placing the patties on a cold, oiled metal cookie rack then on your grill. Less chance of patties falling thru."

chezd User ID: 6688489 175088
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"Sorry 10sChick you were right! That had to be the WORST burger I have EVER had in my LIFE!!! Absolutely the worst!!! I've been a succsess for over 40+ years...I wil never follow another recipe frome this site again,,, infact I am cancelining my subscription and marking the taste of home as SPAM!!!"

chezd User ID: 6688489 209916
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"It is obvious that 10schick may NOT know anything about cooking!"

JanisH. User ID: 5856072 209915
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"I haven't made this recipe, but for those of you who said the burgers didn't stay together, perhaps adding 1/4 cup of egg substitute would help them stay together without changing the taste."

mjtotch User ID: 6620401 172682
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"I thought this was delicious! There is alot of pineapple. I broiled mine. If you want to tone down the pineapple you could eliminate the slice on top and maybe add some of the sauce as a dressing. I liked the sweet touch of the fruit."

10sChick User ID: 4943196 174165
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This recipe is a joke. At least 50% of my burgers fell thru the grates and are on the bottom of the grill. What I salvaged looked like hash on the bun. If the flavor would have been better, I would have tried again maybe with alterations, but they were nothing special."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3913704 159358
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011 Edited Mar. 28, 2014

"These burgers are great! We used all ground turkey, cooked them on the stovetop, and spread some of the ketchup mixture on the buns. Served with beer-battered onion rings, YUM."

sunflwerchick User ID: 4096152 173909
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Very good just as recipe is, my kids loved it."

Karen K Loos User ID: 1922742 157654
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"This is a family favorite. We make the teriyaki burgers often."

Jennifer Kopczyk User ID: 1859028 178000
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I've made this as the recipe states and they were delicious. I also modified it using all turkey, a 93/7 lean combine with ground turkey breast. That doubles the amount of meat called for so I doubled the rest and made meatloaf out of it and it was fantastic. I make this about once a month!"

PucciBaby User ID: 3099441 209914
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"My favorite burger recipe now! I used all ground beef instead of the turkey, held together great!"

MikeSherrdon User ID: 4277390 175085
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"Thanks for the recipe. It's going to be amazing"

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 104978
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"These were wonderful!"

a.manda77 User ID: 3125307 105815
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"these are wonderful! a new family favorite"

hollydeann User ID: 2094293 173908
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2008

"THese fell apart completely when I tried to cook them. I followed the recipe exactly and I ended up with Teriyaki Manwiches."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 209913
Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"These were great. So tender and juicy. I would add a little more soy sauce to give it more of a kick. My 12 month old even liked them and she doesn't usually like ground beef. YUM!!"

bobbibridgers User ID: 2614835 159357
Reviewed May. 21, 2008

"These were good and juicy, but several of my burgers fell apart when we tried to create a sandwich of them. I guess the ground turkey just doesn't stay together as well as ground beef. Also, I think there may have been just a little too much pineapple in these - in the sauce, in the burger and then a big slice on top. A little overwhelming for some of my diners."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.