If you plan on grilling up some burgers this weekend, here’s a quick, easy teriyaki turkey burger recipe that is delicious and healthier than your typical beef burger.
Grilling season means BURGERS!
We don’t make a lot of beef burgers at our house. For decades we’ve mainly made burgers with ground turkey. There’s a myth out there that turkey burgers aren’t as moist or juicy as beef burgers. Not true! We’ve never found that to be the case.
The key to making turkey burgers moist and juicy
The secret to making moist and juicy turkey burgers is, literally, in the sauce. We incorporate teriyaki sauce (or teriyaki marinade) into our turkey burgers before grilling them. Our favorite marinade is Yoshida’s Teriyaki sauce. It’s the best teriyaki marinade we have found to date.
Tips for making teriyaki turkey burgers
- Use ground turkey that is 70-90% lean. You want some fat content so you don’t get a totally dry burger.
- Be sure not to SOAK the burgers in the teriyaki marinade.
- We’ve found that cheddar cheese slices taste the best with these turkey burgers, but you could also use American cheese, Swiss cheese, or Pepper Jack for a little kick.
Adjustments and substitutions
Like most burger recipes, this one is easy to adjust to your personal taste. Here are some ideas to get you starteed:
- Love pineapple? Add more!
- You could also add thinly sliced red cabbage to the slaw for added color and crunch.
- Add thinly sliced red onion to the slaw for some tangy flavor.
- Don’t love ginger? Put less, but don’t leave it out completely.
- You could also easily substitute ground beef or ground chicken for the ground turkey in this recipe.
More summer grilling recipes
- Grilled Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
- Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers
- Summer Wine and Food Pairings
- Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Herbs
- Peach Bourbon Grilled Chicken
- Avocado Corn Salad
*For Teriyaki Turkey Burgers:*
- 1 pound lean ground turkey meat
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce/marinade
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper
- sliced cheese
- slices pineapple (1 for each burger) cut to about 1/2 inch thich and cored
*For Pineapple Asian Slaw:*
- 1/2 small head of cabbage finely sliced
- 2 large carrots shredded or finely sliced (julienned)
- 1/2 cup chopped pineapple chop them into itty bitty cubes
- 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon stone ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Salt and pepper
To Make the Teriyaki Turkey Burgers:
- In a large bowl, mix the ingredients from the ground turkey meat to the breadcrumbs, until well blended. Be sure to break up the minced garlic and ginger so that you and your guests don't get big chunks of garlic or ginger in one bite.
- Form into burger patties. Add salt and pepper. We usually get 6-8 burgers out of 1 pound of ground turkey meat. Place the burgers in the refrigerator while you prep the grill.
- Fire up your grill. The best burgers are cooked on high heat.
- Grill these beautiful burgers on one side for about 5 minutes. Flip them over, add a slice of cheese, and grill for another 3-4 minutes. Do not get too crazy and flip these over more than once.
- Place the pineapple slices on the grill and grill for the remaining 3-4 minutes that your burger is cooking. Flip each slice over once, halfway through.
- Remove burgers and pineapple from the grill and allow burgers to rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Top with a slice of grilled pineapple, then a serving of the Pineapple Asian Slaw (recipe below)
To make the Pineapple Slaw:
- Mix the mayo, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, and ground ginger in a large bowl until well blended.
- Add the cabbage, carrots and pineapple to the bowl and mix well, until cabbage, carrots, and pineapple are well coated.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.