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Tropical Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

This recipe created to incorporate some of the freshest ingredients found in the produce section of my local grocery store. It is both healthy and full of flavor. In the summer we grill out countless times and we like light, fresh, sweet and refreshing foods. In an effort to lighten up some of our meals, ground turkey breast is a new addition to our meals and to many people’s meals. I was also looking for a way to incorporate some more fruits and vegetables into our meals. Another thing that we had noticed is that sometimes ground turkey meat can be a bit plain and dry, and it can be a challenge to know what to do with such a versatile product. So I have created a burger that is defiantly not tasteless or dry, but it is sweet and tender. The sweet fresh grilled pineapple is a great compliment to the salty teriyaki sauce, and the apple and cheese add tons of flavors and moisture to the turkey. Please enjoy one of my family and friends new favorite burger.


Teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon minced garlic, (1 tablespoon for sauce and 2 tablespoons for burgers)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 cup scallion, chopped (¼ cup for teriyaki sauce and ¾ cup for burgers)
2 lbs ground turkey breast
3 slices fresh white bread slices, cut into cubes
1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 lb Gruyere cheese, shredded
Cooking spray 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into rounds 1/2 cup lemon infused olive oil
Ciabattta Rolls
1 bag baby Asian mixed greens


Prepare grill with a medium fire for direct-heat cooking. In a small saucepan, combine the first 7 teriyaki ingredients, soy sauce, lemon juice, pineapple juice, honey, 1 tablespoon of garlic (set the rest aside for later use), ginger, and sesame seeds. Stir well to combine, and simmer on grill for 20 minutes, or until sauce reduces by a 1/3. Once sauce has thickened, add 1/4 cup of scallions (set the rest aside for later use). Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce for final plating, 1/3 of a cup for incorporation into the burgers, and set aside the rest for glazing the burgers while cooking. In a medium bowl combine ground turkey breast, 2 tablespoons of garlic reserved from above, white bread crumbs soaked with the 1/3 cup of teriyaki sauce reserved from the sauce preparation, apple, Gruyere cheese and the 3/4 cups scallions reserved from above. Gently mix together and form into 6 patties. Spray grill with cooking spray and place burgers and sliced fresh pineapple on grill. Cook burgers until brown and juices run clear when meat is pierced in the center, about 7-8 minutes on each side for the burgers. While the burgers are cooking brush them with the teriyaki sauce (3-4 times/side). Grill the pineapple for about 4 minutes per side, once they are cooked place on warming rack above burgers. Once the burgers have completed cooking, remove from gill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before plating. While the burgers are resting brush the buns with the oil olive and place cut side down to toast to a nice golden brown. Burger assembly: Place 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of the Asian baby greens on the bottom of the bun, drizzle lightly with some of the reserved teriyaki sauce, and baste the burger one last time with the teriyaki sauce, then place the burger on the lettuce. Top the burger with the grilled pineapple and the top bun. Enjoy!


This recipe is one of my family and friends new favorites. It utilizes a few ingredients that many people have in their gardens, already on hand and easily available in the grocery stores. Ground turkey is a product that is new to many of people, me included, and I wanted to find a way to add great flavor to a great product. I really wanted to create a recipe that was both healthy and full of flavor. I am new to food competitions and I really am looking forward to the opportunity to share more of my special recipes with others. I truly hope you enjoy this recipe! Thank you.