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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spicy Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

I am a pretty awesome burger maker, if I do say so myself. These burgers were by far the best I have EVER made. Rich and I refused to put them down after we took our first bite. Seriously, they are THAT good. I made a teriyaki glaze to use as a spread and the combined spicy, sweet and tangy flavors were out of this world!


1 pound ground turkey - makes 4 - 6 med/large burgers
1 can crushed pineapple, 2 TBSP in burgers and the rest for topping
Pepper jack cheese slices
whole wheat hamburger buns
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, minced

Combine the ground turkey, soy sauce, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, 2 TBSP crushed pineapple and garlic. Lightly mix with your hands and divide into 4 to 6 even patties. Form patties, making them slightly thinner in the middle. Refrigerate about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile make the Teriyaki Glaze:

1/4 c. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. red cooking wine
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

In a small saucepan combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, cornstarch, ginger root, and garlic. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Cook burgers on grill. Top with pepper jack cheese slices and crushed pineapple. Spread teriyaki glaze on hamburger buns. Serve warm with your favorite side dish.

recipe adapted from here

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