I love burgers, but I can’t just let them be burgers. Sure I enjoy the juicy All American style burger, grilled, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard, but sometimes I want to take that flavor to another level, such as with the Teriyaki Burger I’ve made here.
In the past you learned about my spiced up take on the Jucy Lucy, which is still one of my favorite burgers, however I wanted something on the sweeter side instead of the spicy side. Who knows, maybe next time I’ll combine sweet and spicy. The gears are already turning on this idea!
This recipe is easy, I promise. Normally I don’t advocate for adding a lot of filler to a burger, but this one does add in some filler to help with patty formation so you don’t have a burger that falls apart. The filler is bread crumbs and eggs. I found with just the teriyaki sauce I couldn’t get the burger to hold together the way I needed it to, so I apologize for all of you who are saying “but it’s not a meatloaf!” Feel free to adjust the amounts of things to get it to the level you want, but for us this was perfect, and I’ll keep working with it. If I can get it to work without the filler I’ll update here. If you have ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments. I’m always looking to up my burger game.
Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapples
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 4 hamburger buns
- 4 pineapple rings
- 1/2 onion thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp butter
- Heat skillet, grill pan or grill to a medium heat.
- To make the burgers combine ground burger, egg, bread crumbs and teriyaki sauce. Work the ingredients together with your hands. In my opinion combining it with your hands is the best way to mix it up, though don't squeeze it or overwork the meat, it's a tough balance to fully mix the ingredients in without working the meat too much. I wish you luck on this.
- Form 4 patties. Make them just a bit bigger than your bun (they'll shrink with cooking) then press down a bit in the middle to help avoid a burger that bulges in the middle.
- Cook until burger is cooked through, approximately 6 minutes per side pending your heat.
- Grill up the pineapple slices on either a grill pan or outside grill to get those beautiful grill marks. This also boosts the flavor, but don't cook too long or they'll fall apart before you get them too the burger.
- Meanwhile saute the onions in butter until they are a beautiful caramelized color.
- Serve burger on bun, topped with grilled pineapple and sauteed onions.