Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

These Hawaiian style burgers are made with ground turkey and basted in teriyaki sauce. Toasted buns are topped with burgers, more sauce, and sliced pineapple for a delicious flavor combination that’s super easy to throw together, too! These are a fun family favorite in the summer on the grill, and great for a skillet year round.

hawaiian turkey burger on a plate

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Turkey – This recipe calls for lean ground turkey. The leanest ground turkey you can buy is just turkey breast and has a tendency to be dry and flavorless. Look for turkey that is 93/7 (that’s 93% lean and 7% fat) or even 90/10. This means it has some dark meat mixed in which provides moisture, a touch of fat, and flavor to the final burger.
  • Bread Crumbs – Use plain, unseasoned bread crumbs. Panko crumbs would work as well.
  • Red or Green Bell Pepper
  • Green Onion
  • Fresh Ginger Root
  • Pineapple Slices – Use pineapple canned in juice. You will need both the fruit and the juice for this recipe.
  • Ginger – While you can always use dried ginger in a pinch, fresh ginger packs a flavorful punch, s use it if you can.
  • Teriyaki Sauce – You will need a nice, thick teriyaki sauce, not the kind that is thin like plain soy sauce. Look for this in the Asian foods aisle of the grocery store. I usually buy Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze. If you want to make your own, try this Teriyaki Sauce.
  • Mayonnaise – Mayo is optional, but definitely tasty on the finished burger!
  • Hamburger Buns

Instructions

  1. First, gently combine some ground turkey, bread crumbs, diced bell pepper, green onion, minced ginger, some pineapple juice, and salt. Form into large patties and chill until you’re ready to cook.
  2. If you can, pop these puppies on the grill until done (4-5 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F); otherwise, you could put these under the broiler in your oven, a grill pan on your stovetop, or just a frying pan. If desired, grill pineapple in last 5 minutes of cooking. Baste burgers with Teriyaki sauce during last two minutes of grilling. Spread buns with mayonnaise and a little more Teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!
hawaiian turkey burger on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these ahead of time?

You could definitely prep and measure all of your patty ingredients, or even combine them and form the patties, up to a day ahead of time. Store, tightly covered, in the fridge and use a thermometer when cooking to ensure the burgers reach 165°F.

Not everybody in my family likes teriyaki sauce. Can I use something else?

Sweet and sour sauce would probably be delicious here. If you’re serving those that don’t care for sauces, the burgers themselves are flavorful and delicious with just some mayo spread on the bun.

hawaiian turkey burger on a plate

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Sweet pineapple and teriyaki come together in these island-inspired Hawaiian Turkey Burgers. They are a fun way to mix things up on the grill!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings4 large burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plus more if you need it dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup red or green bell pepper minced (about 1/2 medium bell pepper)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1 small can pineapple slices; reserve juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Thick Teriyaki sauce like Kikkoman or this recipe
  • Mayonnaise optional, but very yummy!
  • 4 hamburger buns you can use this recipe if you’re feeling ambitious

Instructions

  • Gently combine turkey, bread crumbs, bell pepper, green onion, ginger, 1/4 cup reserved juice from pineapple, and salt. Form into 4 deliciously large patties. Chill until ready to cook.
  • Pop burgers on the grill until done (4-5 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165° F); otherwise, you could put these under the broiler in your oven, a grill pan on your stovetop, or just a frying pan. If desired, grill pineapple in last 5 minutes of cooking. Baste burgers with Teriyaki sauce during last two minutes of grilling. Spread buns with mayonnaise and a little more Teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store leftover burger patties in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3-4 days for best result.
  • Make sure to look for turkey that is 93% lean and 7% fat so your burgers stay moist and flavorful.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Burger, Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 1250mg, Potassium: 428mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 29IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 3mg
Keyword: burgers, grill, Hawaiian, teriyaki, turkey
Calories: 263kcal
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Questions & Reviews

  1. I made these tonight and they tasted great but fell apart when I flipped them. I’m a total burger newbie so I’m not sure what I should do differently. Add an egg? Use different breadcrumbs (I had and used panko-is that a no no?) Any advice for an aspiring hamburger maker?

    P.S. I got these from your fit meal plan, and I have to say we’ve been discovering so many new family favorites that have been previously overlooked. Thanks for having such a good selection of healthy yummy dinners for my family.

    1. I’m so glad you’ve been loving it! Someone else mentioned the burgers having trouble staying together so I think I need to make them again and see what’s up! I’ll update the recipe if it needs adjustments.

  2. I just made these for dinner and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks for a wonderful, healthy and delicious recipe.