Anytime most people think asian food, right away it’s, ‘let’s order some Chinese!’ and then all other Asian variations takes a backseat. In our house, we’re huge fans and very lucky to have a delivery restaurant that serves all types of Asian – the hubs loves having his California rolls (Japanese) and I usually order sesame chicken (Chinese).
Since we’re such a huge fans of ordering said cuisine, I decided it was time to learn some asian food basics since ordering out is neither good for my waistline OR my budget. Instead, I have made some super easy grilled teriyaki burgers to help curb our asian food cravings.
Ever try using Dole sliced pineapples in a dinner dish? Nope, me either – until I tried this one! It’s really not something I would have thought of myself, because quite frankly – I think of dessert rather than dinner when I think of using sliced pineapples! I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with how mouthwatering these burgers turned out! #tropicalfruit
You know what’s even more awesome? Dole is offering a coupon so you can buy your pineapples a little cheaper than usual! I sound the coupon in my local Safeway flier while doing some groceries. It’s a perfect recipe for those little-to-no effort summer BBQ parties.
- 1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Slices
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce
- 2 lbs. ground turkey or chicken
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
- 8 whole grain hamburger buns
- 8 slices Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese
- Drain pineapple; reserve ½ cup juice. Reserve 2 pineapple slices for snack or other use.
- Stir together teriyaki sauce and reserved pineapple juice in small bowl.
- Mix together turkey, ginger, bread crumbs and ¼ cup teriyaki mixture. Shape into 8 patties.
- Grill patties, brushing with remaining teriyaki mixture, until brown and cooked through. Place pineapple slices on grill and cook until lightly golden brown.
- Serve burgers on buns with cheese and pineapple.
I did my very best to find some ground chicken, but unfortunately they didn’t carry it at the local Safeway. The butcher told me that they stopped carrying it around February…. Bummer!
Beef seemed like the better, tastier choice anyway since my hubs and I are not fans of ground turkey. Even though the recipe didn’t call for it, it still made for a great substitution.
Here’s my little trick to making 8 perfectly even sized patties out of a 2lb lump of meat.
- Make it into a big ball
- Cut it in quarters
- Then into eighths
- Flatten into patties
Since we’re only 3 – the other 5 patties got wrapped and frozen for another time. Again, super easy – throw it on the grill frozen and within 5-10 minutes have another dee-lish teriyaki burger!
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