Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers With Grilled Sesame Pineapple

I scour food blogs like some people scour their kitchen sinks and copper pots. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes to either "borrow" (and always give credit to the original recipe author,) or recipes that simply inspire me to create a totally different recipe using similar ingredients. Jen at My Kitchen Addiction, posted a recipe for a teriyaki turkey burger topped with grilled pineapple that both took my breath away in its beauty but also in its simplicity. Jen and I started blogging about the same time and we've both found the time to follow each others blogs throughout the two years we've been doing this. Her photo inspired me, but I changed up the entire recipe to suit my own tastes. However, I encourage you to check out her rendition of teriyaki turkey burgers with grilled pineapple. The photos alone will make your head spin. This gal's got some serious kitchen and photography talent.

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers With Grilled Sesame Pineapple (Makes 8 burgers)

1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP teriyaki sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 TBSP sesame oil, divided
2 TBSP Montreal steak seasoning
2 lbs lean ground turkey (I used one pound 99% fat free ground turkey breast and one pound 93/7 ground turkey)
8 pineapple rings (fresh or canned)
Teriyaki basting and glazing sauce (I used Kikkoman)
Whole grain hamburger buns
Lettuce leaves

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and season with kosher salt; pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until onions become translucent. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Remove skillet from heat and add the teriyaki sauce, ginger root, and one teaspoon of the sesame oil. Stir to combine.

In a large bowl, crumble ground turkey. Season with Montreal steak seasoning. Add in the sauteed vegetables and combine thoroughly but do not over mix to avoid tough burgers. Divide meat into eight patties and either grill on greased grill or pan fry in a little olive oil. I pan fried mine for a little over five minutes per side. Brush burgers with the basting and glazing sauce during the last minute of grilling.

Meanwhile, brush pineapple rings with remaining sesame oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill (I used my indoor grill pan) for a few minutes on each side until nicely caramelized and grill marks appear.

To assemble:

Place lettuce leaf on bottom bun. Top with turkey burger and add more basting and glazing sauce if desired. Top with one grilled pineapple ring and the top bun. Serve immediately.


Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Looks yummy! I want to eat at your house! Looks like you made enough anyway... unless you and hubby had 4 a piece. ;)

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

~yum.yum,yum I will pop over and visit jenn~

Moogie said...

Holy cow!!! I love teriyaki burgers with pineapple. So I'm thinking this must be equally as good.

Linda said...

My family would love this burger! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Nanan said...

Looks great - think I'll check out the other version, too and then try out the recipe using PORK - since I think turkey is not worth the effort - but that is just silly me... it just makes me sleepy... pineapple and pork - yum!!!! Your photo is amazing! I started to drool!!!!!

Amanda said...

Wow bet they were great! I could NOT get my husband to eat a hamburger that has anything more that ground beef and maybe a few shakes of Worcestershire. He is no fun. :-P LOL

Natalie said...

I love new variations on turkey burgers! I used to get a chicken sandwich at this one restaurant with grilled pineapple and it was awesome. Can't wait to try these!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! I love your version of the recipe... Looks fantastic! And, PS... I think your photo is stunning, too! There's something lovely about pineapple with charred marks from the grill, isn't there?

SugarCooking said...

These look great. I'm always looking for new variations of turkey burgers. I'll give these a shot soon!

Sippity Sup said...

Now that's some kinda burger. Not to mention the photo of that burger... GREG

Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

Oh golly, that looks insanely delicious!!! What a great idea for a burger!

Maria said...

Love that big slice of pineapple on top!

Karen@Mignardise said...

I'm always on the lookout for new turkey burger recipes - this sounds like a winner! Yum.

PS - I scour food blogs constantly too. Found your on Tastespotting. Nice!

Kathryn said...

That burger looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Juiciest Burger Contest here!

Jack said...

I tried this recipe and it is amazing! The only change I made was to add some unseasoned breadcrumbs to the mix to give the patties more firmness before throwing them on the grill. I also used soaked mesquite chips to kick it up a notch. Thanks for this. 5 stars *****

Rachel Lance said...

Made this tonight for dinner! They were AMAZING! I wish I could share a picture! Thanks for posting this recipe!

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Rachel: I'm so happy that you enjoyed them. Thanks for letting me know!

Debbie Laudone said...

This is a wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing! I made these tonight for my husband and me. They are DELICIOUS and very JUICY! I loved the grilled pineapple on top. I thought that next time I could go without the bun and just wrap the burgers in the lettuce, since there is so much flavor.
I had Teriyaki sauce, but not Teriyaki BASTING sauce, so I mixed the Teriyaki Sauce with Hoison Sauce and basted the burgers with it while they were cooking. It worked out well.

Deborah said...

My 20-year old son found this recipe and asked me to make it for the family. It's delicious! We're not big fans of ground turkey but this was amazing - a 5-star recipe according to my husband. The flavors blended beautifully, and it was so soft and juicy. Thank you for sharing!

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