In preparation for the 4th of July and many more summer cookouts, I want to share this awesome turkey burger recipe with you to add to your burger repertoire! Ryan and I enjoyed these outside on our porch last week and they were so good we have been talking about them ever since. This was a favorite menu option for a family of 6 that I cooked for in Dallas – it’s got lots of unexpected flavors, it’s kid-friendly, and is an all-around perfect way to jazz up a turkey burger.
I’m a big fan of turkey burgers because they are a nice, clean alternative to red meat and the flavor/topping options are endless. These burgers get a nice shot of teriyaki sauce into the patty and are glazed with sauce on the outside once the patty is cooked. A grilled pineapple ring is used as a sweet, tangy topping and perfectly compliments the teriyaki flavor. Next, we add creamy avocado mashed with prepared wasabi paste for a spicy flavor kick. (You can find this wasabi paste in the Asian section of most all grocery stores.) Serve it on a whole-grain bun with sweet potato fries and walk right into healthy burger heaven!
Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Wasabi Avocado Spread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 four-ounce burgers with 1 pineapple ring and 2 tablespoons wasabi avocado spread per burger
Turkey burgers get a makeover with a zesty Asian flare and feature a teriyaki glaze, grilled pineapple rings, and a spicy wasabi avocado spread. A Dietitian in the Kitchen client favorite!
- 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup prepared teriyaki sauce
- 1 teaspoon Simply Asia Spicy Szechwan Five Spice Seasoning (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 4 pineapple rings (I use Dole Canned Pineapple Rings in Juice)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste
- Green leaf lettuce
- Whole grain hamburger buns
- For the burgers:
- Preheat your grill, grill pan or skillet, and grease with oil.
- Add 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce, Asian seasoning, salt, and pepper to ground turkey. With a light hand, mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-handle the meat. Form into 4 patties that are about 1/2” thick.
- Cook the burgers for 4 minutes on one side, flip and cook additional 4 minutes or so until cooked through. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, brush the top sides of the patties with the additional teriyaki sauce.
- Remove the patties to a plate, cover with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. In the meantime, grill the pineapple rings for about 90 seconds on each side.
- Place the turkey patties on toasted buns, top with pineapple rings, lettuce, and 2 tablespoons wasabi avocado spread. Serve with sweet potato fries.
- For the wasabi avocado spread:
- Mash the ripe avocado with the wasabi paste using a fork until combined and creamy. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and a bit of lime juice if you have it until ready to serve.