It must be the beginning of spring, the warmer days, and longer evenings, that are screaming out to me to BBQ! I can’t seem to get enough of it right now and honestly, I’m not sure how I even get dinner on the table when it’s not BBQ season. These Tropical Turkey Burgers are exactly what I needed to this week. Sunshine and burgers!!
Wanting a burger, I opted for a slightly healthier version and decided on a Tropical Turkey burger. Lighter in the sense that it’s not beef. Hmmm, ok, disregard the “lighter” word, I added bacon. But it was really good and the bacon added to the deliciousness!!
This was a lick your fingers kind of burger. Both my husband and I commented that “if we ordered this in a restaurant, we’d go back and order it again.” Seriously, you all need to try this!! Get the napkins ready, it was oozing in Teriyaki Glaze!
Here’s how the layers went, from bottom to top. Lightly buttered and toasted bun. A little mayo (I love mayo on a burger), grilled seasoned turkey patty, melted pepper jack cheese, crispy applewood smoked bacon, a fat ring of fresh pineapple, a ring of red onion (it’s hiding in the picture), a big spoonful of teriyaki glaze, a leaf of romaine, lightly buttered and toasted top bun. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!! I served a fresh caprese salad alongside to get a few more veggies into our dinner. We love caprese and enjoy it all the time. Sweet potato fries would have been a really good side, but considering I didn’t start cooking dinner until about 7:30, I decided to forego the fries and stick with just the caprese.
- 1 pound ground turkey (I use ¼-1/3 meat per patty, so adjust amount as needed)
- Hamburger buns
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce (I used Island Girl)
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 2 TBSP water
- Burger Toppings:
- fresh pineapple rings
- sliced cheese (I used pepper jack)
- thinly sliced red onion rings
- romaine or other leafy lettuce
- Gently mix together ground turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder (amounts will vary depending on how many burger patties you're making), with a small drizzle of olive oil. Do not over mix. Form into patties (3:1 or 4:1)
- Grill burgers on outdoor grill or use a grill pan indoors
- Add cheese at end of grilling
- Toast Buns
- To make glaze, mix together corn starch with water.
- Heat teriyaki sauce
- Add cornstarch mixture to thicken teriyaki sauce into a glaze
- Assemble burgers and enjoy!!
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