When it comes to burgers, The Hubster and I tend to be pretty simple.
We like a basic burger, seasoned with a little garlic, salt and pepper. Cook it up, throw it on a bun with some lettuce and pickles and we’re good to go. Some weeks, we get fancy and sauté some onions. Most weeks we can’t be bothered.
But every now and then, it’s fun to play around with the old standby.
And that’s exactly what we did this week with these Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.
I marinated them for about 15-20 minutes in a homemade teriyaki sauce (found over on White on Rice Couple). But you could always grab a bottle of store-bought to make it quick and easy.
They went on the grill for about 5-7 minutes per side. When they came out, they were super tender and juicy with a hint of teriyaki sweetness. Topped with a grilled pineapple, these were a mid-week treat that we plan to put back on the menu before the summer is over.
These would be super fun for a little BBQ, if you ever want to kick it up a notch and impress your friends.
Or not. You could just save the decadence for yourself. And your family. But mostly for yourself.
Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
- 1-2 lb ground beef depending on how many burgers you want to make
- 1 20 oz. can sliced pineapple, with juice reserved for another use
- 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tbs minced ginger
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 3 tbs brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp of rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1 tbs cold water
- 2 rings pineapple
- your favorite burger fixin's
Season ground beef with salt and pepper, and form into patties. Place in a baking dish and set aside.
In a blender, combine soy sauce, pineapple (minus a ring or two unless you use another can), ginger, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil.
Blend until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Pour over a mesh strainer into a small sauce pan to remove the pulp, making sure to press out all of the liquid. Place on stove and turn heat to medium-high.
While liquid is warming up, mix cornstarch and cold water until liquid is smooth.
When liquid starts to bubble, remove saucepan from heat and stir in cornstarch + water mixture. Stir until sauce thickens.
Allow to cool before pouring over the burgers.
Marinade burgers in teriyaki sauce for 15-20 minutes.
Grill to desired level of doneness—about 7-8 minutes per side for medium well.
Add pineapple rings to grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until you have charred grill lines on the top.
Dress your burgers up or down, it don't matter. They are delicious no matter how you eat them.