Teriyaki Burgers

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Grilled Teriyaki Burgers with Pineapple. It’s also gluten-free adaptable– please see tips below the recipe…

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 8 min

Teriyaki Burgers

These turn out perfect... such a simple recipe, yet they're super moist and delicious.


1 1/4 pounds ground beef (no less than 15% fat- you want to keep them moist)
1 (28-ounce) can of pineapple slices (or slice it up fresh), drained well & divided
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced


1. In a large bowl, combine beef, 2 pineapple slices (chopped finely), soy sauce, onions, ginger, pepper and garlic. Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

2. Preheat grill. Place burgers on grill rack; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve on toasted buns with another slice of pineapple tucked inside. Serve with desired condiments.


*If preparing this recipe as gluten free, be sure to use a brand of soy sauce that is designated as GF (and gluten free buns, of course).
*If you use fresh pineapple, make sure that you take the time to drain the pineapple very well. Fresh is much juicier than canned, and you don't want to end up with a mushy mixture for your burgers.
*On my burger, I enjoyed just a splash of steak sauce. The pineapple provides so much flavor (especially if you use fresh) that you'll find you don't need much, if anything, to add to it.
*Be sure to make these burgers as soon as they're shaped and ready to go-- placing them in the refrigerator and letting them sit will allow the pineapple to break down the beef and might make them mushy.

Source: RecipeGirl.com


  1. postedAug 7, 2012 3:02 AM

    These were the WORST BURGERS EVER!!! The taste and the texture was horrible!! I followed the recipe exact including allowing time for the fresh pineapple to drain; immediately after mixing burger proceeded to grill them. They totally fell apart on the grill…the taste was just horrible!! Needless to say the entire batch went into the garbage!! What a waste of great ingredients!! Wouldn’t have fed them to the dog!!

  2. postedOct 17, 2010 10:04 PM
    Naomi Tilton

    Do not mix and let rest at all, the pineapple is a natural meat tenderizer and it will turn the ground beef to mush even after half an hour. I should have known better, but I jumped the gun and let the mixed burgers sit. Great flavors, terrible texture.

    • postedOct 18, 2010 7:45 AM

      @Naomi Tilton, Thanks for pointing this out- I added it to the tips above. I put my burgers on the grill as soon as I made the patties, so I did not experience this!

  3. postedJul 16, 2010 8:11 AM

    I love pineapple in anything…can’t wait to try these!!!

  4. postedJul 15, 2010 9:59 AM

    This reminds me of a Hawaiian Turkey Burger recipe I got from Pampered Chef.They added pineapple juice, breadcrumbs, diced bell peppers and green onions to the meat. Then basted the burgers and pineapple slices with teriyaki sauce while grilling. They are so good. I will have to do a grill-off. Thanks for posting.

  5. postedJul 15, 2010 5:37 AM

    sounds tasty! I’ve done pineapple slices on top of burgers, but I bet they are really nice mixed in so you get some nice caramelization.

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