Teriyaki Burgers

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Teriyaki Burgers are the perfect burgers for summer grilling.

teriyaki burger with bun on top sitting on a white plate

These Teriyaki Burgers are jazzed up burgers. They have a lot of flavor and they’re not your run-of-the-mill frozen disc that you throw on the grill with a hunk of cheese.  You have to like pineapple to enjoy this one. This is a simple burger recipe, and it turns out a tender burger with big taste.

four teriyaki burger patties on a cutting board with sliced pineapple on the side

Ingredients needed for Teriyaki Burgers:

  • ground beef
  • canned pineapple
  • soy sauce
  • green onions
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • pepper
  • teriyaki glaze

teriyaki burgers grilling on the barbecue

A very important tip!

Because acidic fruits like pineapple can break down meats, it’s important that you assemble these teriyaki burgers and then put them on the grill. Don’t put your burger patties together and let them sit in the refrigerator. They need to go on the grill right away or you will risk the beef becoming too tender and falling apart on the grill.

grilled teriyaki burgers with fixings surrounding on a cutting board

What kinds of condiments are good to serve on Teriyaki Burgers?

Since these burgers have quite a bit of flavor to them, you don’t need ketchup and mustard and all of the regular burger fixings. A drizzle of teriyaki glaze and a sliced of grilled pineapple is good. I like to add lettuce, tomato and red onion. It’s up to you!

looking down on a teriyaki burger with no bun on top and grilled pineapple with teriyaki glaze dripping over

How to make homemade Teriyaki Glaze:

Combine the following ingredients in a small saucepan; stir and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Then stir in a mixture of 3/4 teaspoon of cornstarch combined with 1 1/2 teaspoons water; heat and stir until thickened.

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

teriyaki burger with pineapple sitting on a white plate with the top of the bun slid off the top of the burger

Doesn’t that look like a “restaurant quality” burger? That’s what my family says. It’s a burger you’d be happily eating in a good burger joint- but you made it at home!

teriyaki burger sitting on a wooden board


Here are a few more recipes for burgers that you might like to try:

teriyaki burger with bun on top sitting on a white plate
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Teriyaki Burgers

An excellent grilled burger recipe with great flavor!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 496kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword burgers, teriyaki


  • pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 6 whole canned pineapple slices (or use fresh sliced pineapple), divided
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons prepared teriyaki glaze
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • desired fixings-- tomato, onion, lettuce (as desired)


  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, 2 pineapple slices (chopped finely), soy sauce, onions, ginger, garlic and pepper. Divide the beef mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
  • Preheat the grill. Place the burgers on the grill rack; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Grill the remaining 4 slices of pineapple too. Serve on toasted buns with a slice of pineapple. Drizzle one tablespoon of teriyaki glaze on top of each burger. Serve with desired condiments.


  • *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.
  • *Alternately, steak sauce in place of teriyaki glaze is good on these burgers.
  • *Be sure to grill 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 will make them mushy.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1532mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 5mg


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  • Nancy wrote:

    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.

  • Cara wrote:

    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.