Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are moist and really delicious.  I'm often not a huge fan of turkey burgers because they can turn out dry and flavorless, but after devouring the insanely good Greenbird at Umami Burger, I knew it could be done.  This one is a totally different style, but I'm definitely a fan.  The most important tip is to use the regular ground turkey rather than turkey breast.  The turkey is mixed with onion, steak sauce, cilantro, and Worcestershire sauce for lots of flavor.  Shape thin patties so that they'll cook through before the outside burns and so that they'll fill up your buns...I chose squishy potato buns, which were an awesome match for the burgers.  After the burgers are cooked, they're topped with a thick ring of fresh pineapple - juicy, tart, sweet, and the perfect partner for the burgers!

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers (adapted from Confections of  Foodie Bride, original recipe here)
Serves 2

3/4 pound ground turkey
1-1/2 T steak sauce, plus more to finish
3 T minced onion
2 T minced cilantro
A good dash of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
2 burger buns, split and toasted
2 thick pineapple rings, preferably cut from a fresh pineapple

1. Mix together the turkey, steak sauce, onion, cilantro, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of salt and pepper.  Form into two patties (go for thinner rather than thicker to ensure the inside gets cooked before the outside burns).
2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.  Pour in a bit of oil and swirl around the skillet.  Add the turkey burgers and cook until well browned on the outside and cooked through.
3. Put the burgers on the toasted buns, top with pineapple rings, and then drizzle on a little more steak sauce.  Enjoy right away.


  1. I'll have to make these for my Hawaii-resident sister!

  2. I LOVE turkey burgers, and your recipe looks super good, I am bookmarking it now!

  3. Believe it or not, I love the turkey burgers at TGI Friday's - with sweet potato fries, so good!

    Not sure I could get my hubs to eat these, maybe I'll make them for me and my SIL!

  4. I agree with the comment, above. (Not sure Chatmando would eat these.) But, I would love to try this recipe. The pineapple is such a good idea to add flavor!