Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sweet Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

I am a huge fan of the banzai burger at Red Robin! If you've never tried it or heard of it, it is a giant, juicy burger, marinated in teriyaki sauce and served with grilled pineapples, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayo! Its absolutely delicious! 

I knew I'd have to recreate this somehow, and because I try to eat healthy, I would need to take it down a notch!

I decided to switch the burger from beef to ground turkey, skip the cheese, and serve it on a whole wheat bun with grilled pineapple and baby arugula. I also thoroughly seasoned the ground turkey to compliment the sweetness of the grilled pineapple. Paired with a baked sweet potato, you've got yourself a nice healthy meal!

Sweet Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
recipe Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
makes 4 burgers
1 1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 of a small onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
4 large fresh pineapple slices or 8 slices from the can
1 tablespoon honey
3 cups fresh baby arugula
4 whole wheat buns

In a large bowl, mix ground turkey with seasonings, brown sugar, garlic, and teriyaki sauce. Grate the onion right into the bowl to collect all it's juices. Add the basil, mix well, and form into 4 large patties.

Throw them on your preheated grill and cook until there is no pink left, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

While your burgers are cooking, grill you pineapple slices on the grill or on a grill pan. Just make sure to spray it with non-stick spray and to only flip them once so you get those perfect grill marks. I cooked mine for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Remove the pineapples and let them rest on a plate. Immediately drizzle them with honey and toast up your burger buns on the grill.

Assemble burgers on toasted whole wheat buns and top with pineapple slice or slices, and baby arugula. Enjoy!

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Kitchen Belleicious said...

Love Love this idea! I have done turkey burgers but I haven;t gone sweet with them and we all know I love anything to do with sweetness! This is perfect for the summertime~! I can't wait to give it a try! YEAH

flourtrader said...

These look awesome-I do like the banzai burgers at Red Robin-but I know that they have a lot of fat in them. Thanks for sharing a healthier version!Buzz

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! I think your version sounds better than Red Robin's!

Pam said...

What a fantastic burger... I love grilled pineapple!

RavieNomNoms said...

Oh I just love this idea!! What a great way to spice up a turkey burger. I haven't had pineapple on a turkey burger but I have on a regular burger. I have no doubt I would love this!

Steph said...

I think this is so droolworthy!!! What an awesome burger!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This sounds wonderful Sabrina! We love turkey burgers, especially when we fix them up. Never tried pineapples, though, great idea!

Muriel Miller said...

I've honestly never had a turkey burger before but from the looks of this picture I will be trying one soon! Sabrina I love your blog girl! You've got so many amazing recipes that I am dying to try!

Sandy @ Everyday Southwest said...

Sadly, I will not be going to Hawaii this summer.
So, I will eat this burger and dream about it.
Thanks for the fun and tasty recipe.


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