Hawaiian Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple + BBQ Teriyaki Sauce

Hawaiian Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple BBQ Teriyaki Sauce

Say alooooooooha to your new best friends!
Oh burgers, burgers... I have a love/hate relationship with you. I think you're great in special times of need like when I'm on vacation or when I'm in a post-inebriated state (haha) where calories (or anything, depending on the severity) don't count. Or when I'm at In-n-Out, because we ALL KNOW THAT DOESN'T COUNT! Anyways, I had a day to ponder how I could lighten up this little marvel and I came up with this jam. The ground chicken is lean but the flavor and spices are delicious. Grilling the pineapple creates a sweet but charred flavor, and the sauce is tangy. Enjoy!

Hawaiian Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple + BBQ Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

chicken burger patties
  • 1 lb. ground chicken 
  • 1/2 cup panko (shake in a little more if your mix feels too sticky)
  • 2 tbs. ketchup
  • 2 tbs. premade BBQ sauce of your choice
  • 2 tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (add more if you're feeling spice-ay)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Lawry's (or other seasoning salt)
to serve
  • 1-2 tbs. cilantro, chopped
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 pineapple rings, 1/4-1/2" thick
  • 4 King's Hawaiian burger buns
bbq teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbs. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbs. ketchup
  • salt and pepper
The Steps
  1. Make burger patties: In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for chicken burgers (excluding buns) but don't overmix. If the chicken mix feels too sticky, you can add a little more panko. Divide your burger mix into four and taking one section, roll into a ball in the palm of your hands. Pat the mix down and form a round patty.

  2. Grill patties: Heat a grill pan over medium heat or prepare an outdoor grill. Be sure to coat the grill well with cooking spray (for indoor) or oil (outside). Once the grill is hot, place on patties. If grill/grill pan is small, work in batches. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes each side. On the last minute after you've flipped the burgers, top the patties with the pepper jack and let melt! Remove the cooked patties from the grill and set aside.

  3. Grill pineapple rings: While the grill is still hot, spray with another coat of cooking spray and lay the pineapple rings down. Cook  for about 3 minutes on each side, or until you have nice char marks.

  4. Make sauce: As the pineapple is cooking, mix up your sauce. Taste and add more teriyaki (for saltiness) or ketchup (for tangy sweetness).

  5. Grill burger buns: Remove your pineapple rings from the grill, and spray one last time with cooking spray. Add on your burger buns face down and let grill about 2 minutes, or until nice and crispy.

  6. Assemble burgers: Burger bun bottom, patty, pineapple ring, drizzle of sauce. Add your burger top and you're ready to go!
If you make this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, let me know what you think + be sure to tag any pictures with #TheSavvySpoon on Instagram!

xoxo
Cay

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