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The Best Teriyaki Burgers Recipe
Bring Hawaii and a taste of paradise home with these teriyaki burgers that you can grill right in your own backyard. These are easily some of our favorite burgers topped with sautéed mushrooms, grilled pineapple, and the unbeatable homemade teriyaki sauce.
The sauce is delectably sweet and savory, and the fresh burst of pineapple flavor takes these burgers to the next level. All things considered, these burgers are pretty healthy for the whole family to enjoy for dinner on a warm summer night or for the whole gang together at a cookout.
Why This Recipe Stands Out
What’s not to love about these teriyaki burgers? If for some reason you do need a little convincing to enjoy grilled pineapple, sautéed mushrooms, and a fresh juicy burger, here’s why you’ll absolutely love them:
- This is the perfect weeknight recipe. These burgers come together quickly for the perfect weeknight meal that’s easy and delicious.
- Homemade teriyaki sauce is hands down better than storebought. There’s no comparison between homemade and store-bought teriyaki sauce. Homemade takes the gold, and we promise it’s worth the effort for how absolutely scrumptious it is.
- It’s cost-effective. Especially if you’re feeding lots of mouths, cost-effective recipes are key. These ingredients are all simple and reasonably priced.
- Customizable to fit your crowd. We love grilled pineapple and sauteed mushrooms, but if your crowd prefers to skip an ingredient or add extra goodness, this recipe can be adjusted to fit your needs.
- Ground beef – For a great burger, we recommend 80/20 ground beef.
- Mushrooms – Any variety of sliced mushrooms will do.
- Pineapple – We use drained, canned pineapple, but fresh pineapple works wonderfully too if you have it on hand.
- Havarti cheese – Havarti cheese has a mild flavor that’s similar to Monterey jack, but you can substitute it for your preferred cheese.
- Sesame buns – The perfect ends to hold this burger together.
- Romaine lettuce – Cut into burger-sized pieces.
- Butter – For sauteeing the mushrooms.
- Salt & pepper – You’ll need just a pinch of each to flavor the sauteéed mushrooms. Be sure to use kosher salt, as it makes a difference.
- Homemade teriyaki sauce – Our secret homemade teriyaki sauce that we’re going to let you in on below!
What to Serve with Teriyaki Burgers
Teriyaki burgers are the ultimate summer meal. If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to pair with these mouthwatering masterpieces, you’re in luck. Try pairing teriyaki burgers with one (or all!) of the following:
- Fries – The classic burger pairing. Check out these crispy Sweet Potato Fries or these easy Air Fryer French Fries.
- Salad – Nothing says summer like a salad. There are almost unlimited options from pasta salads like Hawaiian Macaroni Salad to veggie salads like this Best Broccoli Apple Salad to fruit salads like Watermelon Salad.
- Dips – Black Bean Dip, Edamame Hummus, White Bean Garlic Dip, and so on. There are lots of dip choices that you can pair with the teriyaki flavor.
- Pasta – For a heartier meal, pair teriyaki burgers with a pasta recipe like Bruschetta (Tomato Basil) Pasta, The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese, or Creamy Avacado Pasta.
Commonly Asked Questions
Our Hawaiian-inspired teriyaki burgers are made with Havarti cheese, grilled pineapple, lettuce, and a sweet Hawaiian sauce. Some teriyaki burgers also include mushrooms, tomatoes, and other burger toppings.
Teriyaki sauce takes about 10 minutes to make, and grilling time will vary depending on how cooked your crew likes their burgers. This recipe should pull together quickly in about 30 minutes.
The teriyaki sauce can absolutely be made ahead of time. We use the homemade teriyaki sauce for this teriyaki chicken and much more. It normally lasts up to two weeks in the fridge. You can also make burgers ahead of time, but we prefer them fresh off the grill.
The classic teriyaki burger originated from a Japanese burger chain named Mos Burger. Since then, many different restaurants have adopted the recipe as a fan favorite.
More to Make and Eat
- Fried Egg Burger – If you’ve never had an egg on your burger, it’s time to change that with this fried egg burger recipe.
- BLT Burger Recipe – Craving a juicy burger and the classic BLT sandwich? this recipe is the best of both worlds and irresistible.
- Mexican Cheeseburgers – Here’s a great choice to mix up your summer burger recipe by adding fresh guacamole and salsa to your burger.
- Burgers with Blue Cheese – Anyone who loves blue cheese will adore these burgers. Cooked to perfection and smothered in your favorite blue cheese tangy flavor, these are worth your time!
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Teriyaki Burgers Recipe
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
For the burgers
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 can sliced pineapple, drained
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 4 slices havarti cheese, sliced
- 4 whole sesame buns
- romaine lettuce
- kosher salt & black pepper, to taste
Make Teriyaki Sauce
- Whisk together all ingredients for teriyaki sauce in small saucepan, mixing it well. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously, until it just starts to reach a boil. Taste and add a bit more sugar if you want it sweeter. Remove from heat, stir again, and set aside until ready to use.
- Saute mushrooms in 2 tbsp butter, adding a pinch of salt and pepper while cooking. Cook until just until soft; don't overcook Remove from heat and set aside.
- Grease and preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. Shape ground beef into thick patties. Grill beef patties to medium done, or to your liking.
- Grill pineapples until grill marks appear.
- Assemble your teriyaki burger, and generously pour on the teriyaki sauce – it is what makes this burger!
- Every brand of teriyaki sauce will have a slightly different flavor, but like Kikkoman teriyaki sauce.
- It’s important that cornstarch is always fully dissolved, with no white streaks left, prior to using. If it’s not completely dissolved, there may be lumps in the sauce.
- Homemade teriyaki sauce can be stored for a long time, up to 2 weeks, in airtight container in fridge,. Once made, it can be used for teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, teriyaki salmon, etc.
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