I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to let go of summer yet. I know some people are tired of the heat and are looking forward to fall’s chill. But I just love summer! My favorite part of summer is the evenings. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in the South those summer evenings just can’t be beat. Once the sun starts to go down, the temperature outside is actually comfortable, the fireflies start flickering, and it’s the best time to be outside all year long.
So even though school has started back, I’m still enjoying the heat and the perfect evenings, and the GRILLING! These Hawaiian turkey burgers are definitely summery. Anything with pineapple seems to scream summer, doesn’t it? My first experience with turkey burgers was when I made the Feta Basil Turkey Burgers. I was SO impressed with them, that I thought I’d try a new recipe for turkey burgers!
You should know, these hawaiian turkey burgers do not taste like regular beef burgers. Please be aware of that up front. They are delicious but entirely different, so don’t expect them to be an exact substitute! In fact, these have a very different taste that I was rather surprised by upon first bite. The allspice definitely permeates the meat and you can really taste it as well as the cinnamon. My favorite part was definitely the honeyed pineapple though! Even though the ingredient list is long, it’s still as simple as mixing it all together and then forming patties, so don’t let it intimidate you.
- 1 1/2 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 of a small onion, diced
- 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 pineapple slices (fresh or from the can)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Optional: extra basil leaves for topping
- 4 whole wheat buns
- In a large bowl, mix ground turkey with next 9 ingredients (onion through pepper). 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. I cooked mine for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Remove the pineapples and immediately drizzle them with honey.
- Assemble burgers on toasted whole wheat buns and top with pineapple and optional basil leaves.
Source: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry