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Grilled Teriyaki Burgers

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Juicy, flavor packed Hawaiian style grilled teriyaki burgers are perfect for outdoor cooking. All you need is less than 30 minutes and you’ve got yourself a delicious portable lunch or dinner.

teriyaki burger

Time to bring out the grill. There’s just something about being outside and cooking over an open fire. That smoky flavor complements so many yummy dishes.

What better grilling recipe is there than burgers? Hawaiian style teriyaki burgers to be exact.

Juicy ground beef seasoned and hand formed into patties tossed on the grill and glazed with homemade teriyaki sauce. All you need is a few simple ingredients and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal.

teriyaki burger

What is teriyaki?

Teriyaki is a traditional Japanese cooking method where meat, seafood, or veggies are grilled with a sweet and savory sauce. Today the term teriyaki is also used to describe the sauce itself.

While teriyaki is a traditional Japanese dish, it has become ever so popular here in Hawai’i and has become a mainstay in local cuisine. Dishes like teriyaki chicken kabobs, air fryer teriyaki meatballs, and teriyaki chicken stir fry to name a few.

First let’s talk ingredients. You’ll need:

  • Teriyaki sauce. I love to use homemade teriyaki sauce, but you can always use the store bought ones. I tend to find the store bought ones are often more on the thin side
  • Ground beef. I like to use 80% lean and 20% fat. You can definitely use a leaner mix if you’d like.
  • Onion. Sweet Maui onions give a milder onion flavor.
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Nonstick cooking spray of choice
teriyaki burger ingredients
teriyaki burger ingredients

How to season teriyaki burgers?

The first step of seasoning a teriyaki burger is adding the seasoning to the ground beef itself. Gently mix the beef with the seasoning. Over mixing the beef with cause the meat to be tough. I also like to add a little of the teriyaki sauce itself in the meat. The final seasoning will be done while grilling. Basting with the teriyaki sauce will give it a shiny glaze and layer on the flavors.

What goes on grilled teriyaki burgers?

  • Grilled pineapple
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • You can also add ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise if you’d like.
teriyaki burger mix in a bowl

What to serve with a hamburger?

Burgers and fries are just meant to be. Air fryer sweet potato fries are a great pair.

Want to cut back the carbs? Nix the bun and serve sandwiched between lettuce.

What temperature should hamburgers be cooked to?

The FDA recommends the safe internal temperature of ground beef to be at 160F. However, there are varying temperatures that hamburgers are served. For rare 125F, medium rare 135F, medium 145F, medium well 150F, and well 160F.

teriyaki burger patties

How to store teriyaki burgers?

Burgers are best eaten fresh. If you happen to have leftovers it is best to store the hamburger and buns separately. Leaving the burger in the bun will cause the bun to get soggy. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. This will keep for 3-4 days.

How to reheat?

The easiest way to reheat would be to use a microwave. You can also heat the burgers up on the stove top or in the oven.

Other great grilling recipes

teriyaki burger grilled pineapple

How to make teriyaki burgers?

For the teriyaki sauce

  1. Set a pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add shoyu, mirin, sake, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined. 
  3. Heat until sugar dissolves. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the mixture to add to the ground beef mixture. Continue cooking until the sauce  just begins to thicken, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. To a small bowl mix cornstarch and water until well combined.
  5. Pour cornstarch slurry into the teriyaki mixture to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the burger

  1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat, about 350F.
  2. To a bowl add ground beef, onion, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix until well incorporated. Form beef into 6 burgers.
  3. Spray grill racks with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  4. Grill burgers for 5-7 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145F for medium, flipping halfway through.
  5. While the burgers are grilling you can toast the hamburger buns for 2-3 minutes. Also grill the pineapple rings and onions for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through, if you wish.
  6. Remove the burgers from the grill, assemble, and ENJOY!
teriyaki burger

Teriyaki Burger

Yield: 6 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Juicy, flavor packed Hawaiian style grilled teriyaki burgers are perfect for outdoor cooking. All you need is less than 30 minutes and you’ve got yourself a delicious portable lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1 cup shoyu
  • 2/3 cup sake
  • 2/3 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the burger

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. For the teriyaki sauce: Set a pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add shoyu, mirin, sake, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined. 
  3. Heat until sugar dissolves. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the mixture to add to the ground beef mixture. Continue cooking until the sauce  just begins to thicken, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. To a small bowl mix cornstarch and water until well combined.
  5. Pour cornstarch slurry into the teriyaki mixture to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. For the burger: Preheat the grill to medium high heat, about 350F.
  8. To a bowl add ground beef, onion, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix until well incorporated. Form beef into 6 burgers.
  9. Spray grill racks with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  10. Grill burgers for 5-7 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145F for medium, flipping halfway through.
  11. While the burgers are grilling you can toast the hamburger buns for 2-3 minutes. Also grill the pineapple rings and onions for 3-4 minutes, flipping halfway through, if you wish.
  12. Remove the burgers from the grill, assemble, and ENJOY!

Notes

*Garnishes: pineapple rings, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onion

*Doneness temeratures: Rare 125F, medium rare 135F, medium 145F, medium well 150F, well 160F.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 648Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on July 11th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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