posted June 16, 2022
Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger
This Hawaiian burger is a sweet, savory taste of the islands that is both flavorful and filling. Take a grilled burger and top it high with grilled pineapple, ham, and homemade teriyaki BBQ sauce, and you’ve got a juicy, delicious burger perfect for a summer BBQ!
If you’re anything like me, burgers are on the menu for dinner at least 1-2 times per week. They’re extremely easy to make, and they can be made in so many different ways. These Hawaiian burgers are perfect to add to the mix.
If you’ve been following our recent posts, you may have seen that we just posted an update on one of my favorite recipes for Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt. Not only does this pineapple taste amazing with a dollop of ice cream or as a side, but it was practically made to top a burger.
To round out this burger, I’ve also added a spoonful (or two!) of my Teriyaki BBQ Sauce. This sauce is tangy and sweet, a perfect way to balance the tart, grilled pineapple and richness of the beef.
What is on a Hawaiian Burger?
A Hawaiian burger is an amazingly sweet, tangy, and beefy hamburger with the most delicious toppings. Here’s what goes on a Hawaiian burger:
- Hawaiian rolls/buns
- Grilled Pineapple
- Deli sliced ham
- Havarti cheese
- Grilled beef burger
- Teriyaki BBQ Sauce
As far as toppings go, you can add whatever you like, but I recommend trying the following:
- Leaf lettuce
- Sliced red onion
- Candied Jalapenos (trust me on this!)
How to Make a Hawaiian Burger
These Hawaain burgers have a good amount of toppings, so it takes a little attention and time management to get all the elements prepped, cooked, and ready to go. Here’s the low-down on making your own Hawaiian burger at home.
- Prep the grill, sauce, and patties. Preheat your BBQ grill to medium-high heat. Make the Teriyaki BBQ Sauce and set it aside, and form the beef into 1/3 pound patties. Season the patties with Hey Grill Hey Signature Beef Rub or salt and pepper.
- Grill the burgers and pineapple. Grill your burgers for 5-7 minutes per side and place the pineapple on the grill after you flip your burgers. The pineapple needs to be grilled for 4-8 minutes per side.
- Add the cheese and BBQ sauce. Add the Harvarti cheese and Teriyaki BBQ Sauce to the patties when the burgers reach 155 degrees F (I recommend using a reliable meat thermometer to keep track of the meat temp).
- Grill the ham. When you are almost done cooking your meat and pineapple, grill the ham for 1-2 minutes.
- Assemble. Try it this way to keep everything together nicely: bottom bun, lettuce, cheesy burger patty, ham, grilled pineapple, sliced red onion, Candied Jalapenos (these are optional and add a tasty kick to the burger), extra BBQ sauce, and top bun.
Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce
This Hawaiian burger would be nothing without my homemade Teriyaki BBQ Sauce here. This sauce is sweet and tangy, and it combines delicious onion, garlic, ginger, crushed pineapple, teriyaki sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and more to create the more addictive and delicious Hawaiian teriyaki sauce you’ll ever try.
When making this sauce for these Hawaiian burgers, I recommend cooking it in advance. Unlike my other sauce recipes that only need to be simmered on the stovetop, this sauce requires some extra sauteing and blending. If you make this a day before you plan you make the burgers it’s one less thing to have to worry about.
More BBQ Burger Recipes
Burgers are my go-to grilled dinner choice. We likely make burgers 2 times per week at least. They’re delicious and affordable, and you can get creative with toppings, flavors, and sauces. Try out these other great burger recipes from Hey Grill Hey:
Hawaiian Burger Recipe
This Hawaiian teriyaki burger recipe was created for you, backyard griller! Here at Hey Grill Hey, we’re in the business of helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipes here on my website (browse the Homepage for inspiration) on Instagram, YouTube, or our Facebook Page.
This post was originally published in July 2019. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.
Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat for two-zone cooking.
- Follow instructions for making the Teriyaki BBQ Sauce and set aside.
- Form ground beef into 1/3 pound patties (I prefer 80/20 ground chuck or ground round beef), and season on all sides with Hey Grill Hey Signature Beef Rub or salt and pepper.
- Place your burgers on direct heat and grill for 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the burgers and your preferred doneness.
- Follow the instructions to make the Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt. Add the pineapple to the grill when you flip your burgers. Grill 4-8 minutes per side or until you have nice char marks from the grates and the pineapple is heated through.
- Add a slice of Havarti cheese and a dollop of Teriyaki BBQ Sauce to the patties when the internal temperature of the burgers reaches 155 degrees F.
- Add the ham to the grill and grill for 1-2 minutes.
- Once all your meat and pineapple are cooked to your desired doneness, assemble your burgers. (The FDA recommends cooking your burgers to 165 degrees F). Here's how I like to stack my burgers: Begin with bottom bun, then add lettuce, burger patty, ham, pineapple, red onion, candied jalapenos (optional), and an extra drizzle of Teriyaki BBQ Sauce, and finish with the top bun.
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