Saturday, February 16, 2013

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Sesame Pineapple

A fun take on a turkey burger I found on Pinterest. I made up the patties and then froze them. I keep some pineapple rings in the pantry and we usually have buns on hand. So I can pull a couple out and have a quick dinner when needed.
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp sesame oil, divided
2 Tbsp Montreal steak seasoning
2 lbs ground turkey
8 pineapple rings
teriyaki basting and glazing sauce
Whole grain hamburger buns
Lettuce leaves

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add bell pepper and onion and season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until onions become translucent. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Remove skillet from heat and add the teriyaki sauce, ginger root, and 1 tsp of the sesame oil. Stir to combine.

In a large bowl, crumble ground turkey. Season with Montreal steak seasoning. Add in the sauteed vegetables and combine thoroughly but do not over mix to avoid tough burgers. Divide meat into eight patties ad either grill on greased grill or pan fry in a little olive oil. Brush burgers with the basting and glazing sauce during the last minute of grilling.

Meanwhile, brush the pineapple rings with remaining sesame oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill for a few minutes on each side until nicely caramelized and grill marks appear.

Assemble with the lettuce on bottom topped with the turkey burger, teriyaki sauce if desired, and then the pineapple ring.


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