A simple, four-ingredient sauce elevates this burger from pretty good to perfect. After eating this burger, you'll dream of luaus.
1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple
3 tablespoons fresh papaya, finely diced
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey breast
3 tablespoons unseasoned breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 thin slices fresh pineapple (optional)
4 whole-grain hamburger rolls, toasted
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
4 thinly sliced red onion (optional)
How to Make It
For sauce, combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook, stirring over moderate heat until sauce boils; simmer 10 minutes.
For burgers, mix ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, cayenne, sugar, and 1/3 cup sauce in a bowl until just combined. Form into 4 (1-inch) patties.
Brush burgers with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, turning once, about 6 minutes per side. Baste with sauce, and grill 2 minutes more; transfer to plate. If desired, grill pineapple slices 2 minutes per side; transfer to plate.
Place burgers on rolls, and spoon on remaining Pineapple-Papaya Sauce. Top with pineapple slice (if desired), lettuce, tomato, and onion slices (if desired).
Overall it was good, I don't know that I would fix it again. The sauce was really over whelming and I couldn't really taste the burger underneath. I didn't think I put that much on to begin with, but maybe even less will work better. I used ground chicken (that's what was on sale) and the burger tasted really good with a little of the sauce and some onions in there. The cooking time was off and I had to finish them in the oven.