Hawaiian Turkey Burgers With Pineapple-Papaya Sauce

Quentin Bacon

A simple, four-ingredient sauce elevates this burger from pretty good to perfect. After eating this burger, you'll dream of luaus.

Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger and 1/4 cup sauce)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 429
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrate: 59g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 593mg
  • Calcium: 82mg


  • Pineapple-Papaya Sauce
  • 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)


  1. 1. For sauce, combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook, stirring over moderate heat until sauce boils; simmer 10 minutes.
  2. 2. Preheat grill.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Place burgers on rolls, and spoon on remaining Pineapple-Papaya Sauce. Top with pineapple slice (if desired), lettuce, tomato, and onion slices (if desired).
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