Sunny Hawaiian-Style Turkey Burgers

I think I’m rebelling against the horrid cold that has finally settled in because I’m constantly craving summer foods. Maybe pretending that it’s summer will make me believe I can actually feel my hands and feet after I have been outside with the dogs. Whatever the reason for my summer food cravings, I’m really enjoying reaping the benefits of cooking things that make me feel sunny inside. 

Tonight I put on all of my winter gear and went outside to grill these spirit-boosting Hawaiian burgers in 10 degree weather. That’s how intent I was on enjoying an imaginary summer dinner. I may have been shaking from the frigid cold from head to toe while I was outside, but when I came back in and we ate these beautiful, tropical-flavored burgers, I suddenly felt the sunshine on my shoulders. 


1 lb. ground turkey

1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and minced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 green onion, finely chopped

2 tsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 Tbsp. juice from pineapples

4 pineapple rings, canned

4 burger buns

4 slices Havarti cheese

⅓ c. mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. sriracha sauce

2 tsp. lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Olive oil spray, for grilling

Lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, microgreens or other favorite burger toppings for serving 

Preheat the grill to high. In the meantime, mix together the turkey, ginger, garlic, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, juice from the canned pineapples and salt and pepper in a large bowl with your hands. Make sure to mix thoroughly and then form the meat into 4 patties that are about 1 inch thick. 

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha and lemon juice. Mix together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spray the grill with olive oil and grill the pineapple rings for about 3-5 minutes, or slightly browned. Grill the burgers for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through entirely and are browned. Cover with cheese and let it melt on the grill.

To assemble the burgers, spread the sriracha mayo on the buns, place the burger on the bottom bun, top with grilled pineapple and any other favorite burger toppings.

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