I am a huge fan of the banzai burger at Red Robin! If you’ve never tried it or heard of it, it is a giant, juicy burger, marinated in teriyaki sauce and served with grilled pineapples, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and mayo! Its absolutely delicious!
I knew I’d have to recreate this somehow, and because I try to eat healthy, I would need to take it down a notch!
I decided to switch the burger from beef to ground turkey, skip the cheese, and serve it on a whole wheat bun with grilled pineapple and baby arugula. I also thoroughly seasoned the ground turkey to compliment the sweetness of the grilled pineapple. Paired with a baked sweet potato, you’ve got yourself a nice healthy meal!
Sweet Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
recipe Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
makes 4 burgers
1 1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 of a small onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
4 large fresh pineapple slices or 8 slices from the can
1 tablespoon honey
3 cups fresh baby arugula
4 whole wheat buns
In a large bowl, mix ground turkey with seasonings, brown sugar, garlic, and teriyaki sauce. Grate the onion right into the bowl to collect all it’s juices. Add the basil, mix well, and form into 4 large patties.
Throw them on your preheated grill and cook until there is no pink left, about 15 to 20 minutes.
While your burgers are cooking, grill you pineapple slices on the grill or on a grill pan. Just make sure to spray it with non-stick spray and to only flip them once so you get those perfect grill marks. I cooked mine for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Remove the pineapples and let them rest on a plate. Immediately drizzle them with honey and toast up your burger buns on the grill.
Assemble burgers on toasted whole wheat buns and top with pineapple slice or slices, and baby arugula. Enjoy!