We are true fans of the grilled burger. We’d never grill anything else if I had my way. But my P.S. (Performs Searing on a grill/ hubby) also likes grilled chicken, steaks, pork chops and the occasional hot dog or bratwurst.
We were having grilled burgers the other night and wanted to change up the flavors. My P.S. wanted to marinate the burgers in a teriyaki sauce. I suggested we grill some fresh pineapple and I’d mash an avocado for another garnish. These would be Burgers of Flavor!
My P.S. made the burger into 4 patties. It was slightly over a pound of 80% ground beef. We (he) prefers the 80% to keep the grilled burgers from being dry. As Michael Symon used to say on The Chew (RIP I miss that show!) if you grill more than an 80-85% beef you are asking for a dry burger.
He placed the burgers into a zippered storage bag and added about 1/4 cup of the Teriyaki sauce. It was a Market Pantry brand, from Target. Then he gently flipped the bag over a few times to get the sauce spread over the burgers. He left the burgers on the counter to marinate for 30 minutes. The TV chefs say to grill meat that’s room temp and so he does.
I mashed and then refrigerated the avocado spread.
Later after the burgers and pineapple were grilled we assembled our burgers on buns.
I spread a layer of avocado spread on the bottom of each bun.
Next came the burger. Finally it was topped by sliced pieces of grilled pineapple. Mmmm doesn’t that look so very colorful and good?
I loved the mix of flavors. The Teriyaki flavor came through, followed by the zingy sweetness of the grilled pineapple. Rounding it off and tying those two flavors together was the creaminess of the avocado spread. They were bites of deliciousness.
As the burger juices dripped down my chin I was happy that Up North we have at least 2 months of good weather for grilling. Because we can make burgers like these. When it’s not raining.
Grilled Teriyaki Burgers
Adding flavors to a grilled hamburger: teriyaki and pineapple with an avocado spread.
- 1# ground beef (80-85% is best)
- Teriyaki sauce (you could make teriyaki sauce or buy a bottle. I won’t judge)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- fresh pineapple cut into 3″ slices
- hamburger buns of choice
Make beef into 4 patties. Place in a zippered storage bag so that they are all laying flat. Pour in 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and turn bag until burgers are all coated. Marinate for 30 minutes.
Mash avocado with salt and lime juice and refrigerate until needed.
Grill burgers on both sides until browned and desired doneness. Grill pineapple until brown marks appear on each side.
Serve layered with avocado spread on the bottom bun followed by the burger and topped with slices of pineapple. Enjoy!