Teriyaki Burgers with Mango Pineapple Salsa

I have to admit, I’m proud of myself.  It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season of the year and normally I spend most of the summer just waiting for autumn to arrive.  This year though, I think I’ve done a great job of making the most of summer and enjoying it to the fullest (well, as much as one can without a beach vacation).  Meals involving lots of fresh produce and grilling have been the focus of our menus and for me, this burger is an ideal summer food.  I’ve never been keen on the idea of fruit-meat combos, but this one sounded too good not to try.

The burger patties are the same as those of my favorite basic hamburger, then topped with a homemade teriyaki sauce and garnished with a mango-pineapple salsa.  Really, I can’t say enough good things about this meal so I’ll just say that I think everyone needs to make them at least once before summer slips away.  I have a feeling I’ll be making them again in the depths of winter when I’m yearning for warmer weather.

Side note – Not sure how to cut a mango?  See my step-by-step instructions.

Teriyaki Burgers with Mango Pineapple Salsa
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For the salsa:
1 mango, diced
1-1½ cups diced fresh pineapple
½ of one red bell pepper, diced small
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
Juice of one lime
Pinch of coarse salt

For the sauce:  (I halved it and had plenty for 4 burgers)
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and minced fine
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. vinegar (apple cider or rice vinegar)
½ tsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cold water

For the burgers:
1 lb. ground sirloin
2 tbsp. finely chopped yellow onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  Toss to mix well.  Cover and refrigerate, allowing flavors to blend while you prepare the sauce and burgers.

To make the sauce, combine the pineapple, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, vinegar and sesame oil in a blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth and well blended.  Transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan.  Warm over medium-high heat until bubbly, about 1-2 minutes.  In a small prep bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and stir until well incorporated.  Continue heating the sauce, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

To make the burgers, prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.  In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each about ¾-inch thick.

When the grill is heated, cook the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 -5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer. No pink should show on the inside, and the internal temperature should register at least 160°F on an instant-read thermometer.  A few minutes before the burgers are done cooking, grill the buns just until lightly brown and toasted.

To serve, place a hamburger patty on each of the buns.  Top with teriyaki sauce and garnish with mango-pineapple salsa.  Replace the top bun to form a sandwich and serve immediately.

Source: adapted from White on Rice Couple

25 Responses

  1. Like you, I don’t love summer to pieces. I mean, I love the break from routine and the long days, but I really am not a fan of the heat. Spring and fall weather is SO much better. But like you, I’m trying to really enjoy the good things about summer this go-round, and I think I’m doing pretty well.

  2. This recipe screams summer! Based upon the last couple of posts, I take it you weren’t able to make it to Kiawah this summer? Thanks for sharing great recipes!

  3. Mmmmmm! that bun looks so delicious! I am definitely making this for dinner!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Spectacular combination. Gives me ideas!

  5. Yum! Now this is right up my alley, Annie. It looks heavenly and summery on that bun!

  6. Annie-

    These look delicious, even to a vegetarian. Maybe I could do a little black bean burger with it….I’m bookmarking it!

    Lovely photo, btw. The colors are awesome!


  7. Wow, I love the way those colors jump out of the photo…makes me want to reach in and take a bite!

  8. Yummy! This reminds me a lot of the Teriyaki Bacon Burger that TGIFridays had for a while…it was my fave! I’ll have to give this a try : )

  9. Looks ridiculously amazing!

  10. Great colors and flavors! I love fruit and meat combos – this one sounds delicious!! It looks fresh and summery, not too heavy.

    Its so nice to read that there are other non summer fans out there 🙂 sure the fresh produce is nice but the heat, oh how I could live with out it LOL!

  11. I really like such meals! beautiful colours!

  12. WOW! This look great. I will surely have to try it soon. I love mango because it seems so tropical to me. Eating it just makes it feel like vacation.

  13. Yum, those look really really good!

  14. These look so good and such a nice change from your everyday burger. I’ll have to make them soon!

  15. I know my husband would realy enjoy this burger. I have definately got to try it! By the way, I have been enjoying your blog for some time now. Thanks for the great recipe ideas! What an awesome blog you have! Great job!

  16. omg this is such a burst of color! awesome!

  17. oOo :droOol:

  18. I haven’t yet tried this recipe (it’s on the menu for this week!) BUT I had a question: I have powered Ginger root, how much of that would I use for it to be an inch of the root?

  19. You’re right these burgers look very delicious. I hate eating cooked fruit but I am willing to give this one a try. Thank you for the recipe I am really looking forward to more.

  20. Made these tonight – delicious! Now I’m wondering what to do with the extra teriyaki sauce. Any suggestions?

    • Erica, I’m wondering the same thing. I thought about tossing it with some noodles, but would love to hear other suggestions.

  21. Yuuummmy! (I’m singing it, in case you couldn’t tell by my comment.) Just had this for lunch…and I want another. 🙂

  22. We made these tonight and they were fabulous, even my 1.5 year old loved them. They’ll be on next week’s menu for family vacation, thank you!

  23. This was a recipe that I wasn’t sure my husband and I would like, but the picture looked too delicious not to give it a try. We gave it a go and they were absolutely delicious! Definitely a great summer meal and we can’t wait to add these to the menu again soon.

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