4 July, 2018
Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers with Wasabi Mayo
Here’s something that’s a little more involved than the usual burger, here on Apartment Eats. The Fiancé and I had a couple of friends over, and we decided we wanted some Asian-inspired grill food, so we put our heads together, got a bit creative, and this was the end result. The burgers turned out to be some of the most flavorful burgers we’d ever taken off that grill, with a unique blend of sweet, savory, spicy, and umami flavors. If you have a large grill, this recipe is a bit easier, but a little bit of patience can be substituted for a large grill without any issues.
As the summer goes on, I’m excited to bring you more of these culinary adventures. We have a few other recipes we’ve cobbled together, but some of them need a few more revisions before they’re ready to share. We’re working on perfecting a recipe for ramen that’ll knock your socks off (and we’re soooooo close to getting it right!), I’m trying to figure out how to best make potato chips (a good start will be understanding that sometimes the grocery store mixes up their yams and their sweet potatoes and to trust my instincts over their signs — yams are very wet and don’t turn into chips very well), we’re still trying to work out how to best transfer a pizza from a board to a stone (we made a good pizza, but it wasn’t terribly pretty), and depending on what wedding gifts we receive off the registry, there might be some grill-top smoked goods in the future!
Finally, if you’re not the grillmaster this year, you can always liven up the party with some homemade ice cream, summery cupcakes, crowd-pleasing oatmeal cookies, or, for the vegan bunch, a tasty lemon meringue pie! Maybe desserts aren’t your thing either. In that case, bring the fries. Every good cookout needs some potatoes.
2 lbs Lean ground beef
1/2 Red onion, minced
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup Pineapple juice
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
1 tsp Garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp Wasabi
1 tbsp Soy sauce
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tomato, sliced
1/2 Red onion, sliced
Pineapple sliced, grilled and glazed with teriyaki sauce
Buns — Not really garnish, but definitely important
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the burger and mix until well combined. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to 400 degrees F. Once the grill is heated, cook the burgers for about 8 minutes on each side or until done to your liking. While the burgers are cooking, combine the ingredients for the wasabi mayo and set it out with the rest of the garnish so you can spread it on the top bun later.
As soon as the burgers come off the grill, toss the pineapple slices on and cook for about a minute on each side, or just until grill lines appear, brushing with teriyaki after you flip it. Add the pineapple on top of your burger, spread the mayo on the top half of the bun, and add whatever other toppings you like. Sip with sake (or forget that it’s in the fridge, like we did), and enjoy!