Teriyaki Burgers

Teriyaki burgers. Sweet onions. Spicy mayo. Hawaiian rolls. Pineapple.

Is your mouth watering yet?

This is my kind of burger: medium-rare, grass-fed (Food Inc. opened my eyes), eighty-five percent lean beef bathed in homemade teriyaki marinade.  The idea for the burger comes from the back of my favorite brand of hamburger buns, King’s Hawaiian. A local restaurant we like to go to, Jake’s, uses these buns and now they’re all I use too (yes, I’d prefer they’d do away with the HFCS and preservatives but for now I’ll give them a pass, they’re so good). They’re sweet and fluffy and provide the perfect backdrop for a highly flavorful burger.

Teriyaki Burgers on the grill

Gee, one of those burgers looks a little bigger than the others…

These King’s Hawaiian buns are pretty big – like restaurant-size big. So in the interest of giving you a (hopefully) mouthwatering photo, I had to go with a restaurant-size (a.k.a., half-pounder) burger to fill out the bun. Rest assured, it was eaten.

Teriyaki Burgers

Teriyaki Burgers
Adapted from the Grilled Teriyaki Burger recipe on the back of the King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Roll package

Serves 4


1 lb. ground beef (I prefer 85/15 or 80/20 for juicy burgers)
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (store-bought or make your own, like I did – see recipe on AllRecipes)
4 hamburger buns (the King’s Hawaiian ones are my favorites)
Spicy Mayo (see recipe below)
2 small tomatoes, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
4 leaves lettuce


Divide ground beef into 4 equal sections. Mix in about 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce into each section and form patties. Grill hamburgers to your desired doneness.

Toast hamburger buns on the grill.

To assemble each burger: Spread Spicy Mayo on each side of the bun. Place a burger on the bottom half and top with tomato slices, onions and lettuce.

Spicy Mayo

Mix together 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.

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  1. Amy wrote:

    King’s Hawaiian Sandwich rolls and the mini rolls are a staple in my house. I’m all over this recipe – will make tomorrow.

    Posted 6.30.10 Reply
  2. mmm… This looks fantastic! And yes, my mouth is watering now. 🙂

    Posted 7.1.10 Reply
  3. Sophia wrote:

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Juiciest Burger Contest – http://www.recipe4living.com/articles/the_juiciest_burger_recipe_contest.htm – It looks delicious!

    Posted 8.9.10 Reply