Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Burger bust!

 Since Norma's burgers were such a let down for me, I went in search of one of my favorite hamburger recipes.  I'll admit, I am a sucker for anything with ginger in it so when I stumbled across the Hawaiian turkey burger on Our Best Bites, I was hooked.  I love this website because you can tell that all these recipes have been through the gauntlet.  These ladies have tried them out on their families and I say, if they can do it, so can I.  I've made a few modifications to their recipe that suit my palate.
And yes, I did say they were turkey, so yes, that does imply that they are a little better for you, but don't go eating two or three of them.  You may want to, trust me, but just savor what you have and try to soak in some sun while enjoying these babies.

Aloha Burgers

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
1/2 c. red or green bell pepper, minced (about 1/2 medium bell pepper)
1/2 c. thinly sliced green onion
1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped ginger root
1 small can pineapple slices; reserve juice
1 sauce
 Teriyaki sauce 
Light mayo  (I like to make a Wasabi mayo by putting 1 tsp prepared wasabi in with a 1/2 cup of mayo.)
Whole wheat hamburger buns or extra lettuce to wrap it in.

This is easy...roll up your sleeves and mix together turkey, bread crumbs, bell pepper, green onion, ginger, soy sauce, and about a 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice.  I use less, but that's just me.  Make sure everything is good and incorporated and then shape your 4 beautiful patties.  Apologize now to your beauties cause it's time to slam 'em on the grill.  Baste burgers with the teriyaki sauce the last 2 mins of grilling and don't forget to grill your pineapple.  Trust me on this.  It makes ALL the difference.  Is anyone else salivating?
Oh my gosh, do those not look like a steamy lil' piece of heaven...wait, I'm sure heaven isn't real steamy.  Regardless, get your buns together and pile on the toppings of your choosing.  Red onions go great with these flavors!  I personally am not a big hamburger bun fan (big bun fan, yes...hee hee).  It just seems to get in the way of my meat and me, so I opt for wrapping mine in lettuce. 

So even though Norma's was not my favorite joint around, I'm glad I ate there so I could at least bust out some real burgers.  Hope y'all enjoy!!


  1. Hey, I got an idea! You post.....Dad cooks.....and grandkids clean up! Yahoo!!! Love ya! This is a great idea! Keep it comin'...

  2. I love their blog. It's awesome. However, I think Kent has a natural aversion to "turkey" and "burgers" in the same sentence. Maybe I just won't tell him...

  3. Holy turkey. I'm totally making this tonight! (Okay, maybe tomorrow.) Preston wanted to make a half hour drive to "The Islands" so we could get a burger like this. He'll be happy to know the drive won't be necessary.

    Thanks for the tip...except the red onions part. ONIONS? I'm revoking your membership in the HOTH subsidiary, the I Hate Onions club. REVOKED.

  4. REVOKED? Dude you were the one who started liking tomatoes first! Love your guts!

  5. yummers! I'm totally making this tomorrow! Dragged your kids to Winco to buy the ingredients I was lacking...


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