Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs. Laura's Lean 93% ground beef (You can get this at Rouses)
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sriracha sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
8 slices fresh pineapple
8 whole wheat 100 calorie buns
8 lettuce leaves

For the pineapple teriyaki sauce:

1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, very fine
1 small garlic clove, minced



DIRECTIONS:

For the burgers: Gently combine the ground beef with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Form into 8 equal sized patties; try not to overwork the meat so it doesn't get tough.

For the teriyaki sauce:  Combine the cornstarch in cold water and dissolve. Set aside.

Mix soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic in small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a boil and simmer until sauce reduces, about 15 to 18 minutes. Add cornstarch water mixture and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Heat the grill. When hot clean the grates and spray with oil. Place the patties on the grill and cook on high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until burgers are cooked to your liking. While the burgers are cooking, grill the pineapple slices for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

To serve, place a piece of lettuce on the bottom of each burger bun. Top with the cooked burger and 1 tbsp. of teriyaki sauce, then top with grilled pineapple.
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