Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Burgers

These Asian-inspired chicken burgers get a burst of umami flavor from a homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce. Serve them on whole-wheat buns, or, for a lighter take, try lettuce leaves. In addition to the grilled pineapple, sliced avocado and grilled onions make tasty toppings.

Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
25 min
65 min



  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken, preferably dark meat
  • 6 tbsp minced yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup (NOTE: Use a ketchup with a clean ingredient list such as Tessemae’s Organic Ketchup.)
  • 1½ tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp peeled and minced ginger

Pineapple teriyaki sauce

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp arrowroot


1. Heat a grill to medium and lightly grease grate (alternatively, set up an electric griddle to 400ºF).

2. In a medium bowl, combine all patty ingredients. (It’s very moist, don’t worry!) Form into 5 patties, about 5 inches in diameter. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a medium saucepan, whisk together all sauce ingredients except arrowroot. Place on high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cooking until mixture reduces by half, about 15 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together arrowroot and ¼ cup water; add to sauce. Whisk until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.

5. Carefully transfer patties to grill with a metal spatula and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and pour 1 tbsp sauce on each burger. Smear sauce on patty using a separate spoon (to avoid contamination). Cook for another 4 minutes, or until cooked through.

6. Meanwhile, brush pineapple on both sides with oil and grill until marks appear, about 3 minutes. Flip and repeat.

7. Place patties on buns, each with a slice of grilled pineapple, and toppings, including extra teriyaki sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 burger
  • Calories 447
  • Carbohydrate Content 43 g
  • Cholesterol Content 109 mg
  • Fat Content 19 g
  • Fiber Content 4.5 g
  • Protein Content 30 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 985 mg
  • Sugar Content 16 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g