Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Pork Burgers

Three Pork Burgers loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

Pork Burgers grilled to juicy perfection, then brushed with a luscious teriyaki sauce are the ideal backyard barbecue treat. Stack them high with lettuce, sweet red onions, Havarti cheese, and ring of grilled pineapple for that perfect island bite.

Grilled summer fruits add interest and depth of flavour to any dish you add them to. Whether it’s a Grilled Peach Fruit Salad with Burratta or a simple slice of grilled pineapple paired with Honey Teriyaki Sauce on a burger.

Two hands hold a Pork Burger loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

Teriyaki Pork Burgers

Do I have time to squeak one more burger recipe in before the end of summer grilling? Truthfully, I’ve been dreaming up this recipe all summer long and finally had the chance to create it one lazy weekend at home.

My original idea was to also have some Spam either in the burger or fried and used as a topping. If you’re a Spam lover, I encourage you to add it to these Teriyaki Pork Burgers.

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

How to Season Pork Burgers

The burgers are made from lean ground pork seasoned with salt and pepper. I drizzled in some Teriyaki Sauce, then added extra minced garlic and ginger as another flavour boost. Sliced green onions complete the burger flavour profile.

A hand holding a brush while spreading Honey Teriyaki Sauce on Burgers while cooking on a barbecue.

How to Cook Ground Pork Burgers

While the barbecue is preheating, gently form the ground pork mixture into four even thick patties. Place on a cleaned barbecue grill and grill over high heat for at least 5-6 minutes, or until the patty has firmed up slightly.

If you care about grill marks, lift each patty and turn it 90 degrees (without flipping it) and place it back down on the grill for a few more minutes. Keep an eye out for flare-ups as often happens when grilling with pork.

A Pork Burger loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce beside a scoop of macaroni salad.

Flip the patties, then brush a liberal amount of Honey Teriyaki Sauce on the cooked side. Grill for another 5-6 minutes, then give it another 90 degree turn. Brush sauce on the patties a second time and allow to cook for another few minutes. Flip one last time and brush sauce on the second side.

Three Pork Burgers loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

How to Tell if Pork Burger are Cooked

Unlike beef burgers, these burgers should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 F. This is the time to be a keener and break out the meat thermometer, just to be sure.

To get them most accurate temperature reading, insert the thermometer into the center of the pork patty. Do not cut the patty or you’ll lose all that awesome pork juice!

Repeat for each patty as barbecues will often have hot spots where the meat cooks quicker that other spots.

Three Pork Burgers loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

We always use our thermometer when we are cooking pork because it is the most accurate way to measure doneness. Pork can still be slightly pink and be entirely safe to consume. However, if you wait for all of the pink to be gone you may end up with a dry overcooked burger.

A smiling man holds a loaded Burger in his hands.

Burger Toppings

In addition to the juicy pork patty and mouthwatering Teriyaki glaze it’s the toppings that make this burger a stunner. I’m a huge fan of buttery brioche style buns but feel free to use the burger buns you prefer.

Grilled Pineapple – Adding heat to many fruits bring out an intense sweetness. It’s the perfect partner to the sweet, sour umami flavours in the Teriyaki Sauce. Just brush a thin layer of oil on each side of the pineapple ring and grill until slightly softened.

Red Onions – If the onions are fresh, simply slice into rounds and use them raw. If they are very strong, slice them and soak in cold water for an hour or two before using. Additionally, fry them in oil and use cooked red onions.

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Cheese – These burgers were topped with a thin slice of Havarti, however a mild Gouda would work as well.

Other options – Feel free to add your own toppings to this burger. As previously mentioned Teriyaki fried Spam would be great, as well as avocado, grilled mango, coleslaw (instead of lettuce), roasted red peppers, pineapple salsa, fried eggs, and mushrooms.

Pinterest image of teriyaki pork burgers loaded with grilled pineapple, red onions, havarti cheese, lettuce all on a golden brown brioche bun.

How to Re-heat Burgers

Place the burgers in a pan and add a 1/4 cup water. Cover and re-heat on medium/high until warmed through. Top with more Teriyaki Sauce.

Yield: 4 Burgers

Hawaiian Teriyaki Pork Burgers

Two hands hold a Pork Burger loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

Pork Burgers grilled to juicy perfection, then brushed with a luscious teriyaki sauce are the perfect backyard barbecue treat. Stack them high with lettuce, sweet red onions, Havarti cheese, and ring of grilled pineapple for that perfect island bite.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce; divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of fresh pineapple; cored
  • lettuce
  • red onion; cut into rings
  • 4 slices Havarti Cheese (or Mozzarella)
  • mayonnaise
  • 4 brioche burger buns, or regular burger buns

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium-high.
  2. In a bowl, add the ground pork, garlic, ginger, and 1/4 cup teriyaki. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well.
  3. Form burger mixture into four equal sized patties.
  4. Grill pineapple rounds until they have grill marks and have just softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Toast buns on the grill. Remove and set aside.
  6. Scrub grill with a brush then place pork patties on the grill. Barbecue for about 8 minutes, or until the patty has firmed up enough to flip. Once firm, flip the patty and baste with teriyaki sauce. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then flip again and baste the other side.
  7. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 160 F. Baste both sides with teriyaki sauce on more time. Remove from the grill.
  8. To assemble: Slather mayonnaise on burger buns, layer the bottom bun with lettuce. Add the pork patty, then the cheese, pineapple, and top with onions. Place the top bun and you're done! Serve with a side of macaroni salad or oven fries.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1059Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 291mgSodium: 2160mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 4gSugar: 24gProtein: 62g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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23 comments

  1. Gloria

    OMG…yes….pork is so delicious. These look so good. I know they will be a hit at my next bbq party.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      These are definitely happening again before the end of summer!

      Reply

  2. Aleta

    Now THAT is how a burger is done! Wow, what incredibly flavours, I can’t wait to try a Hawaiian burger with pork instead of chicken!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome! Let me know how you like the switch Aleta.

      Reply

  3. Chef Dennis

    This Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Pork Burgers recipe ismaking me super hungry. I can actually hear my tummy growl.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks Dennis…I hope you made some burgers to stop the growling.

      Reply

  4. Heidy

    These Hawaiian Style Teriyaki Pork Burgers came out great! The kids and husband loved them, and I enjoyed the smiles on their faces last night. Thanks to you, I was winning at dinner for a change.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great to hear Heidy! Glad your family enjoyed these burgers.

      Reply

  5. HEATHER PERINE

    OMG can’t wait to try!! The grilled pineapple on top sounds amazing! What a fantastic idea for a summer grilled dinner!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s bound to be your new Summer burger fave!

      Reply

  6. Sharon

    I love pineapple on my pizza so I knew I would love pineapple on my burgers! The Teriyaki is the perfect sauce for this too.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s such a great flavour combination.

      Reply

  7. Joyce

    This sounds absolutely delicious and I like the grilled pineapple idea. I would love to try this with teriyaki spam!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, that would be the ULTIMATE Hawaiian Burger!

      Reply

  8. Kushigalu

    What a great dinner idea for summer. This is how I like burgers and teryaki sauce sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing

    Reply

  9. Yang

    Wow, pineapple in a pork burger sounds amazing! Just pinned to make this later.

    Reply

  10. Denise

    Wow! These Teriyaki Pork Burgers look awesome! I need to make these before grilling season ends.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! I think there’s still time…

      Reply

  11. Marisa F. Stewart

    What a delicious looking sandwich. I love that you gave it a Hawaiian touch with the teriyaki and pineapple. So different and yet so full of flavor. Pineapple and pork go well together, why didn’t I think of making it into a sandwich. Thank you for the tip – I’ll be making this recipe Monday.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Marisa, I hope you enjoy the burgers as much as we did!

      Reply

  12. Tracy

    LOVE the teriyaki and pineapple in the burger – and that it’s pork! A great way to switch up burger night! My kids loved it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome, glad they enjoyed this burger!

      Reply

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