Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

Flavorful, moist and low fat – three great reasons to enjoy these Hawaiian Chicken Burgers!

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Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up please and meet your newest favorite supper: The Hawaiian Chicken Burger!

I’ve been dreaming of Hawaiian Chicken Burgers for, oh, about a year now. I’ve made variations of it before (see my instagram profile from about a year ago!) but finally perfected this recipe. And now I can share it with you. Let me tell you – ground chicken can get pretty dried out in the cooking process, but not when you add all the good stuff that this recipe has. These burgers are moist and full of flavor. Plus they’re easy, which I know is so important to all of you. Grill some veggies to add to your burger, and you’ve got a whole meal. What could be better than that?

I’ll tell you what could be better. A healthy supper. Oh wait! Did I mention that these burgers are lower fat than traditional ones (thanks to using chicken instead of beef)? I also used a low-sugar teriyaki sauce to cut down on calories and sugar. Then I served it on whole wheat rolls*, loaded up my burgers with veggies, and felt really good about what I was eating.

*Funny story – the whole wheat bread tasted great with these, but photographed terribly. So I actually schlepped out to the grocery store and bought white rolls just for the photo-shoot. It’s the kind of thing you get used to doing when you’re a food photographer. Next time you look at pictures of food in a magazine, newspaper or blog, appreciate the work that goes into making such beautiful images!

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Hawaiian Chicken Burgers
Recipe type: Main - Chicken
Serves: 8
For the burgers:
  • 1½ lb ground dark chicken
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons minced dried onions
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (I used whole wheat)
For the vegetables*:
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 large red onion, peeled
  • 3 Tablespoons crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
To serve:
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Teriyaki sauce
To make the burgers:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix to combine. Form into 8 patties and set aside.
To prepare the vegetables:
  1. Slice the vegetables into slices about ½ an inch. Place in a bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over vegetable slices. Toss to coat the veggies is the sauce.
To grill:
  1. Grill (or fry in a skillet) the burgers over a medium flame for about 5-8 minutes per side, until cooked through and no longer pink inside.
  2. Grill the vegetables for about 5 minutes per side, until tender.
To assemble:
  1. Spread teriyaki sauce on the buns. Place grilled vegetables on the bun, top with a burger then more veggies.
  2. Serve hot.
  3. Enjoy!

*Note about the veggies: you can switch it up, using whatever veggies you like and/or have on hand. Portobello mushrooms would be delicious with this, as would yellow squash, or even a slice of pineapple! hawaiian chicken burgers2

Thanks for stopping by folks! I hope you all try these fabulous burgers – I know you’ll love them! Come back soon for more yumminess! -Miriam


  1. Donna says

    They sound yummy, and bet my family would love them. However being allergic to pineapple they would land me in the ER, at a minimum. Any ideas for substitutions?

    • overtimecook says

      You can leave it out and just make teriyaki burgers! You may need to cut down on the breadcrumbs though.

    • Idy M says

      are you allergic to mango as well? i would imagine that finely chopped mango combined with a touch of lime juice would work well and give that tropical flavor…

  2. naomi says

    these look yummy!! what kind of teriyaki sauce do you use? in the picture it looks like sesame teriyaki…would love to make this for dinner tonight!

  3. Amanda R says

    We had these for dinner last night and they are delicious! Very tasty and flavorful and oh so simple to make! The pineapple and teriyaki balance each other out real well. Thanks so much for a new dinner favorite.

  4. says

    made these for Shabbat, my family could not stop raving, they kept asking me if I will make it again next week.
    I did add fresh mint leaves to the mixture to add a bit of color.

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