At the beginning of the summer grilling season, I posted my recipe for teriyaki sauce, but if you’re looking for a way to whip up some teriyaki flavored burgers without having to first whip up a batch of teriyaki sauce, this recipe is for you. All you need is a mug, a bowl, 5 items you probably already have in your kitchen, and 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef to grill up some of the most delicious teriyaki burgers you will ever taste. Children always love these.All you do is mix soy sauce, sugar, wine vinegar, garlic powder, and sesame oil together in the mug. Pour the sauce over the meat and mix well to combine. We just dive in with our hands (gloves are optional.)
Once the sauce is well incorporated into the meat, it’s formed into burgers. It can be frozen for later use, separated by pieces of wax paper. This is a great way to have teriyaki burgers ready ready for the grill at all times and is a great thing to do when ground beef is on sale at your local market. The burgers can also be thrown straight onto the grill. If you freeze the burgers, there’s no reason to thaw them before cooking. Just carefully separate the burgers, removing the wax paper, and throw the frozen burgers onto the grill. It just takes a little bit longer to cook them. These are delicious and so easy to make that we’re sure that they will become a regular feature at your summer barbecues.The burgers can be topped with slices of grilled pineapple in addition to the usual burger toppings if you like. Personally, we like them without the pineapple. We prefer to save the grilled and carmelized pineapple for dessert, and top it with a scoop of ice cream.
- 1½ pounds lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon rice or red wine vinegar
- ⅛ teaspoon of granulated garlic
- 1/16 teaspoon of sesame oil (optional)
- Mix together sugar, soy sauce, wine vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil in a small cup until sugar is dissolved.
- Place ground beef into a large enough bowl to hold it all.
- Pour soy sauce mixture over ground beef.
- Mix well until the sauce is completely incorporated into the meat and well distributed.
- Form meat into hamburger patties.
- At this point, the teriyaki burgers can be frozen with a layer of waxed paper between them for later use if you choose.
- Grill burgers over low to medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. This will take longer if burgers are frozen.
- Serve on buns with the usual toppings.
- If you want something special, grill slices of pineapple and serve them atop the burgers.