Nana Recipe Wednesday–Turkey Teriyaki Burgers

by Sarah on March 12, 2014

Who is ready for summer already?  ME ME ME MEMEMEMEME!  It’s not like we’ve had much of this thing called ‘winter’ in California, but still, I love me some summer.  Cookouts, long days, warm weather, cold beers, Delta breezes….man, that’s the life.    And of course, what is everyone’s favorite thing at a cookout?  Duh, it’s burgers of course.

What do you think of that shot up there?  That is inside Nana and Boppa’s house in Hayward, which is my favorite house in the world.  Of course new people live there now and I’m fairly sure all that beautiful wood and I think the bar (behind those wooden door thingys) is all wiped out now.  It is still my ideal as far as houses go.  There was also a 2-level deck, all the better for those perfect East Bay summer cookouts.

Nana’s got a new version of a burger for you today–a turkey, teriyaki-glazed burger.  I have no idea if this actually ever got made.  Turkey burgers don’t really seem like Nana’s style, but whatever.  I even tried to make it with a Boca Burger for the vegetarian one–it worked fine just watch it on the stove because the honey on it burned kind of fast.   The recipe uses a fair amount of soy sauce–so for sure DO NOT be tempted to use any salt.  Of course, it’s March, and I cooked these on the stovetop, but I think they would be just swell on your Hibachi.  Or whatever kind of grill you have.

I kept these kind of plain, mostly because it was Wednesday and I wasn’t really thinking ahead, but my boy and I decided that these would be pretty swell with a grilled slice of pineapple on top.  We’ll give it a shot this summer and let you know.

Nana's Turkey Teriyaki Burgers


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce + 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste (I used Sriracha)
  • 4 sesame-seed hamburger buns


  • Mix the 2 Tbsp soy sauce, honey and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix turkey with ginger, green onions, pepper and 1/4 cup soy sauce.
  • Form turkey into four patties and grill or pan-fry for about a minute over medium-high heat. Glaze with the honey-soy mixture and let cook another minute. Flip and cook a minute, glaze the other side and cook one more minute. Test for desired doneness--for turkey, the burgers should be medium-well, or firm in the center of the burger, but not hard.
  • Set the burgers aside and toast buns in the pan, or on the grill.
  • Serve with lettuce, grilled pineapple, tomato or whatever condiments you desire.

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