Teriyaki Burger 照り焼きバーガー

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This Sunday is Father’s Day.  As the weather have been warm and nice outside, I thought a BBQ recipe should be in order.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful Teriyaki Burger recipe with your family and friends!

Teriyaki Burger may sound very American, but it’s actually first created by a Japanese burger chain Mos Burger in 1973 (source) and it’s been a regular menu at McDonald’s and Mos Burger in Japan.  This has been my favorite burger growing up when my mom lets me enjoy fast food.  Today I’ve added grilled pineapple slice in the burger, which makes it more Hawaiian style and drizzled it with homemade Teriyaki Sauce.

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A while ago we received a bottle of Troublemaker wine and a sample of “Troublemaker” Burger Blend from world-renowned butcher Bryan Flannery.  Bryan made a blend of hamburger meat that pairs with his winemaker friend Austin Hope’s wine, Troublemaker (Mr. JOC reviewed the wine at the end of the post).

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The “Troublemaker” Burger Blend consists of 25% prime chuck, 25% Wagyu shortribs, 25% prime hanger steak, 25% prime beef rib cap fat blend.  Since it’s such a flavorful blend, I was recommended to season with just salt and pepper.  The burger tasted fantastic and the meat was juicier and more tender than other burgers I’ve grilled before.  The fatty Wagyu blended really well with the tougher hanger steak and created a unique texture that’s fun to bite into, and doesn’t make your mouth feel too greasy.

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Now Mr. JOC will talk about the wine Troublemaker.

We usually paired our burgers with beer, but this time we are going with the “double trouble” theme, and paired it with the Troublmaker wine from Hope Family Wines.  It’s a very flavorful red wine that’s lightly filtered.

Troublemaker Blend 6 is a blend made with five different types of grapes from 2 vintage years, and it takes your palate on a bit of a roller coaster ride.  If I had to describe wines that’s made mostly from one grape as jazz music, the Troublemaker Blend 6 is like a fun rock and roll concert.  It’s very robust with strong flavors of vanilla and chocolate.

The taste is hard to describe, as you take the first sip, it’s extremely smooth but powerful flavors rush at you.  The characteristic of the wine is not acidic and almost on the hinge on edge of a sweet wine.  As the wine flows through your mouth, the flavors are all over the place.  It’s spicy and not spicy, it’s sweet but not sweet.  It’s as though the grapes are trying to figure out how to play with each other as it moves through your mouth.  Since it’s lightly filtered, you can still taste the tiny bit of fruit.  This is a fun wine I would recommend with burgers, hog dogs, steaks, and other grilled food this summer.

Previous version of this wine has won gold medal for the San Francisco Chronicle wine Competition.

Please note: We received no compensation for this review. We received Troublemaker and the “Troublemaker” Burger Blend from Jarvis Communications free of charge to use in exchange for an honest review.

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Teriyaki Burger
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Serves: 4
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices fresh or canned pineapple
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 cheddar cheese
  • 2 iceburg lettuce leaves, thinly shredded
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (homemade recipe HERE)
  1. Chop the onion. In a small frying pan, heat the oil and sauté until they are soft and translucent. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. Put the ground meat in a bowl and lightly season with salt and pepper. Then divide the meat into 4 equal round balls and press down to make the burger patties, about ½ inch thickness.
  3. Heat the grill and oil the grates. Place the patties on the grill and cook on medium high heat for 2 minutes (do not move them), rotate 90 degrees and continue grilling for 2 min. Flip the patties over and do the same for the other side, 8 min total or until the burgers are cooked to your liking. At the same time, grill the pineapple slices for 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Meanwhile Toast the buns on the grill. Right before the burgers are about to finish, place the cheese on the burgers. The cheese will melt with remaining heat, so you don’t have to leave it on the grill. Carefully remove the burgers to a plate.
  5. To serve, spread the mayo on the bottom of each burger bun and place shredded lettuce and tomato. Top with the cooked burger, sautéed onion and 1 to 1 ½ Tbsp. of teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!
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  1. I love teriyaki burgers and your recipe looks just like a local joint’s burger xo

  2. I already like you on facebook

  3. Ashley - baker by nature

    I’m so hoping for good grilling weather this weekend!!! These burgers – omg! I could eat 2! Xo

  4. Vicki Bensinger

    Great burger. I love just about anything teriyaki and these burgers with the addition of pineapple sounds fantastic! Any dad would be thrilled to have this burger placed in front of them on Sunday.

  5. Nami, your juicy teriyaki burger looks like they would be perfect for Father´Day – I am sure that the whole family would enjoy these! I have never added pineapple slices to my burgers but I must keep that in mind for our next B.B.Q. – in combination with your lovely homemade teriyaki sauce, I am sure these burgers will be a huge hit at our house!
    Hope all is well with you and the family!

  6. What a delish teriyaki burger and beverage and this is just perfect for Father’s Day! Thanks for sharing this recipe idea, Nami – I’ve been searching for something fast and easy to do this weekend. This will be great :-) Enjoy your weekend with the family!

  7. Oh my goodness, this teriyaki burger looks amazing! That’s such a fantastic photo of the flame broiled burger too. I love everything about this burger from the homemade teriyaki sauce, the grilled pineapple, sauteed onions and the burger is grilled to perfection. Great post Nami :)

  8. Your teriyaki burgers look delicious and the pictures of how to make them don’t need any words to go along with them … you take so much time and effort for your posts. Amazing as always.

  9. Nami what a wonderful burger recipe and photos — I love the flames and steam you captured. I’ve never tried a burger with such scrumptious ingredients. Yum, thanks for sharing and what a nice giveaway:)

  10. The photography on your blog is amazing. You make that burger at the top of this page look so inviting, I need to find myself a grill! I love teriyaki burgers 😀

  11. We’ll definitely be grilling for Father’s Day. And I’m certain your teriyaki burgers would be a huge hit! If not this weekend, then next :) Hope your family has a marvelous weekend. xo

  12. Jayne

    That picture of grilling burgers can qualify to be a Burger King ad! Lol. Really great idea for a Father’s Day burger. Love that it coincides with warmer weather.

  13. June G.

    Red Robins “Banzai Burger” is my favorite, but they’re so pricey now. I can’t wait to make my own and who knew McDonalds had teriyaki burgers in Japan! :) yummmmy!

    • Hi June! I never knew about Banzai Burger. I should give it a try when I go to Red Robins one day! Oh yeah McDonald’s offer Teriyaki Burger for a long long time… :)

  14. Now if McDonalds in the US had this burger, I’d probably order burgers from there! I only ever get a grilled chicken sandwich from there.

    This burger looks fantastic! I love the pineapple and the teriyaki sauce. Wonderful combination. Pinned, as usual. :) I hope you have a great weekend, Nami!

  15. Great burger recipe! I love Teriyaki sauce, and your homemade version sounds so good. The Troublemaker burger blend sounds delish – loads of flavorful meat in that. And the wine sounds interesting, too. Thanks for the comment.

  16. Interesting! I didn’t know teriyaki burger was invented by MOS burger. My sister was just asking me about MOS burger the other day. I love my burger with sweet tropical fruits. The pineapple slices are such great add-ons. Wishing you and Shen a wonderful weekend. And Happy Father’s Day to Shen!

  17. Nami, I almost went to McDonald’s in Tokyo because I was so attracted by the idea of Teriyaki Hamburger :-) (Just to let you know, Mc Donald’s is far from being my favourite fast-food and I am not a big fan of beef burgers! So imagine how magical Japanese inventions are for me!).
    This looks like the best hamburger in the world! And so decadent too! I like the idea of mixing three different meat cuts. I must try it one day because I either grind one meat cut or buy ground meat.
    It’s such a pleasure to see that just like me, you add onions and salt & pepper to your burgers before frying them. Many people don’t season the meat and, for me, unsalted burger, even made from the best meat cuts is inedible (no matter how much sauce is put on it afterwards).

  18. I love the look of this burger. I looks so summery and this would be a great burger to enjoy dining al fresco – and I happen to love pineapple on my burgers! xx

    • Aww Greg, thank you. You are too kind. I didn’t know what to do with the top bun – put on top or on the side…and my bun was more homemade-ish; square and more creamy color instead of white. Next time I need to get a round and typical “burger” buns.

  19. Just the word ‘teriyaki’ makes me drool. I love anything marinaded with teriyaki sauce. It’s just so good. I’m not sure whether I will just stop at one burger. Think I should go for 2 😀 Wow…that Japanese set looks really gorgeous. Now hope luck comes my way….really a very long way to travel if I’m lucky 😀

  20. I know this terriyaki burger would be a hit at our place with everyone, it looks so moist and juicy, just perfect for a lazy weekend dish.

    What a fantastic giveaway, I love the Japanese tableware, so pretty :)

  21. Hooray, my first Father’s Day as a “father”. No outdoor grilling for me alas, will need to get a garden first, lol, but these look really tasty. Love the addition of pineapple – bet it brings a wonderful juicy sweetness to the burger!

  22. I saw this burger on Facebook this morning, and while I’m not much of a burger fan, I’ve been thinking about it all afternoon! I”m loving the flavors and textures you have with this one. I just may have to break out some beef!! Well done Nami!

  23. Hi Nami, your posts lately are great – husband and wife team, you talk about the food and your husband talks about the wine :)

    Your Teriyaki burger looks mouthwatering!

  24. Dear Nami,

    This is one of the most awesome looking burgers I have seen with that juicy patty, pineapple and melting cheese. I love toasting the buns on the BBQ too coz it gives a delicate yet toasty crust. The Troublemaker wine sounds very interesting too.

  25. OK, now my mouth is watering! I love a good burger, and this one looks excellent with the melty cheese, onions, and teriyaki. Awesome photo of the flames too. The burger blend also sounds real good.

  26. Oh these look just too good to be true! I just finished a huge meal…and I’m already hungry again. Now I know what I want to make for dinner tomorrow night! I’ve heard that pineapple can induce labor too :-)

  27. いいお天気で良かったですね。こちらは今日曇りがち。明日は雨ですって。日曜日は教会やらなにやら忙しくって、充分な時間を食事に取れなかったのが、残念なところ。私はパイナップルののったバーガーが大好きなんですよ。ジュシーな感じも最高!このレシピいただきぃ!

  28. Nami-san those are some amazing burgers. I love your perfect grill marks and that photo of the flaming burger. I hope you still have all of your eyebrows after that photo shot-yikes! Have you ever tried wasabi mayo? I make it with a little Nippon Mayo, wasabi and little bit of lemon juice and mix. It is really good as a topper. Have a super week. Take care, bAM

    • Hi Bam! Yeah I’ve tried wasabi mayo before, but guess what, I never liked wasabi in my entire life, and I’m from Japan… LOL. And I don’t eat sushi with wasabi too… Heheheh surprised? 😀

  29. All my family loves teriyaki sauce and I make salmon teriyaki and chicken teriyaki! I think I will include this burger to our teriyaki range as well!

  30. Wow! I like this post 😉 A teriyaki burger paired with wine-I don’t think it gets much better for this-my husband would go nuts for this burger..I may just have to be nice and treat him to one-thanks again for sharing Nami 😉

  31. When we used to go to fancy restaurants when I was a child, I used to order a cheeseburger- much to the disappointment of my father. So, Burgers are still my favorite of all foods. I had a look at Bryan Flannery’s website- it’s good to know there are still real butchers out there- it’s not always easy to get what you want at a supermarket.

  32. You how much hubby and I love to grill, I have been craving burgers lately too. I love your teriyaki sauce and your addition grilled pineapples! Since I adore red wine, I love the sound of the Troublemaker wine, thank you for sharing! Delicious, Hugs, Terra

  33. I made these last weekend and they were DELICIOUS!!! The only thing we did different is that we used ground chicken (my father in law was over and he’s trying to cut down on red meat) and we added a sauce of mayonnaise mixed with a bit of soy sauce & siracha hot sauce. My husband and father-in-law LOVED them!

    • Hi Farnaz! I’m sorry for my late response. So happy to hear you tried this recipe with ground chicken (we have chicken teriyaki burger, so this makes good sense! ;)). Soy sauce in spicy mayo sounds delicious! I’m really happy you all enjoyed it! xo

  34. OMG –
    you’re a God-send!
    Teriyaki Burgers were my favorite also from McDonalds and Mos Burger! Both weren’t far from my house growing up in Kanagawa. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2004, as soon as we hopped off the plain I told our driver to stop by McDonalds. I was not only sad but pissed all at the same time that every McDonalds has its different special burgers. Walked out annoyed and no McDonalds when I found out they don’t serve Teriyaki Burgers. I will definitely be trying your recipe!!

    • Hi Adia! Haha, thank you! I’m from Kanagawa (yokohama) too. :) Maybe one day we’ll see Mos Burger or Teriyaki Burger in McD or any other big burger joints! Hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

  35. hfriday

    I was born and raised in Japan and always remembered as a child having the best burger that i can’t find anywhere else in the world – Mos Burger! I remember the taste but never really thought about how to make it. Thank you for this recipe and for bringing back one of my favorite childhood food memories!

    • Hi hfriday! Mos Burger is pretty amazing! I miss it… I love the tomato meat sauce spread on the burger. Thinking of it makes me hungry. 😀 Thank you very much for your kind comment!