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.
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).
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.
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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For Sauteed Onion
- ¼ onion
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
For Cheese Burgers
- 1 lb ground beef
- kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; use half for table salt)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- Gather all the ingredients.
To Make Sauteed Onion
- Chop the onion. In a small frying pan, heat the oil and sauté the onion until they are golden, tender, and translucent. Transfer to a small bowl to let cool.
To Make Cheese Burgers
- Put the ground meat in a medium 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 (1.3 cm) thickness.
- 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 minutes. Flip the patties over and do the same for the other side, 8 minutes total or until the burgers are cooked to your liking. At the same time, grill the pineapple slices for 2 minutes on each side.
- 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.
- Spread the mayo on the bottom of each burger bun and place shredded lettuce and tomato. Place the grilled burger, pineapple, sauteed onion, and 1 Tbsp of teriyaki sauce. Enjoy!
- You can keep the burgers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2 days. Assemble everything when you're ready to serve.