Lately I have been craving everything pineapple (please don’t ask if I am preggo, not the case LOL) – every time I go to the store I am picking up pineapple chunks and rings to eat with cottage cheese, yogurt, by itself. A few days ago I saw someone on Pinterest post about eating Chicken Pineapple burgers, I didn’t have any ground chicken, but I keep TONS of ground turkey in my freezer, so I decided to come up with my own little concoction of Spicy Hawaiian Turkey Burgers.
All the ingredients I used are Gluten Free, I didn’t use a hamburger bun b/c I didn’t have any GF buns at the house right now, but you can easily use either GF or whatever you use. I think this would probably be good in a wrap too..hmm, that might be my next experiment! I think the pineapple is juicy enough and as long as you don’t overcook your burger, any type of sauce is unnecessary but if you wanted to add something, a little BBQ sauce would be my recommendation. I would also throw a couple slices of red onion on these next time but I didn’t have any on hand this time. As you can see in the pictures, I served these burgers with some steamed kale and a side of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries).
GF Spicy Hawaiian Turkey Burger Recipe
(makes 4 burgers):
1 pound ground turkey
4 pineapple rings (or equivalent slices, cut about 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick)
4 slices pepper jack cheese
4 GF hamburger buns (or none if you choose)
1/4 cup Liquid Ammino’s
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
Combine the ground turkey, liquid ammino’s, 1/2 the paprika, 1/2 the chili powder, Himalayan salt, garlic and Cumin. Lightly mix with your hands and divide into 4 even balls. Form patties, making them slightly thinner in the middle and sprinkle with remaining paprika and chili powder. Refrigerate about 30 minutes.
Preheat the grill to medium heat. I used my George Foreman and put it on 350. Top with cheese for the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time to melt. Remove to a plate and grill buns if desired.
For the pineapple, I dipped them in Parisan BBQ Sauce – it’s all natural and GF. If you are using rings, put them directly on the grill over medium heat. If you are using pineapple slices or chunks, thread onto skewers and grill skewers in the same fashion. Assemble burgers and enjoy.