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The Big Kahuna Waikiki Teriyaki Burger with Key Lime Avocado Spread

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The weather has been so gorgeous, that I wanted to get back out on the grill again and have some fun in the sun! I was seriously missing my grill! 😀 My hubby changed the tank, so now I’m all set again to play! 😀 I had several ideas that I wanted to create, and two nuisance bags of frozen buns in the freezer that were constantly in the way, made my decision of what to make first for me. They were going to be moved for the last time! To the counter and thawed!! 😉  

I’ve never had a “teriyaki burger” before, and have always wanted to try one! I love anything teriyaki, and being a burger lover seemed like this was a perfect match for me! I asked my hubby if he’d like something like this for dinner and his eyes got as big as saucers! He said he LOVES teriyaki burgers! 

This was suddenly a good thing – – and a bad thing. I’ve never even had one let alone made one before! The challenge (and pressure!) was on!! 😀  


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I started by looking up restaurants and seeing what all they put on them, as well as checking out a few recipes. They all seemed just kind of “meh” to me. (And I call my hubby “Mr. Picky Pants”?) I guess I’ll have to start referring to myself as “Mrs. Picky Panties”.  It’s only fair! 😉 😀  


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Done to perfection if I do say so myself! I wish you all could just magically pop by and have one with us! Wouldn’t that be fun?! 😀  


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And that sweet basting sauce on the plate didn’t go to waste, either! 😉 I tilted the plate and poured it into a micro bowl to dip and savor every drop! Next time I might just double the sauce for dipping! It was sooo good!! 😉    


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Topping our burgers was just as fun as eating them! Ok, that’s a total lie. Of course it was more fun eating them! 😉 😀  


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So get out there and grill while we still have some summer left! 😀 And be sure to toss these beauties on the grill as they were amazingly good! I may have just ruined myself from ever enjoying one from a restaurant! Someday, I’ll have to try one to compare, but for now, I think I did a pretty good job. 😉 Take care and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 ~Kelly




The Big Kahuna Waikiki Teriyaki Burger with Key Lime Avocado Spread
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The Big Kahuna Waikiki Teriyaki Burger with Key Lime Avocado Spread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


For Burgers:

  • 2 lbs. lean quality ground beef (I used 93% lean ground beef)
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. A1 Steak sauce
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper, plus more on patties
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Basting Sauce:

  • 3 Tbl. teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tbl. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbl. butter

Key Lime Avocado Spread:

  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed, flesh brushed well with key lime juice
  • 1 Tbl. mayo
  • 1/2 Tbl. sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. key lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/16 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Rest of Ingredients:

  • 4-8 slices fresh pineapple, basted and grilled
  • 4 slices co-jack cheese
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 4-8 crisp lettuce leaves
  • 4-8 slices fresh garden tomatoes, optional
  • 4 slices lean crisp-cooked bacon, optional
  • 4 large hearty sesame seed rolls, split open and lightly toasted (*save any seeds that are in the bag or fall off for garnish)


  • In large bowl, combine well the burger ingredients, form into 4 large patties and place onto waxed paper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. (*You can always make more (smaller-sized) burgers.)
  • In small grill-safe pan, stir together teriyaki sauce and dark brown sugar. Place a tablespoon of butter on top, set aside.
  • In small mini chopper/processor, add half of the avocado and rest of spread ingredients. Process until smooth. Score other half of avocado into small cubes and fold in. Place into a bowl, press plastic wrap onto spread to seal from air, cover bowl and chill.
  • Heat grill to HIGH to heat grates well. When hot, oil grates with vegetable oil-soaked paper towel using tongs. Score waxed paper to separate burgers, Pepper tops and place onto grill peppered side-down, peel off waxed paper, pepper tops. Turn grill down to medium heat, place basting sauce onto side of grill to heat, close lid, and grill for about 8 minutes. Turn, baste cooked top sides, and grill other sides for 7-8 minutes with lid closed again. Stirring sauce and checking so it doesn't boil and get too hot. (Move to a cooler spot or upper rack if needed.)
  • When burgers are close to being done, start basting and turning every minute or so, basting well, about 6-8 times. While finishing burgers, also grill and baste fresh pineapple rings. Remove rings to plate. Toast inside of buns.
  • Top burgers with slices of co-jack cheese and let melt. Remove to partially assembled* toasted buns. (*Bottom bun, a little avocado spread, lettuce, tomato, then swiss cheese.)
  • Top each with 1-2 grilled pineapple rings and bacon slices broken in half if desired. Spread top buns with rest of avocado spread. Garnish spread with toasted sesame seeds if desired.


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    Monday 18th of August 2014

    Kelly love this dish..bursting with flavor!


    Tuesday 19th of August 2014

    Thank you, Hadia! :D Now I'm going to have to try one from a restaurant someday and see how close I came to it being "authentic"! ;) :D

    Didi @Dishin with Didi

    Monday 18th of August 2014

    Talk about deliciousness in a bite! I wish we lived closer too my friend! ♥


    Tuesday 19th of August 2014

    Aww, thanks, Didi!! :D I was extra glad that I could only manage to eat half! I then had the second half the next day! ;) :D We could've split it! :D

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