Teriyaki burger (テリヤキバーガー) refers to a variety of hamburger created by Japanese chain Mos Burger in 1973. According to the recipe, the teri is poured into the bread in limited quantities and coupled with lettuce, endowing it with its strong, yet sweetish, flavour.
Since the late 1980s, McDonald’s in Hong Kong has offered a Teriyaki sandwich dubbed the Shogun Burger, where the teriyaki sauce is a coating on the burger patty. In Japanese McDonald’s restaurants it is known as the Teriyaki Burger. Since 2007, Burger King has offered a hamburger called the Whopper Teriyaki in Japan only. Subway restaurants in Japan and several other countries also offer Teriyaki sandwiches.
Teriyaki burgers are also a drive-in, restaurant, and school cafeteria item in Hawaii (where it is commonly called a “teri-burger”). This Hawaiian dish dates back to at least the mid-1960s and is served on a Hawaiian roll with lettuce and tomato but no condiments.
- 900 g beef mince
- 4-6 hamburger buns
- salt and pepper, to taste
- lettuce, tomato, sliced pineapple, sauteed onion, and any other trimmings you like on your burgers
- 1 cup fresh, minced pineapple or minced 400 g can pineapple pieces
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 cm knob minced ginger (about 20 grams)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- In a blender, combine the soy sauce, minced pineapple, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil. Blend all ingredients until well combined or until pineapple and ginger are crushed very well. (If you want a finer sauce by straining the pulp out).
- In small bowl, mix cornflour and cold water. With fork, break apart cornflour clumps until liquid is a smooth slurry.
- Transfer teriyaki liquid to sauce pan. Heat up for about 1 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove sauce pan from heat and immediately stir in cornflour water mixture. Stir rapidly till sauce thickens. Allow to cool. This will make about 2-3 cups of teriyaki sauce.
- Add salt and pepper to your beef mince, to taste. Form into patties.
- Grill burger patties, then toss patties in a small bowl containing the teriyaki sauce right before you assemble the burgers.