Well hello there! Guess what? I didn’t disappear off the face of the earth, however it has been quite some time. The short list of things I have been up to includes graduating college (finally!), selling our home, moving across the country (again), and landing my first big girl job which I start in a couple of weeks. Needless to say it has been an eventful time in my life full of HUGE changes, but things are slowing down a little and I am glad to be back!

One thing that hasn’t changed is my new gluten free lifestyle, it has been an adventure and a little stressful and frustrating at times but it’s working. However, I am not going to change the whole vibe of the blog to gluten free, I will make the substitutions I need and provide them here so options are available to everyone. “Gluten free” tends to scare some people off, but for the most part the foods I eat now are the same ones I enjoyed before (the bread is just a little drier and the noodles are more chewy :-P) at the end of the day I’m not eating it if it’s not delicious. So lets get down to the good stuff!

I figured I couldn’t come back to you without something really fantastic, and I am glad to report this is it! Now I’m not usually a huge fan of ground turkey but it was perfect in this recipe since there are so many flavors, but feel free to use beef or any other kind of ground meat that¬†tickles your fancy. These are so easy to make, especially if you are like me and just go buy your teriyaki sauce, trust me it doesn’t feel like cheating.

Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers  (Print Me)

2 lbs ground meat (I used turkey)
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce/gluten free tamari
~1 tsp sriracha (the more the spicier)
8 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce (store bought, gluten free or homemade)
8 slices fresh pineapple
Cheese slices

Gently combine the ground meat with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, soy sauce/tamari and sriracha, making sure not to overwork or the meat will get tough. Form into equal sized patties, 1/4 pounders will make 8 burgers.

If you are making your teriyaki sauce you will want to start it now, otherwise continue.

Heat the grill and cook patties on high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until done to your preference. While the burgers are cooking, grill the sliced pineapple for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If adding cheese, place slices on top of burgers until just starting to melt.

To serve, place lettuce on the bottom of each bun. Top with the cooked burger and 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce, then with grilled pineapple. Enjoy!

Source: Skinny Taste

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