Sweet and Sour Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Pairs well with:

Chenin Blanc

This wine is bursting with crisp, refreshing fruit flavors like apple, pear, and melon, making you want to swing your legs off a dock at sunset.


2 slices whole wheat bread
2 lbs. ground turkey
1/3 c. + 1 T. teriyaki sauce, separated
1/3 c. + 1T. Soy sauce, separated
1 tsp grated ginger, separated
1 T. olive oil
1/3 c. chopped onion
¼ c. finely diced pineapple
¼ c. apple cider vinegar
¼ c. ketchup
¼ c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
Vegetable oil
6 slices fresh pineapple about ¼â€Â thick
6 oz. Habanera cheddar cheese, sliced into 12 pieces
6 whole wheat Kaiser rolls
6 Green leaf lettuce leaves, ribs removed



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat. Place the whole wheat bread in a food chopper or food processor and pulse until crumbs. Measure one cup of crumbs and set aside. Place ground turkey, 1/3 c. teriyaki, 1/3 c. soy sauce, ½ tsp. ginger and 1 c. bread crumbs in a large bowl. Mix well. Form into 6 patties. Chill for about 1 hour. Meanwhile begin making sauce. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan on the grill over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add reserved ½ tsp. ginger and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds more. Add pineapple, vinegar, ketchup, and brown sugar. Simmer the sauce, whisking, for about 2 minutes. Whisk together the reserved 1 T. soy sauce and 1 T. teriyaki sauce with the cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce mixture. Cook, whisking constantly until thick, about 2 minutes more. Remove from high heat and set aside. When ready to cook burgers, brush the hot grill grate liberally with vegetable oil. Arrange burger on the grill grate, cover, and cook, turning once, until well done, about 6-8 minutes on each side. Place pineapple slices on grate and grill until browned and sizzling, about 5 minutes on each side. After flipping the burgers, lay 2 slices of the habanera cheese on each burger. While cheese is melting, toast the tops and bottoms of the buns, inside face down on the grill. When patties are cooked to well done, the cheese is melted, the buns are lightly toasted and the pineapple slices have nice brown grill marks, pull everything off the grill and begin building your burgers from the bottom up. For each burger, lay one piece of green leaf lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, followed by one slice of the grilled pineapple then the cheese covered patty. Spread about 1T. of the Sweet and Sour sauce on the bun top and place gently on the burger. Say a prayer of thanks and enjoy!