Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Burgers (hidden veggies!)

Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Burgers: If anyone tells you eating healthy can’t be fun and enjoyable, send them this recipe! These juicy turkey burgers are topped with grilled pineapple, sugar-free BBQ sauce, and pickles on a 100% whole wheat bun. Not to mention, the turkey burgers themselves are packed with a full serving of hidden veggies! Who doesn’t love getting nutrients when you can’t taste them?!

hawaiian bbq turkey burgers

shopping list for Hawaiian BBQ turkey burgers:

Ground Turkey (93% or higher): The key ingredient to making the burger patties. I used 95% lean ground turkey (the percentage is in reference to the amount of fat. Higher percentage = less fat), but I recommend buying anything 93% or higher.

Fresh Zucchini: you’ll need half of one small zucchini to shred and add to the ground turkey in the burger patties for this recipe.

Pineapple: Fresh or canned. I find fresh has better flavor and is easier to grill, but either works here. Canned pineapple is definitely much more budget-friendly!

Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce: Grab your favorite sugar-free BBQ sauce- my personal favorites are Stubbs BBQ or G. Hughes Sugar-Free BBQ. You can find these options at almost any grocery store!

Pickles: I’m a pickle lover, especially with BBQ sauce! But if you’re not, you can easily leave these out and still have a delicious burger.

Butter Lettuce: You can use any lettuce, but I prefer the silkiness of a butter bibb on a burger. If you like crunchier lettuce, get a head of regular ice burg lettuce.

Whole Wheat Buns: I recommend buying buns that say “100% whole wheat” unless you are gluten-free! If you are gluten-free, simply substitute your favorite bun. If are low-carb use the butter lettuce as wraps!

I don’t like ground turkey, what can I use?

If you don’t like ground turkey, I recommend using ground chicken next. If you can’t wrap your head around a burger with turkey or chicken, you can definitely use ground beef too. I recommend using lean ground beef with a higher percentage!

hawaiian bbq turkey burgers

Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Burgers

Lexi Finke
These turkey burgers are juicy, delicious, and packed with hidden veggies. They're served on a whole wheat bun, topped with grilled pineapple, sugar-free BBQ sauce, and more.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 380 kcal

Equipment

  • Grill Pan or Skillet Pan

Ingredients
  

For the Burgers:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 fresh zucchini shredded
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Toppings:

  • 4 100% whole wheat buns or buns of your choice
  • 4 tbsp sugar-free BBQ sauce
  • 4 rings pineapple fresh or canned
  • pickles "Grillos" brand are my favorite
  • butter lettuce leaves

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, shredded zucchini, and seasonings using your hands or a spoon. Note: You have the option to squeeze excess water from zucchini, but I chose to leave it in for extra moisture.
  • Portion your burgers into 4-6 patties. Cook in a grill pan (or skillet pan) with some olive oil on medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side. The patties should look golden brown and caramelized on each side.
  • While or after your patties are cooking, grill your pineapple. You have the option to grill on a patio grill, a grill pan for the stove, or even just a skillet pan to brown your pineapple. The goal is to warm it slightly and caramelize the outside. Cook for about 2 minutes per side on high heat with some olive oil if necessary.
  • Assemble your burgers: start with the buns, then BBQ, lettuce, burger, pickles, and pineapple. Enjoy 🙂

Notes

See above ingredient list for modifications for gluten-free, low-carb, or grain-free!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 46.5gProtein: 30.5gFat: 8g
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