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AIMEE'S TROPICAL ISLAND TURKEY BURGERS WITH PIÑA COLADA SAUCE

  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork or an egg** (see note)
  • 1 can sliced pineapple in its juice/syrup
  • ½ small white onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Jerk Seasoning 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons + 1 Tablespoon Teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (plain may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Coconut
  • Dash of Rum* optional
  • Hamburger buns

Preheat grill pan over high heat.

**Ground turkey crumbles easily, so it needs some fat.  You can either mix in ground pork or a well beaten egg to the mixture to prevent the burger from crumbling and getting too dry.

In a small bowl, combine pineapple slices and 1 Tablespoon Teriyaki sauce.  Take 2 slices of pineapple and chop. Take 1 slice of pineapple and 1 teaspoon juice and place in serving bowl for sauce. (Recipe follows).  In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, ground pork, chopped pineapple, onion, Jerk seasoning, salt, pepper and Teriyaki sauce.  Gently combine all of the ingredients and pat out to make burgers (about 6 to 8 regular sized burgers; or you can make into "party-fun" sized sliders!  Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over each burger, and place on hot grill pan.  Cook for 2 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium low and cook burgers 7 to 8 minutes longer, turning occasionally; no more than twice.  Do not press down on burgers, you want the juices to remain inside.  Transfer to a plate and let burgers rest for 2 minutes before serving.  Spread Piña Colada sauce on buns.  Place burgers on buns, and serve with garnishments of your choice.
 

AIMEE'S PIÑA COLADA SAUCE:

In a small serving bowl, combine yogurt, 1 pineapple slice finely chopped, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and dash of rum.  Stir to combine.