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.