Clean Eating: Grilled Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

I was driving by Carl’s Jr. and saw this beautiful picture of their Teriyaki burger in their window.

I started to drool.

I wanted to stop, but knew I could make my own “healthy” burger instead.

I decided to use turkey instead of chicken.  Just 4 ounces of the lean turkey tenders has only 120 calories and 1 gram of fat.  Then we’ll pair it with the healthy Oroweat sandwich thins and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a healthy burger for well under 300 calories.

Sorry Carl!

Find yourself a boneless, skinless turkey breast or turkey tenders.

Okay, I’ll admit I really thought that I purchased the turkey breast but realized they were tenders when I got home.  When you buy turkey OR chicken tenders you need to remove the tendon.

The tendon is the thick white membrane looking thing that runs down each piece of the meat.  Gently run a sharp knife along the tendon to remove.

Now just toss it out.

Once you have each of the tenders cleaned up we’re going to flatten them out just a little bit.  They’ll seem bigger than 4-ounces and fit on your bun a little better.

Place the meat between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound out until they are about 1/4″ thick.

Place in a zip-lock bag and pour the marinade over.  Allow the meat to marinate for at least 2 hours or over night.

Brush a little teriyaki sauce over the pineapple rings, place the pineapple on indirect heat.

Grill up those lean turkey tenders….it’s coming together beautifully.

It won’t take very long to cook the turkey.  We want them to be nice and juicy.

Place a few greens on the bottom (a tomato would be nice, too), then top with your turkey and a slice of grilled pineapple.

I love easy weeknight dinners like this.

You could certainly use chicken breasts for this as well. 

How about mixing it up and making a grilled Chicken BLT, but instead of using regular bacon use Canadian Bacon (much leaner).  Oh the possibilities are endless.

Grilled Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
Serves 4

4 Whole Wheat Oroweat Sandwich Thins
4 4-ounce turkey cutlets (using boneless, skinless breast or tenders)
4 Pineapple Rings
1/2 cup Newman’s Own Teriyaki Marinade
Baby Spinach

If using turkey tenders, remove the tendon.  Pound out your turkey to 1/4″ thick cutlets.  Place turkey and marinade in a ziploc bag.  Marinade for 2 hours or overnight.

Grill turkey on medium-high heat grill, about 4 minutes per side should do it, or until no longer pink.  Grill the pineapple on indirect heat.  Remove from grill.

Assemble your sandwich and enjoy.

Serves 4.


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