Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers

Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers

Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers

Think Hawaiian Burger, but better.

The Facts

Recently we were introduced to the world of drip jam burgers. These Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers are a sticky mess but packed full of sweet and savory flavor not typical of a burger. Given our immediate positive impressions we had to go on to examine more recipes and other adaptions. We decided to start with teriyaki pineapple burgers (Hawaiian style burgers). With the teriyaki they are already fairly messy, why not try to bring them on a new level with an upgrade from teriyaki sauce to a full blown teriyaki drip jam.

As a quick introduction, what is a drip jam burger? It’s just a regular burger with a drip jam, which is a thick, jam-like sauce with chunks of toppings in it (like onions or pineapples in this recipe). The key to a good a drip jam, we’ve discovered, is brown sugar. When incorporated with butter, water, soy sauce or another liquid and heated the brown sugar provides thickness and sweetness in one ingredient. This typically gets it to jam consistency, but it can still make the bun a bit soggy. In addition to a long cool time, we found adding a touch of corn starch gets it to the proper thickness so the burger does not fall apart.

For this drip jam specifically we wanted to fuse the spice of jalapenos (to complement the sweetness) with the staples of teriyaki. To do this we combined teriyaki’s key ingredients, garlic, ginger and soy sauce, and combined it with onions and jalapenos. To then add a touch of acid and sweetness we then incorporated a Hawaiian burgers staple ingredient, pineapple, and diced it into the drip jam as well. After 30 minutes on the stove it became a complex multi-part flavor that captured the essence of a spicy drip jam and a Hawaiian burger.

For the patty, we didn’t do anything to fancy with the marinade. There are hundreds of marinade ideas out there, even for teriyaki burgers specifically. However, the drip jam is already flavor-packed so we kept it simple with just brown sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. With sweet Hawaiian buns, a slice of pineapple and some cilantro, this burger is likely to impress existing fans of the Hawaiian burger and make new fans for those who have yet to try it!

Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers

Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam Burgers are going to be your new summer favorite. Sweet, tangy, and little spice rounds out this flavorful burger!
Prep Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • (optional) grill


Burger Patty Marinade (5-6 patties)

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Pineapple Teriyaki Drip Jam

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 White Onion, large diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, fresh minced/grated
  • 1/3 cup Pineapple, diced
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 4oz. can Jalapeños
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp Water

For assembly

  • 6 Hamburger Buns
  • Cilantro
  • Mayo (optional)


Patty Preparation (2-3 hours prior to cooking)

  • Shape Ground Beef into Patties of desired size.
  • Whisk together 1/4 cup of Soy Sauce, 1/4 cup Brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of sesame oil. Should be a like a paste.
  • Spread evenly over patties and let marinade for 2-3 hours.

Drip Jam (2-3 hours prior to cooking)

  • Heat 1/4 cup butter in medium saucepan.
  • Once butter is melted, add in Diced white onion, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated), until onions are softened (2-3 minutes).
  • Add in 1/3 cup diced pineapple, 1 4oz. can diced jalapeños, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and combine over medium heat.
  • Once mixture is bubbling, create a corn starch slurry with 2 tsp of water and corn starch. Add in to bubbling mixture.
  • Let thicken for an additional 15-20 minutes on a medium-low heat and remove from heat.
  • Let cool at room temperature for 1-2 hours or in fridge for 30-60 minutes prior to serving.

Cook Patties and Assemble

  • Toast buns either on grill or in a toaster.
  • If grilling, remove patties and cook on grill until reaching desired internal temperature, flipping halfway through
  • If using the stovetop, heat a large pan with oil. Add the patties (in batches if necessary) and cook to desired internal temperature. The brown sugar can burn on the stovetop so watch it towards the end and clean between batches if necessary.
  • Assemble the burgers by putting bottom bun, small amount of drip jam, patty, sliced pineapple, large amount of drip jam (in pineapple hole if sliced accordingly), cilantro, Mayo then top bun.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword burger, cilantro, Hawaiian, patty, pineapple, soy sauce, teriyaki
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