With half of July behind us, the summer season gets filled with plenty of memorable experiences. Already in just the first half of this month alone, I’ve celebrated a birthday, road tripped to Michigan with my husband and brother, watched two loved ones get married, had our first baby shower and spent quality time with out-of-town family members. And with my brother’s birthday tomorrow, I’m reminded of one of our annual traditions growing up — thanks to Heinen’s Grocery Store.
The locally-owned fine foods company recently asked me, as a part of their #SummerwithHeinens campaign, to recall a summer memory that I cherish and the food I associate with it. What immediately comes to mind is the many years of birthday celebration cookouts my parents would host every Fourth of July in celebration of my brother’s and my birthdays. Both sides of our family plus family friends would join us for an afternoon filled with quality time, games and plenty of eats — most made on the grill. It is July, after all!
Over time, as our taste buds evolved as we grew up, my mom started getting creative with her grill recipes. These days when grilling in the summer, one recipe you can almost always count on my mom on making is her one for teriyaki burgers. As a teenager, I wasn’t sure about the melding of flavors, but now as an adult, I’m all about it. And with Heinen’s on my side, their products make it incredibly easy to bring together your classic memories with modern day culinary flair. In this recipe, I took advantage of Heinen’s prepared food sections — grabbing some already shredded coleslaw veggies, pre-cut pineapple and their house brand Two Brothers teriyaki sauce — not only to save some time and hassle, but to get to the eating far faster!
Pineapple Teriyaki Burger
- 3 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1 pound ground beef (I used 85/15 here)
- 1/2 carrot, shredded
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, finely diced
- 1/2 cup of Two Brothers Island Soy Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/2 pineapple, cut into rings
- 4 hamburger buns (I used whole wheat here)
Preheat the grill on high.
To make the slaw, combine cabbage, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir to mix all ingredients. Set bowl to the side as you prep the burgers.
To prep the burgers, place the beef, carrot, green onion, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce in a large mixing bowl. Combine ingredients until all are evenly distributed, but make sure not to overwork the meat. From the mixture, form four patties.
Place burger patties on the hot grill. Brush half of the remaining teriyaki sauce on the top of the burger. Cover grill with lid and allow burgers to cook until they are ready to flip on to the opposite side. Brush the remaining teriyaki sauce on the burger. Place pineapple rings and burger buns on the grill. Flip pineapple rings to other side once first side gets a bit of char from the grill. Once all items are cooked/toasted to diners’ preference, take off the grill and assemble the burgers with the buns, coleslaw, burger and pineapple as pictured.
What’s a summer memory that you cherish? What food do you associate with it?
***Disclosure: Heinen’s approached me with an opportunity to create a recipe inspired by summer cookout memories. In return, I received a Heinen’s gift card to purchase ingredients. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***