Polynesian Turkey Burgers (BBQ Sauce Recipe!)


Turkey Burgers with Polynesian BBQ sauce


So, every time I’m in the grocery section of Target, I see the King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and I crave them…but I don’t want to buy them just to bring home and immediately toast and slather in butter. (Mmmmm melty delicious butter…)  We’re trying to eat a bit healthier than that.

Today, while wandering the Target grocery section, I saw them again, but this time I had an idea!  I knew we had Jenny O turkey burgers at home, and I’ve been trying to think of something different to do with them.  I would make Polynesian Turkey Burgers!!  I grabbed the few ingredients I needed, and headed home to get started (this was my shortest Target trip EVER!)

I got home and got right to work (after giving Avery a bowl of mandarin oranges to occupy her while I cooked) I couldn’t wait for Dave to get home and start the grill (He’s my grill master, and thank God for him. I have a fear of propane grills that is only matched by my fear of being eaten by a shark, and yes, I know both are totally irrational, and neither pose any danger to me, really, but I still wont swim in the ocean or man the Weber at a BBQ.

Anyway, back to the FOOD!

I whipped up the sauce while Dave grilled the burgers.  We topped the burgers with cheddar cheese and perfectly grilled pineapple slices. Then came the tangy sauce (recipe below) and a few fried onions! Served with a sweet pickle and roasted red potatoes; we had the perfect (almost) summer meal!

Yes, that is a classic Goofy, Typhoon Lagoon glass!

Yes, that is a classic Goofy, Typhoon Lagoon glass!

I actually wanted seconds (but I refrained) We have so much sauce left over that I’m now trying to come up with other meals we can use it in (I’m thinking pulled pork!!)

I hope you enjoy this tangy, Hawaiian inspired BBQ Sauce as much as we did!

nom, nom, nom

nom, nom, nom


Polynesian BBQ Sauce
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A tangy sauce made with pineapple and mandarin oranges, to be used on burgers, pulled pork, as a dipping sauce for chicken or wherever else you'd use barbecue sauce!
  • ¾ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple (un-strained)
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup mandarin oranges (un-strained)
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened.
  3. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool, and refrigerate.
Makes about a cup and a half of sauce



  1. Carole says:

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