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


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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



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  2. Brian says:

    Hi Sarah,

    The sound of Polynesian Turkey Burgers sound delicious. It not not only carries a tangy taste from the cider vinegar but also a sweet taste from the honey. Yummy! I plan to prepare this over the weekend. I will pick up the few extra ingredients I need to make this recipe come together as it should. It’s not spicy at all so the kids will definitely love it! This will soon be crossed off my to do list.
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