The Best Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger Recipe

Updated on January 24, 2018
Rice, teri-burger, garlic broccoli... ono.
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This one is Ono!!

This is such a quick and easy dish to make, but it tastes as if it was a lot more complicated. The sauce that you will be using is very similar to most teriyaki marinates. There are many variations but most teriyaki marinates contain sugar and shoyu (soy sauce). A note about shoyu - there are so many different types of shoyu. In Hawaii, there are two primary types of shoyu; Aloha and Kikkoman Shoyu. Aloha is sweet, and Kikkoman is on the salty side. Most people understand this and use the appropriate shoyu to cook with for their dish.

Our family and friends love this recipe. If you're away from Hawaii, this dish will bring you just a little closer to home. Serve it on a hamburger bun, on a plate of rice or your favorite starches. I hope you'll keep this one in your recipe file. Ahui hou. Peace. Kawi.

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When considering what shoyu (soy-sauce) to use, remember one thing;  Aloha shoyu sweet, Kikoman  shoyu salty.
When considering what shoyu (soy-sauce) to use, remember one thing; Aloha shoyu sweet, Kikoman shoyu salty. | Source

Hawaii's Favorite Aloha Shoyu Soy Sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4lbs serves 8 or 4 Polynesian kids


  • 4 lbs Ground hamburger
  • To taste Green Onions, Chopped
  • 1 Lg Onion Yellow, Diced
  • 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups Aloha Shoyu
  • 1 Tblspn - to taste Sesame Seed Oil, Careful, not too much
  • 1-1/2 Cup Water
  • To Taste Garlic, Minced
  • To Taste Ginger sliced or grated, paste okay too

Easy Step-by-Step with Pics

  1. Place hamburger into a bowl, and add green onions and diced onions. Lomi (massage) onions into the hamburger until onions are mixed evenly throughout the burger.
  2. Place Shoyu and water in a sauce pan and warm (not cook). Slowly add sugar stirring throughout the process until sugar is melted. Add Sesame seed oil, garlic and finally the ginger. Continue warming and stirring sauce until all sugar melts, and the ginger aroma comes out of the sauce.
  3. When sauce cools just a bit, pour into the bowl with hamburger mix. Continue to fold the hamburger into the sauce until the sauce spreads throughout the hamburger.
  4. Crack the bottle, and start making pattys. You can grill the burgers, or simply fry in a pan. With the shoyu and brown sugar, you'll notice that there will be a lot of brown sugar carmelizing.
  5. Some helpful hints: If you grill the burgers, you can lay some foil on the grill to save any break-offs. You can free-form burgers by hand, on a plate or with the help of wax paper. It's a bit messy but most things that are messy taste great. Lol.

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        KawikaChann 21 months ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

        Lol. Yes, it's only when you actually cook the shoyu that the sugars really caramelize and the true tastes 'really' surface. Thanks for your comment, I hope you enjoy this recipe - we just made it a week ago at a bbq. Kawi.

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        Reddkatz 22 months ago

        Ohh, I have it at the opposite, I always thought Aloha was salty while Kikkoman was sweet - to me. But now since I live on the mainland I only have access to Kikkoman unless I order Aloha on Amazon.

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        Elayne 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

        Looks yummy - can't wait to give it a try!

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        KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

        Thanks Mhatter, I think you'll like this one. Ahui hou. Kawi.

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        Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thank you for bringing me, a teriyaki lover, one more recipe.