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Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Sliders

Recipe By Tessa Arias
July 4th, 2011

No more bland turkey burgers! These Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Sliders featured sweet grilled pineapple and are served on soft Hawaiian rolls. Yum!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

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Taste: Bursting with sweet, exotically spicy, savory, and fresh flavors.
Texture: The buns are soft with a slight toasty crisp, the burgers are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside and the pineapple is thick and juicy.
Ease: These burgers take less than a half hour from chopping ingredients to grilling.
Appearance: The best part about sliders! They’re so darn cute.
Pros: Healthy, fun alternative to grilling burgers.
Cons: None that I could think of.
Would I make this again? Yes.

On yesterday’s recipe post for Hawaiian rolls I promised that today I would publish a recipe for turkey sliders that incorporated those sweet rolls. Well here ya’ go! Today I have a new promise – you will not miss the beef in these sliders because the intense flavor profile hits practically every part of your tongue’s taste receptors. And if you’re like me and far too broke to afford a trip down to Hawaii, these sliders may be the next best thing.
Mise en Place

How to make
Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Sliders

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
No more bland turkey burgers! These Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Sliders featured sweet grilled pineapple and are served on soft Hawaiian rolls. Yum!


  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced pineapple, juice reserved for burgers
  • 1 1/4 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice
  • Hawaiian bread rolls, sliced in half (store-bought or homemade)


  1. Preheat grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
  2. With your hands, combine turkey, breadcrumbs, green onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, salt, Chinese five-spice powder, soy sauce, and pineapple juice in a large bowl. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Shape turkey mixture into slider patties the same size as your Hawaiian rolls (turkey burgers won’t shrink once cooked like beef burgers).
  4. Cook patties on the preheated grill until they are no longer pink in the center, about 3 minutes per side depending on the size of your patties and heat of your grill. An instant-read thermometer should register 160 degrees F when inserted into the center of a patty. While the turkey patties are cooking, place the pineapple rings on the grill until softened, 2-3 minutes per side. Toast bread rolls on grill, if desired.
  5. Place a turkey patty slider on one half of each roll. Top with grilled pineapple rings, cutting into smaller pieces to fit patty if necessary. Add any other desired toppings before placing other half of roll onto slider. Serve immediately.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Maris — July 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    They look amazing especially on those gorgeous rolls

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    Elodie Jane Amora — July 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    sliders look good! and it's turkey too, yum! 🙂

  3. #
    Melissa — July 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I like the way these sound…the combo of pineapple and five spice sounds delicious!

  4. #
    [email protected] — July 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I have to try these! I love turkey burgers, and with those spices I might convince my husband to eat one, too! 🙂

  5. #
    With Style and Grace — July 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This is perfect for summer! Love the idea of making a mini version of hawaiian [turkey] burgers. BTW – Great blog!!

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    auntlolo — July 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Oh, these sound AMAZING. Thank you!!

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    Hillary — August 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Just made these tonight – yummmmmmmm! I liked to add a little bbq sauce as a topping!


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