Aloha Hawaiian Burger with Homemade Teriyaki (Whole30)

These Whole30 Aloha Burgers have all the bright and delicious flavors of Hawaii & everything you love in your burger! Crispy bacon, juicy grilled pineapple, homemade sugar-free teriyaki sauce and more, all wrapped in a lettuce wrap. Make these for your next cookout or backyard party!

Are you looking for a fabulous Whole30 burger recipe for your next backyard cookout or bbq? Oh do you love grilling recipes? You have GOT to check out these Aloha Burgers! Made with homemade, sugar-free, 100% Whole30 compliant teriyaki sauce, grilled fresh pineapples, sugar-free bacon and red onions, all wrapped up in butter lettuce, these Aloha burgers scream summertime to me! They’re the perfect combination of sweet and savory, with the juicy grilled pineapple and the crispy bacon perfectly complimenting the savory burger patty. If I’m being completely honest, my mouth is watering a little as I write this. Great burgers have that effect on me, though.

We love burgers (duh), but mainly we just love grilling. Check out some of my other grilling recipes, like my recipe for Whole30 Grilled Halibut with Strawberry Guacamole, or my Whole30 Marinated Pork Chops with Rosemary Grilled Peaches.

If you don’t have a grill handy, no problem! You can cook the burgers on the stovetop and then either grill or broil the pineapple slices. Cooked pineapple is one of the very best things in the world. The sugars caramelize and become unbelievably sweet and the juiciness is amplified by about a thousand. Trust me on this one, roast, grill, or broil your fruit whenever possible.

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Aloha Hawaiian Burgers

Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free

Servings 4 servings


Aloha Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce see below
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 head bibb lettuce
  • 8 pieces bacon
  • 1/2 red onion
  • salt and pepper

Whole30 Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar sub apple cider vinegar if you don’t have it
  • 2 dates
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • dash hot sauce optional


Make the Teriyaki Sauce

  1. Mince the garlic, dates, and ginger. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 

  2. Allow to cook together for about 8-10 minutes, or until reduced enough that the mixture coats the back of a spoon. 

  3. Strain it through cheesecloth (not 100% necessary, it’s only for texture), cover, and store in the refrigerator.

Make the Aloha Burgers

  1. Mix the beef with the teriyaki sauce and form into 4 patties (this can be done in advance, just cover and refrigerate until you’re getting ready to start cooking). 

  2. Preheat your grill to medium, then cook the patties for about 4 minutes per side for medium. 

Prep the Toppings

  1. Peel, core and slice the pineapples into 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices. Lay them directly on a well oiled and hot grill for about 3 minutes per side, but turn them often to prevent too much charring. 

  2. Cook the bacon, wash the lettuce, slice the red onion.

Assemble the Burgers

  1. Fill each lettuce wrap with grilled pineapple and a burger patty, then pile it high with bacon, red onion, extra teriyaki. Enjoy!

What are people saying about these Whole30 Aloha Burgers?

“This is my new favorite burger!” -Monica
“The burgers were delicious and really simple to make! Perfect!” -Mary

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