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Sweet & Spicy BBQ Bacon Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Flavorful and juicy, these lightened up Hawaiian turkey burgers are packed with AMAZING flavor thanks to turkey bacon, spicy bbq sauce, pepper jack cheese and grilled pineapple. Best turkey burgers EVER!

Course Burgers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Grilling
Keyword hawaiian turkey burgers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 287 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 5 slices turkey bacon
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast (at least 93% lean) or can use 99%
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce (aim for low sugar)
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like spicier
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 4 fresh pineapple slices, ½ inch thick
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 4 whole grain or gluten free hamburger buns
  • Toppings: Sliced onions, extra bbq sauce


  1. Cook turkey bacon according to directions on the package. Once crispy and fully cooked, transfer to a paper towel and pat dry. Allow a few minutes to cool, then coarsely chop the bacon and set aside.
  2. Make the turkey burgers by adding the ground turkey, chopped turkey bacon, bbq sauce, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Mix with your hands until evenly combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into ¾ inch patties.
  3. Grill over medium-hot heat for 5-8 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. While the burgers are cooking, grill the pineapple slices until browned, turning once; During the last few minutes of cooking the burgers, add a slice of cheese on top of each burger; cover the grill for about 1 minute while the cheese melts.
  4. Place the burgers on buns, top with grilled pineapple slices, drizzle with extra bbq sauce and top with onions. Serve immediately. Great with sweet potato fries or fresh fruit!

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is based on using 99% lean ground turkey breast and includes everything except the bun and any toppings you'd like for serving.

You can also cook these burgers indoors by broiling them in the oven about 3 inches from the top; broil 5-7 minutes on each side.

Burgers can be frozen for up to 3 months; fully cook burgers, allow them to cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap then place in airtight containers or freezer friendly ziploc bags.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet & Spicy BBQ Bacon Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.3g13%
Carbohydrates 9.5g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7.2g8%
Protein 38.1g76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.