Chef John's Teriyaki Burgers


Instead of using a sauce on the outside, I'm putting key teriyaki flavorings into the ground meat for these teriyaki burgers. Ideally these burgers should be cooked on a medium-hot charcoal grill, weather permitting.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef (85% lean)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sriracha hot pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 4 slider-size burger buns

  • 4 leaves lettuce

  • 4 slices tomato


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Break up ground beef with the tip of a fork in a bowl. Drizzle in the soy sauce, sake, mirin, Worcestershire sauce, and sriracha sauce; crumble in brown sugar. Use tines of a fork to evenly distribute ingredients. Finish mixing with your hands (ideally your hands should be very cold for this). Shape into 4 equal-sized patties.

  3. Grill until browned and cooked through turning once, 3 or 4 minutes per side. When burgers develop a slight dome shape and juices begin to come through the top surface, they are done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  4. Serve burgers on slider buns with lettuce and tomato slices.

Cook's Note:

These burgers can also be grilled indoors in a grill pan over medium high heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
15g Fat
163g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 573mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 163g 59%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 117mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.