Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

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Indulge in a tasty burger without destroying your diet with this healthy and delicious recipe from best-selling author and food blogger Danielle Walker! With just a third of the calories of a traditional burger, 75 percent less carbs and topped with vitamin C-rich pineapple, this low-calorie delight will satisfy even the pickiest eater.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

Nutritional information:
395 calories
25.7g total fat
4.8g saturated fat
27.4g protein
16.5g carbohydrates
9.6g sugar
2g dietary fiber



  • 2 pounds ground chicken, dark or white meat
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons cold-pressed sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 6 fresh pineapple rings


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cold-pressed sesame oil
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • Dash of hot sauce


  • Romaine or butter lettuce leaves, for serving
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced


  • Combine all of the burger ingredients except the pineapple in a bowl and form into 6 patties, about 1-inch thick.
  • Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. 
  • Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat and grill the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Grill the pineapple rings for 1 minute on each side, and then place a ring on top of each burger. Serve between 2 pieces of lettuce, and top with a tomato slice, an onion slice, and sauce. 


Source: ©Danielle Walker, Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple