The weather is perfect for grilling teriyaki burgers. A while back, we were lamenting about how overly sweet and artificial some bottled teriyaki sauces were. So we decided to make a homemade teriyaki sauce and it is amazing! You can use the sauce on rice, chicken and anything you want.

Teriyaki Burgers with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe and Mango Salsa on burger patties

Simple Teriyaki Burgers

With the exception of one that we liked on our teriyaki burgers, most were too sugary and processed tasting. With the grilling season underway, we wanted some teriyaki variety to our bbq menu and it was always a struggle to search for a bottle that didn’t look like a gob of sugary, sticky brown sauce. We needed to think outside the bottle and needed to be quick about it because guests were coming over in a few hours. Mission: think fast and work fresh. How difficult was it to make a homemade, fresh teriyaki glaze for our burgers?  Not at all. It was one of the easiest sauce recipes we’ve ever created and can’t believe our bbq’s went without it.

Teriyaki Burgers with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe and Mango Salsa on a drying rack
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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

We originally shared a version of this teriyaki sauce on our Bountiful Cookbook. We wanted to let everyone see just how simple this homemade sauce can be and you’ll never go back to a bottle again. Homemade teriyaki sauce is customizable to your palate of sweetness, tartness and sticky-ness, or all three. This recipe can be made with or without pineapple. The addition of some extra brown sugar highlights the fruity sweetness of the pineapple and a bit of extra vinegar elevates the teriyaki to extra tang. Glaze it on beef, chicken or vegetable and poking some sticks in the for teriyaki skewers! Choose your strategy, flavor profile and taste. Do what your want because it’s YOUR sauce, your bbq and your celebration of grilling.

Teriyaki Burgers with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe and Mango Salsa on a drying rack

Best Mango Salsa Recipe!

To accompany our burgers, we added some fresh and fruity mango salsa, which turned out great! The balance of fruity mango, bright teriyaki and savory burger patties is a great combination. Even the mango salsa is great on its own with a bag of tortilla chips or topped on some fish tacos. There’s so many amazing foods to dive into this Summer, we can’t wait to figure out how to eat all this Summer inspiration before the season ends.

Teriyaki Burgers with Mango Salsa

You don't have to make homemade teriyaki sauce. If you have a favorite brand of bottle, go for it!
Customize the beef patties to your personal taste. We like to add about 2 Tablespoons of fish sauce (based off our popular umami burger). Some minced garlic adds great flavor too. Whatever you do, seasoning the burger meat takes these burgers to a new level of flavor.
You'll have extra teriyaki sauce and mango salsa for other recipes or if you make more burgers.
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For the burgers:

  • 1 pound (454 g) ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) fish sauce , optional
  • 1 clove garlic , crushed or minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) sugar , optional
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3 hamburger buns
  • kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • lettuce, tomato, pickles and other desired trimmings

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sake or water
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar (or apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) grated fresh ginger , or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the Mango Salsa

  • 1 large ripe mango , peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1 small tomato , small dice
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) minced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) minced jalapeno or serrano chili , or to personal taste
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) finely minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) fresh lime juice , or more to taste
  • salt , to taste


Make the Teriyaki sauce: (can be done ahead of time)

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan (soy sauce, sake or water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, corn starch, and ginger). Whisk to completely combine.
    Grating fresh ginger over sauce
  • Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
    Sauce simmering
  • Sauce should have the thickness to coat a spoon or to your desired thickness. If a thicker sauce is desired, continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until it reaches your desired thickness. Set aside until ready to use. For longer storage, store in the fridge.
    Sauce pouring from spoon to show thickness

Make the Mango Salsa:

  • Peel and cut mango into small 1/4″ to 1/2″ pieces. Cut tomato into 1/4″ pieces
    chopping mango
  • In large bowl, combine all ingredients together (diced mango, tomato, onion, chiles, cilantro, lime juice, salt).
    squeezing lime into mango salsa
  • Mix well. Use immediately or store in fridge for up to 2 days.
    stirring mango salsa mix

Make the burgers:

  • Combine the beef with the desired seasonings (for our favorite umami burger patties combine beef with fish sauce, garlic, sugar and black pepper).
    Burger meat mixture in a bowl
  • Form the beef into 3 patties. Season to taste with salt and pepper (if not making the umami burger patties, we'll usually at least season generously with salt and pepper).
    Formed burger patties
  • Grill the burgers or pan fry them to your preferred doneness.
    burgers grilling
  • Assemble the burgers, spooning the teriyaki sauce over the burger patties and topping with mango salsa.
    assembling teriyaki burger


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 588kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 858mg, Potassium: 603mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 501IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 107mg, Iron: 5mg

How long to keep the mango salsa?

It’s all fresh chopped fruit and some veggies. So it might last about 5 days in the fridge. Don’t wait too long because the freshness of the salsa goes downhill after about 5 days. And the mango will start to ferment and go sour. So try it eat it asap.

Storing homemade teriyaki sauce for teriyaki burgers

If you have leftovers, then store the sauce in an airtight jar or container in the fridge. It should keep well in the fridge for about 2-3 weeks. After that, dispose of it. Use it on other grilled meats, vegetables and fried rice. If you’re making salmon, it’s perfect for salmon teriyaki.

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