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Red Robin The Banzai Burger Recipe
Red Robin The Banzai Burger
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Sandwich
Calories: 973
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.2 (4 reviews)
Menu Description: "Marinated in teriyaki and topped with grilled pineapple, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo. Dude, you'll be like, ready to ride the pipeline on Oahus North Shore after you chomp on this!"

Here's customer choice number one from Red Robin's huge burger menu. According to Red Robin servers, the beef they use for all their burgers is ground from Angus flank steak. That meat makes for a great burger to be sure, but it's tough to find in the market unless you grind your own. So if you're not up for some good old-fashioned meat-grinding fun, just pick up ground chuck for this recipe. If you can't find chuck, sirloin will have to do. Just make sure the fat content is at least 15 percent, since low-fat ground beef makes burgers that are just too dry and short on flavor. I tested a half-dozen popular teriyaki glazes in the stores and nothing comes close to the stuff they use at the restaurant, so I've included a recipe here to make your own. Be sure to watch your marinated meat and pineapple slices closely on the grill since the sugar in the teriyaki marinade could burn over the open flame. If you're grilling outside, keep the lid open. And don't hit the La-Z-Boy until this puppy's done.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" by Todd Wilbur.

Teriyaki Marinade
1 3/4 cups water
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 5.5-ounce ground beef patty
2 canned pineapple slices
2 slices Cheddar cheese
1 sesame seed hamburger bun
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
2 tomato slices
1/3 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

1. Make teriyaki marinade by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Cover and chill marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

2. Form your ground beef into a round patty that is slightly larger in diameter than the sesame seed bun. Pour a little of the teriyaki glaze into a plastic container with a lid (such as Tupperware), then carefully drop in your patty. Add enough teriyaki glaze to cover the patty, then seal up the container and pop it into the fridge for at least 4 hours, but no more than 12 hours. Put the two pineapple slices into another container with a lid, add the remaining teriyaki glaze, cover it and chill the pineapple in the refrigerator for the same time as the burger.

3. When you are ready to make your hamburger, preheat barbecue or indoor grill to medium heat.

4. Start grilling the hamburger patty first. Cook it for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until it reaches your desired doneness. When you flip the burger add the pineapple slices to the grill. The pineapple will take about half as long to cook as the burger. You'll know the pineapple slices are done when they have some nice grill marks on each side. Be careful not to burn the burger or the pineapple. The teriyaki contains sugar, which may char if grilled too long. About 1 minute before the burger is done place 2 slices of Cheddar cheese on top of the patty to melt.

5. As the hamburger is grilling, toast the face of the top and bottom sesame seed bun on an indoor griddle or skillet over medium heat.

6. Build your burger by first spreading approximately 2 teaspoons of mayo on each of the toasted faces of the top and bottom bun.

7. Stack the hamburger patty on the bottom bun.

8. Arrange the tomato slices on the patty.

9. Stack the grilled pineapple on top of the tomato slices.

10. Add about 1/3 cup of shredded lettuce on next, then finish the burger off with the top bun.

Makes 1 burger.

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Submitted on: 12/17/13
i worked at red robin and the patty is not marinated in the sauce just the pinapple slices and to be exact. Fresh cut pinneapple is used using a circular blade. Otherwise good idea on soaking the meat that should go over well with making it unique and original an tastefull
Submitted on: 11/17/06
Sauce was ok..but I found one in the market that tastes identical to the restaurant one... Benny Parsons teriyaki sauce...yes, the Nascar guy! Best burger I've ever eaten!
Submitted on: 03/21/06
Right on the dime! If you can't go to the restaurant to get one this will fill the bill! Perfect!
Submitted on: 09/05/05
Even better than the restaurant. Keep up the good work.