Friday, July 15, 2011

BBQ Chicken Burgers

A lot of people avoid chicken burgers because they think they're dry and not very flavorful. Well, if you're one of those people prepare to be blown away. The ingredient list may seem weird (especially the cornmeal), but these are definitely in my top three favorite burgers. Ever. The combination of flavors is out of this world and nom nom nom. What else can be said?

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There's a recipe for making your own bbq sauce if you follow the link at the bottom, but I just used bottled. I also streamlined the process by browning the burgers on the griddle and tossing them in the oven to finish cooking. Then I just added the extra bbq sauce to the assembled burger. Don't be surprised if the burger mixture looks weird either. It works out perfect though.

BBQ Chicken Burgers

Ingredients:

For the burgers:

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal
1 scallion, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Pinch cayenne
2 tsp brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped pulled pork
5 tbsp bbq sauce (homemade or store-bought), divided

For serving:

Grilled red onion slices
Sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
Additional bbq sauce
Hamburger buns

Directions:

Prepare grill.

1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cornbread, scallion, cilantro, paprika, garlic, mustard, salt, cayenne, brown sugar, pork, and 2 tablespoons of the bbq sauce. Lightly but thoroughly mix with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce to a small bowl.

2. Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. Brush the grates of the grill with olive oil. Place the burgers and onions on the grill, and cook the burgers 5-6 minutes, then flip. Turn the onions as well. Brush the cooked sides with half the reserved bbq sauce. After 3-4 minutes, flip the burgers again. glazing the other side with the remaining bbq sauce. Place a slice of cheese on each pattie, and lay the buns, cut side down, on the grill. Close the lid and allow the cheese to melt and the buns to toast.

3. Remove all the food from the grill, assembling the burgers as desired. Serve with additional bbq sauce if desired.

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Source: Smells Like Home

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