I'm back!!! We had a great week at camp and I'm mostly recovered... I think... And just in time for school to start back up!
Many kids are already back in the swing of things and many more are heading that way in the next few weeks. School here starts a week from tomorrow so I know the families in my life will soon be in the groove of stricter bedtimes, early mornings, and organizing breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners for those busy school nights.
I'm a fan of quick weeknight meals year-round but I know they are extra important when school is in session! This one is on your table in just 25 minutes.
And that's start to finish for a normal person, not just an Iron Chef.
Now, speed isn't the only thing going for this recipe - it's also darn tasty! They'll be back on the menu at our house soon.
Pretzel buns were the perfect match to the burger - if you're feeling adventurous, try making your own! My friend Jen at Juanita's Cocina made some gorgeous ones. Or, if you're like me and just need.a.burger.NOW, grab some at Trader Joe's. They're delish!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Burgers
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup panko
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp BBQ sauce
4 tbsp ranch dressing
4 slices cooked crispy bacon (see note below)
2 tbsp butter
4 buns (preferably pretzel)
Preheat your broiler to high.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the chicken, panko, bread crumbs, onion powder, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and BBQ sauce. Form into 4 patties.
Place a wire rack over a baking sheet, spray lightly with cooking spray, and place patties on rack.
Broil for 4-6 minutes a side, or until the internal temp reaches 160 degrees.
Remove patties from rack and set aside. Butter the insides of the buns, place on the rack, and broil for a few minutes or until golden brown.
Top each bun with a patty, strip of crispy bacon, and ranch dressing.
Note: bacon is amazing, but usually a messy extra step to make. I almost always bake my bacon - it turns out perfect, crispy, and less greasy. Plus it's completely hand's off! Lay your bacon slices on a wire rack and set it inside a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Place in the cold oven, turn the oven to 400, and set the timer for 17 minutes later. After 17 minutes, check and if they are not done to your liking, give it another 2-3 minutes. That's it!
Source: Adapted from Julie's Eats & Treats