Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers



Have you noticed that food blogs everywhere have gone fall crazy?

I started a fall Pinterest board and right now, those pins are the ones getting the most repinning action. I know, we are all looking forward to the changing seasons and ALL THINGS PUMPKIN but hold off just until you get a chance to make these burgers.

Chicken burgers (and turkey burgers, for that matter) can often be really bland and dry. Unlike ground beef, they need a lot of flavor and moisture added in order to taste really good. But when you find that perfect balance of moisture and flavor, I would argue that a chicken burger trumps a beef one.

Don't believe me? Try these. Really. They are lean, full of flavor, and delicious!

We liked these best with a thick slather of guacamole and a drizzle of creamy jalapeno ranch (the Chuy's copycat I recently posted!). Yum! 


Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers
For the burgers:
1.5 pounds ground chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
cooking spray

For serving:
Burger buns
Your choice of toppings: Guacamole, sour cream, ranch dressing (this creamy jalapeno dip was AMAZING on it), extra cheese, extra cilantro, salsa, etc. 

Heat the grill to medium-high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, paprika, lime juice, cheddar, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well blended. Shape into four 1/2 inch thick patties.

Grill patties 5-6 minutes per side. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before serving alongside your desired toppings.

8 comments :

  1. YUM Must try this! New follower from scrumptious sunday!

    Chelsea @AmeriAus Blog

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  2. Guacamole makes everything better! These burgers look amazing :)

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  3. You don't have to tell me twice to make these! YUM! Pinning for sure & will make them before grilling season is done. ;) Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday! ~ Mama Ging

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    1. Thanks for pinning! Hope you get to try them soon :)

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  4. Aimee, I just linked up at Tatertots & Jello and as I scanned the links, I wanted to click on EVERY SINGLE ONE of your links! LOL! Your pictures/recipes all look so yummy! I'm following you on Bloglovin and was already following you on GFC. We love burgers and these look so delicious. Pinning to try soon!

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    1. Aw, Jen, thanks so much! I adore your blog, so that's quite a compliment! Thanks for stopping by!

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