Ground chicken is one ingredient we don’t use much of, but on a whim, I tossed it in the carriage at the store on our last trip. And for some reason, grabbed it out of the freezer to defrost for dinner before leaving for work. And then I got to work and thought “WTF am I gonna do with that chicken?”. Embarking on a new ground meat journey, while exciting, is somewhat nerve racking.
Then I remembered that Dave and I get these Chile Lime Chicken Burgers from Trader Joe’s, and even though they’re frozen, they’re pretty good in a pinch, and also pretty easy on the hips too! So I started browsing and looking up some chicken burger recipes and after taking bits and pieces from a few, and adding a few twists of my own, came up with what I thought would be the perfect Southwest Chicken Burger.
Southwest Chicken Burger
1 lb ground chicken
2/3 cup panko or plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup black beans, pureed
1/2 cup corn (or corn of 1 ear removed)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
1) Puree the black beans and corn together in a food processor (or if you don’t have an FP, you could just chop them finely with a knife. They’re meant to add texture anyway so they don’t have to be super small)
2) Put the ground chicken, bread crumbs, black bean/corn mix, garlic, cumin, chili powder, juice of 1 lime in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix together – try not to over mix though.
3) Form 4 patties (or 6 – if you make 4, they’re pretty large patties) – chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes so they’ll hold their shape.
4) Heat a grill or frying pan for a few minutes to let it get hot – then place the formed patties on the grill pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through.
5) Remove from grill pan, let sit for a minute or two, then place on a bun and enjoy!
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this little creation! The flavors were awesome together, and the black beans and corn added a little something extra to crunch on. Like I said before, I would probably actually make 6 patties instead of 4 next time – it was a LOT of burger and I’m they type that likes a somewhat even ratio of bun to meat when I’m eating a burger or sandwich even.
Dave had his with pepper jack cheese and I mixed a little ketchup and ranch dressing together and spread it over the top. DELISH! And easy! And healthy! My three faves!