Sunday, March 20, 2011

Grilled Cilantro Chicken Burgers on GF Jalapeño Cheese Rolls

While today ended up being several degrees cooler than the last few gorgeous sunny days; it was still a nice enough evening to fire up the grill.  This is a recipe I created a few years ago and posted on a health board I used to frequent. I had long forgotten about it.  Happily I came across some old recipe notes recently and recreated the recipe.  Adding a shredded carrot to the original recipe gave the patties a bit more color and flavor.

If my Whole Foods carried raw ground chicken on a regular basis I would make these much more often.  As it is I find it every few visits.  I don't buy ground chicken anywhere else because every other store's ground chicken has something added to it.  Added flavors can mean gluten or artificial flavors or preservatives and are best avoided.  Ground chicken is great to cook with. It's lean and light I prefer it to ground turkey hands down.  When made into burgers there is  no need for any fillers to hold them together.  This recipe is full of veggies and flavor and is really great on freshly baked Jalapeño Cheese Rolls.

I topped mine with homemade salsa and avocado slices and loved every bite.  Other toppings available were sliced red onions, tomatoes and ketchup.  Every one of us dressed ours up slightly different and we were all quite happy.

Grilled Cilantro Chicken Burgers on GF Jalapeño Rolls
Makes 8 large chicken burgers

2 lbs Raw Ground Chicken Breast
1/2 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
1 large Jalapeño, finely chopped
1 medium Carrot, finely shredded
1/4 cup Red Onion, finely chopped
dash if Garlic Powder
dash of Black Pepper, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Mix the raw chicken with all the rest of the ingredients.  Very clean hands are the fastest way to mix everything thoroughly. 

Shape into eight burgers and grill on medium heat until cooked through and lightly browned. These are just as easy and just as flavorful when cooked on my cast iron frying pan.  When I cook them this way I use a little bit of coconut oil on the pan because the chicken is so lean.

The best part of tonight's dinner are the leftovers for the week.  There are still four burgers and half a dozen rolls for fast meals when time is short - all I'll have to do is make a quick salad. Cooking in quantity is such a time saver.  It takes only moments longer to double most recipes and in doing so you can literally save hours per week. 

Hope you have a great week.


gabbyfek said...

these look delicious.

chacha said...

Would these count as a fiesta?
Maybe with a lot of guac and salsa?

TerriG said...

My mouth is watering and I have just eaten. Now my hunt for ground chicken has begun. Whole foods is an hour away ;-((.

chacha said...

Thanks Terri. It's surprisingly hard for me to find in this area. Maybe you'll have better luck at your regular grocery stores than I do.