Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers (Summer Grillin’!)

So. Wow.  These were another gem, folks.  Truly a thing of beauty.  I was trying so hard to come up with a new, fun name for them to mix it up since I changed a few things.  But no.  To take away any of the words in this title would be a travesty.  (That’s the Rodgers family word of the week.  I dunno why.)  I mean.  Come on.  What is Cheddar without Jalapeno?  What is Chicken without Cheddar?  What is summer without burgers?!  AAAAH!!!!  So here it is.  My new friend.  Wonderful, wonderful friend.  I love finding new burger friends.

Not too long ago, I had never really thought of any way to make a burger other than beef, bbq, and cheese.  Then I found a blogger favorite, turkey feta burgers.   My life was forever altered.  And THEN I was blogging one day, and put on Food Network in the background.  Well Paula Dean came on, and it was a burger special where she was featuring the winner of a burger competition, Brigitte Nguyen.  The winning burger was an Asian Chicken Burger!!!  What?!  Who knew.  And get this.  She won 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!  WHAAAAT?!  After I heard that, I decided to start experimenting with burgers more.  I wanna make 50 thousand dollars from a burger recipe, haha!!  THEN a couple of days ago I purchased my first magazine ever.  Don’t laugh at me.  Growing up I made a silent protest of sorts against them.  Just because I saw so many of my friends flip through them, even seemingly harmless ones, then go look in the mirror and cry or harm themselves.  So me, being my extreme self, avoided all magazines at all costs because they hurt people.  However, the last time I went grocery shopping I was eyeing the cover of a food magazine and my husband caught me…and bought it for me!  🙂  Good news, it made me happy and inspired, no hurt. 😀  ANYWAYS.  Back to burgers.  All that to tell you that in said magazine, I found a list of the 25 most popular burgers!  Cue Disney music: “A WHOLE NEW WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD!!” Burgers with all different kinds of meats, countless fillers, crazy toppings with buns, without buns, all different kind of buns, oh my gosh!  YOU CAN DO SO MANY THINGS WITH BURGERS!!!  AAAAAAAAAH!  AND THIS ONE WAS REALLY GOOD!!!  Did I mention that it is smothered in fresh guacamole?!

Wanna try?  Yeah?  Yeah?  Yeaaaaah?  Dooooo it!

Adapted from http://cookbook-recipes.org.

So, here’s what you need for the burgers:

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken
  • 2/3 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2/3 C Red Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, Minced
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 C Cilantro, Finely Chopped
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Paprika

Guacamole (For topping.  Yummy!)

  • 3 Avocados
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Fresh Lime Juice (1 lime)
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder

Other toppings of choice!!  We don’t do buns often any more, but we used lettuce and tomatoes along with the guacamole.  That’s really all it needed because of all the stuffins inside, but you can use whatever you want!  I’m sure there’s lots of things that would be yummy!

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Prep all your veggies.
  2. Make your guacamole.  Cut your avocados in half lengthwise, twist the halves apart, and remove the pits (reserve one.)  Using a knife, cut the flesh of the avocado halves into cubes without cutting through the skin.  Use a large spoon to scoop between the flesh and skin and drop the cubes into a bowl.  Sprinkle with a generous coating of all the seasonings, the juice of one lime, and a dash of hot sauce.  Mash lightly with a fork, or until it becomes the consistency you desire.  Taste and adjust until you get it just right!  Place reserved pit back in the middle of the bowl (it helps it stay green) and put it in the fridge to chill until your burgers are done.
  3. Heat up your grill or grill pan, medium heat.
  4. Mix all the burger ingredients together until just combined.  Form into patties, making a divet in the middle so they won’t shrivel up.  🙂
  5. Place on your grill and cook until done, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Remove, top, and serve!  Yummyyyyy!!!!

Let’s get to pictures!  Yum!

Prepare your veggies and cheese.  Things go so much smoother when it’s all ready before hand.  🙂

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Make your guacamole!  Really, you can do it any way you want, but these are the seasonings that I recommend 🙂Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers 2

Cut your avocados in half longways.  Twist the halves apart and remove the pits (reserving one.)  Take a knife and gently cut the flesh into cubes, not cutting through the skin.  Take a large spoon and scoop between the skin and flesh and drop the cubes into a bowl.

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Sprinkle a generous layer of the seasonings over the avocado, along with a dash of hot sauce and the juice of a lime.  You can do this to your own tastes, I never measure…just taste and go. 😉  Mash it together lightly so it’s creamy, but still chunky!  Yumm!  Place one of the pits back in the guacamole to help it stay green, and plop it in the fridge till your burgers are ready.Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers 1

Place all of the burger ingredients in a large bowl.  Yes, there’s lots…but it will work!Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers 4

Mix together until just combined, you want to handle your meat as little as possible.

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Form into patties, making a dent in the middle.  It should make seven or eight.

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Place on your grill and cook until done, 5-7 minutes per side.

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Now choose your toppings!  We did this burger bar style!

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Yummy!!!  Doesn’t that look fantastic?!Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Burgers 9

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So pretty 🙂

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I hope you love this as much as I did!  You could serve with buns, tortillas, salsa, sour cream…whatever!!

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Turkey Feta Burgers.

Ah.  Aaaaaaaah.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

 

This was really good.  For real.  I am so sad that I didn’t make a flippin quadruple batch.  What.  Was I thinking?  Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Dramatic?  Perhaps.  But if you try this, I think you will agree that this recipe is worth the drama.  If you have followed me for very long, you probably know of my love for cheeseburgers.  My Achilles heel when it comes to healthy eating.  This was a very healthy way to satisfy that ravenous hunger.  And you know what’s crazy?  I made these for dinner, then took the one remaining patty to work the next day and warmed it up for lunch.  It was even BETTER the next day!  Crazy sauce.  No more talk.  Let’s get to the recipe.

Adapted from womenshealthmag.com.

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 4 oz Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 oz Roasted Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3/4 tsp Greek Seasoning
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • Your favorite tzatziki sauce, optional (the original said just to mix plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice.  I already have a hard time with the tartness of plain yogurt, so I omitted a sauce all together.  My husband tried it with the lemon/yogurt combo and wasn’t impressed with the sauce.  It really didn’t need it.  But I bet it would be great with a proper tzatziki!)
  • Whole grain hamburger buns or a Portabella for gluten free folks, optional.  We ate it with no bun, and were completely satisfied!

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl.  Get down and get dirty, mix it up with your hands!!!  Doesn’t it smell sooooooo good?  Note…the texture may seem concerning…I thought it was too thin, but it worked perfectly!  Don’t fear!
  2. Form into four even patties, don’t forget to put a small well in the middle to help them to cook flat!
  3. Toss them into the freezer for a couple minutes while you clean your counters, slice your cucumbers, and rinse your spinach.  My husband gave me this tip.  Apparently that is what Bobby Flay does when he makes burgers.  It helps them not fall apart!
  4. Heat a pan over medium heat, with a Tablespoon of butter in the bottom.
  5. Place the patties in your warm pan, cover, and cook for seven minutes.
  6. Flip, and cook another 5 minutes uncovered.
  7. Place on a plate, spread some of your sauce on if you went that route, top with cucumber slices and spinach.  Eat.  Be amazed.

SO.  GOOD.

 

Chop your roasted red pepper, and mince your garlic.  Prep prep prep.

Turkey Feta Burger 1Put the first seven ingredients together in a bowl.

Turkey Feta Burger 2Don’t forget the egg!  I forgot it until after I had taken the pictures 😉  Mix it all together with your hands!  I recommend taking your rings off first 😉  It’s amazing how good it smells already at this stage.

Turkey Feta Burger 3Form into four patties, not forgetting to put a small well in the middle to help them cook flat!

Turkey Feta Burger 4Place them in the freezer for a couple of minutes.  This will help them bind together and keep a good shape.  Now you can make sure your spinach is rinsed, your cucumbers are sliced, your sauce is prepped (if you decided to make a tzatziki style sauce), and your counters are clear.

Turkey Feta Burger 5Heat a pan over medium heat, with a tablespoon of butter in the bottom.  Place the patties in the pan, cover, and cook for seven minutes.  Remove lid, flip, and cook five more minutes.

Turkey Feta Burger 6Remove and place on a whole grain bun, a portabella, or straight on your plate like we did 🙂  Top with your sauce (optional), cucumber slices, and spinach leaves.  You’re ready to enjoy!

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Teryaki Burgers!

So, for the most part, this new healthy eating lifestyle has been so satisfying…it has almost been shocking!  Mr. Rodgers and I barely ever feel like we are missing out!  However, I do have to admit…I am not perfect yet, and I do still get an occasional craving.  Naughty cravings… My most common one?  Probably…CHEESEBURGERS.  Big, juicy, flavorful cheeseburgers.

I just had a song pop in my head…anyone who is a 90’s kid from a church family is going to know what song it is before I even say it…. “Cause you’re his cheeseburger, his lovely cheeseburger, he’ll wait for you-hoo, oh he’ll wait for you-hoo…”  Alright, who can tell me what that quote is from?!  Heheheheeee….

ANYWAYS.  Sorry.  I’m enjoying myself too much.  The kids I watch have been sleeping in till like 8 this week…I don’t know what to do with the extra sleep I’m getting!  WOOOOOOOOOO! So, back to what I was saying.  Cheeseburger cravings.  Dirty, carb-y, calorie-y, gluten-y, bacon-y, processed-y cheeseburger cravings.  But guess what?!  This may not be quite the same, since I nixed the cheese and the bun, but…I found a burger on the meal plan!  And I simply adored the flavor!!  I didn’t have ANYTHING on it, not even some of the approved cheese or dijon mustard.  This bad boy stood on its own!  Husband used some mustard and loved it too 🙂  Please, I beg of you, read on!!!

Note:  Please forgive my lack of flair in the photos.  If you ever see lame photos, that most likely means that I worked all day, took husband to his second job, worked on my computer, ran 3 miles, then got home at 9 or 10 to make dinner before collapsing into bed to wake up and do it over again!!  Whee!  Those days don’t happen quite as often the past couple of weeks, but when they do…I just don’t have much creativity left in me when it comes to taking pictures of my food.  Sorry.  I usually just wanna feed myself and the man because we can’t think straight haha!  But despite the photos, this recipe is so worth checking out!  Slightly adapted from perfectweightamerica.com 🙂

Photo (26) So, here’s what you need!!

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (preferably grass fed)
  • 1 tsp Honey (preferably raw, but I used normal)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (I recommend paste, it works well distributing through the meat)
  • 1 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Amino Acids or Tamari GF Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Are you getting excited yet?!  Don’t those ingredients just sound like a recipe for beauty?!  They are!!  What an explosion of flavor, mixing Asian flavors with “American” favorites.  GENIUS! Okay, enough talking, here is how you do it:

  1. Whisk together everything but the beef until it is well incorporated.  Note:  If you so desire, you can add some salt here…the original called for 1 tsp salt.  I thought that sounded crazy since there is a large amount of soy sauce in it.  I put in about 1/2 tsp of salt, but don’t think it needed it!
  2. Pour liquids over your beef, take off your rings, and squish it all together with your hands.  Mmmmmm teryaki hands!
  3. Form into patties, I made 4!
  4. Heat a saute pan or grill pan (or outdoor grill when it FINALLY gets to summer 🙂 ) to medium, and cook about 5 minutes per side…but really, however long to get it to your favorite “doneness.”  If I remember right, I believe ours were about medium 🙂
  5. Top with things you love!  Tomatoes?  Onions?  Sauteed onions and mushrooms?  Cheddar?  Bacon (turkey of course, if you’re trying to be good :P)?  Lettuce?  Pickles?  If you don’t care about gluten, carbs, or grains…go ahead and eat it on a bun!  But really…try the patty before you do that since it’s a powerful flavor, you may just wanna eat it as is like I did 😉  Oh I do so hope you love this recipe 🙂

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