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!!

Quick Note…a Tasty Taco Seasoning Recipe

I am just giving all my faithful followers a quick little post, because I have to run out the door and get groceries before our youth group summer kick off barbecue! That is…if I can stand up. This warm blanket, cuddley puppy, and the fact that I ran 5 miles this morning are not helping. Ha!!

So, if you have read my posts for long, you will know that I despise the fact that there is so much hidden crap in so many innocent looking foods. One of which is the taco seasoning packets. I haven’t done the research to figure out what is actually in there…partly just because I don’t wanna know…but I’m sure it’s not good.

However. Pretty easy fix. Turns out you can get a close flavor more customized to your likes…and from stuff you should have right in your cabinets!!! I thought I would share with you the recipe that I have been using the past month or so. Good old allrecipes.com to the rescue!!

So, without further ado…here ya go! Click here to see my discovery!! Much better than the packets, and you can play with it to make it what you like. I haven’t gone as far as to make my own garlic powder and spices yet…but I believe this is a step in the right direction 🙂 Enjoy!

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Sassy Mexi Fish!!!

So, I was intrigued by the ingredients in this recipe!!  It looked kinda strange…and because of what we had available, instead of getting fresh red snapper like the recipe called for, we had to get some frozen fish that I had never heard of.   On top of that, the directions weren’t perfectly clear.   I was a little excited to try it, but mostly not expecting much because of those things.  HA!  Boy, were those thoughts dumb!!!  This was dang delicious, and the flavors were so FANTASTIC, things I never would have thought to put together and they make a beautiful blend of flavor that makes your taste buds very happy, happy, happy.  I wish I could describe to you the wonderful uniqueness of it…but it’s one of those things where words just fail you ;P  So please…try it out and let me know how you like it!!! 😉

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So, here’s what you need:

  • 4 fillets of your favorite white fish, or red snapper (about 24 oz of fish)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (may need more)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh chopped or paste
  • Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Avocado, sliced

“Cinnamon?!” you say?  Yes you read that right!!! It’s FANTASTIC!

Note:  This takes some “marinating” of a sort so be ready to do one quick step a couple of hours before!!

And here’s how you do it 🙂

  1. Lay out your fish fillets on a cookie sheet or plate, and rub with lime juice.  Let it sit in the fridge for several hours.  (Two confessions…first, I didn’t measure the lime juice…I had a bottle of it and I just doused the fillets haha.  Second…mine ended up sitting in the fridge covered in lime for 24 hours…sometimes things just don’t go as planned.  But it turned out great because it caused that lime flavor to be rich throughout every bite of fish.  YUMMY!)
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and oil a baking dish.  Set aside.
  3. Melt about a Tablespoon of coconut oil in a saute pan over high heat.  Toss in your fish for a second and get a nice little sear, or at least so it’s starting to get some color.  Transfer it to your baking dish.
  4. Add your remaining Tbsp of coconut oil to the pan.  Saute your onions until beginning to turn translucent.  Make sure you scrape up all the bits of browned goodness the fish left behind.  Add your garlic and cook about 30 seconds longer.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients except the avocado, along with one last squeeze of lime.  Stir it up, bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer until it reduces and looks like the tomatoes are starting to break down.
  6. Spoon the sauce over the waiting fish fillets, and put it in the oven until done.  The amount of time is going to differ depending on what kind of fish you got, and how thick the fillets are.  The original recipe says it will take 25 minutes, mine probably took closer to 15 because of how thin the fillets were.  Basically you just want to cook it until it flakes easily with a fork 🙂
  7. Top with avocado slices.  First I just did this to make it look pretty.  Then I ate a bite with the avocado…and knew that this recipe should never be made without it!!  It works beautifully 🙂  Please enjoy!! 😀

A recipe in pictures:

Mexi Fish 1Saute your onions.  Look at those wonderful crusty bits left over from the fish!!!  I was so excited to scrape up those little pieces of heavenly flavor!!!

Mexi Fish 2Add everything else and watch the sauce simmer away!!!

Mexi Fish 3Top your fish with that wonderful sauce!!!

Mexi Fish 4Top with avocado, and a slice of lime if you want!!!

Mexi Fish 6Admire how pretty it is!!!  (Don’t those roasted veggies in the background look delicious too?!  Well, they were…be watching for that recipe soon!!)