More Cluck for Your Buck

A twist on an icon, the chicken burger is wildly versatile. It can take on just about any flavor you add to it.  And can we start with the fact that a typical chicken burger has about 150 less calories than its beef counterpart? Find out what I did to mine to pack it full of veggies and imbibe it with a fuller flavor! Fire up your grill and practice your best cluck!

The burger:

1/2 lb of ground chicken

1 bell pepper, diced

half of a sweet onion, diced

one egg

palm full of bread crumbs

1 tbsp of dried marjoram

1 tbsp of dried basil

salt and pepper to taste

Toss it all in a bowl and give it a quick mix. This mix should make 2 large burgers, or 4 sliders. Grill them for a few minutes on each side until the interior of the burger reaches 165 degrees F.

I dressed the burgers with crumbled blue cheese and caramelized onions. The play of earthy and sweet has become a popular flavor profile in my house!

I used a whole wheat bun, topped with mayo, lettuce and tomato. The burgers remained moist because of the peppers and onions and were full of flavor.

How could I make dinner even better for us? How about adding charred asparagus and 5 minute creamed spinach!

Don’t like the strong taste of asparagus? Try white asparagus. White asparagus is covered and shielded from the sun which keeps it from turning green. This results in a lighter, sweeter stalk.

How did I make 5 minute creamed spinach? Sweat a diced shallot in a frying pan over medium heat. Add two large handfuls of spinach to the pan and allow to wilt. Once wilted, turn off the heat and add two tablespoons of light cream cheese. Stir and serve immediately! 

As you can see, we are enjoying the warm nights on the patio! What summertime foods are a must on your grill?

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “More Cluck for Your Buck

  1. Jana

    my current grilling addiction is squash, eggplant, shitake mushrooms and asparagus, brushed lightly with olive oil. Throw some garlic in.. so good !!

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