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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

 Shhh! ……….I don’t want to say this too loud, but I think the weather is taking a turn ……for the better 🙂

That means its time to dust off (maybe you will still have to shovel,depending on where you live) the grill. An nice burger on the grill would really hit the spot, huh????

Maybe this Apple Bacon Chicken Burger would be just the ticket. I said it a million…slight exaggeration …….times but I love ground chicken for a burger in place of turkey. For me, it has a better flavor, but if you are a lover of the turkey, please substitute it in this recipe.

As anyone who has used ground chicken (or turkey) knows it can be a little dry, but in the case of this burger the add ins make it nice and juicy. One other tip, I know its poultry and you do need to cook it through, but do not over cook it. If you do, no matter what you have added, it will be dry. A little bit of bacon, onion, sage and maple syrup add a nice flavor to the burger and a topping of Maple Dijon sauce and grilled granny smith apples and wow!!!

Tim and I love burgers and we will be adding more burger’s like the Apple Bacon Chicken Burger as the weather improves………we may even end up with our first e-book on Burgers……….Boyd’s Book of Burgers…….I like the sound of that . So stay tuned for more burger recipes and maybe that e-book.

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Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

Apple Bacon Chicken Burger

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, and cut into 12 wedges
  • 4 hamburger or kaiser buns, lightly toasted

Instructions

  1. Dice bacon and cook in a small skillet until crisp. Remove from pan to drain on paper toweling. Add onions to bacon drippings and saute until lightly browned. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Combine, ground chicken, bacon, onion, sage, 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, salt and pepper. Mix well and divide into 4 burgers.
  3. Place the burger on a grill pan or outdoor grill coated with non-stick cooking spray. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, toss apple wedges with remaining 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Grill the apple slices until you have nice grill marks.
  5. To assemble the burgers place burger on bottom half of bun. Top with Maple Dijon Sauce (see recipe below), top with grilled apples and top half of bun.
  6. Maple Dijon Sauce:
  7. Mix together 3 tablespoons mayo or salad dressing, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and 1 small shallot( about 3 teaspoons). Serve with Apple Bacon Burger.

Keywords: ground chicken, apple, maple syrup, mustard, burger, grill

 

Tandoori Chicken Burgers

Tandoori Chicken Burgers

Tandoori Chicken Burger

The weather might be trying to keep a foothold in winter but, I am ready for Spring!!! This winter has been sooooo long, cold and snowy. I am not a huge winter weather lover, but this year was about more than a girl could stand. I will be putting my boots and winter coat away and no matter what happens, I will not put them on again until November!!!!!

Now, my rant is over, on to Spring talk…….I am ready to grill again. I know…….you can grill all winter if you want too, but, I don’t like to be cold ,so I AM NOT going to stand outside in the cold to grill. Sorry I think that was a rant again…….

Burgers, they beg to be grilled. I did not grill this burger, but will most certainly be making the Tandoori Chicken Burgers again very soon…… on the grill….did you hear that Mother Nature?

I have seen these burgers made with lamb, beef, or chicken, but in an effort to begin eating better, I chose chicken. The bread is Naan, an Indian flatbread, instead of a traditional bun. I am sure you can make the bread yourself, but I have found it readily available at the grocery store.

The Tandoori Chicken Burger is flavor packed, and topped with cucumber, red onion, cilantro and a cool yogurt sauce. Wrapped in the Naan, it makes a healthy alternative to a regular burger.

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Tandoori Chicken Burger

Tandoori Chicken Burgers

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • Burgers:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 4 green onions
  • 3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Naan bread
  • cucumber
  • cilantro
  • red onion sliced thinly
  • Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 small container fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken and spices in a large bowl. Mix well. Form into 4 patties.
  2. Place yogurt, mint, cumin, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir together. Set aside.
  3. Slice cucumbers, red onions, and lightly chop cilantro. Set aside.
  4. Cook burgers on a preheated grill over medium-medium high grill. About 3 minutes per side. You can cook inside in a large skillet also. Grill Naan bread or warm in a skillet or grill pan.
  5. Top the burgers with a few sliced cucumbers, red onion, and a generous handful of cilantro.
  6. Add the yogurt sauce and serve.

Keywords: ground chicken, green onions, ginger, lemon, paprika, cumin, cardamon, Naan, cucumber, cilantro, greek yogurt

 

Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

Pretzel Burger

I just couldn’t wait to post this!!!! I must say in all my years of cooking this is by far the best burger I have ever made!!!

The new craze is the pretzel bun, you see it on commercials and in restaurants………so, after the success of my post for Auntie Anne’s Pretzels:Copycat Recipe I wanted to find a way to use the recipe again. So, instead of pretzels………..pretzel buns. They were easy to make and turned out awesome.

I remembered hearing something about beer cheese from one of my cousins who used to live in ……….where else……..Wisconsin. If memory serves……which it doesn’t always at my age………..he said it was served with a burger.

Ok……so I had the bun, the burger, and the cheese, but what for the topping? I love grilled onions on a burger , and since I was only using part of a beer for the cheese, I figured I would use the rest for the onions. Yum!!!! The whole thing came together in total harmony. Now the only thing that may have made this just a bit more awesome would be if the burgers were grilled. Since neither Tim nor I are the “grill no matter the weather type” we did them on a flat griddle. Of course there is something to be said about a burger on a flat grill. “Flat-Top” burgers remind me of the old ‘Pro Shop” in Sterling, Illinois. They served up the best burger, until the unfortunate fire that destroyed the business. But, the memory can never be destroyed.

However you chose to prepare your Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger it will be a burger that you will not forget, and will make again and again……….I know we will!

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Beer Cheese Pretzel Burger

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Burger
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • For the beer cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 bottle beer
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • For the beer-caramelized onions
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • Salt and garlic pepper
  • For the burgers
  • 2 burger patties cooked to your liking
  • 2 pretzel buns (I made mine from the my Auntie Anne’s Pretzels-Copycat recipe)

Instructions

  1. Beer cheese:
  2. Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat
  3. When it bubbles and foams, add the flour and whisk together to form a paste.
  4. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture turns from white to light tan.
  5. Gradually whisk in the beer and slowly add the cheese, continuing to whisk until you have a thick cheese sauce. Stir in hot sauce if using. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use (you may have to reheat it to top the burger).
  6. Beer caramelized-onions:
  7. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then add the onions, sugar , and beer. Cook onions over low to medium low heat until caramelized, about 20-25 minutes.
  8. To Assemble:
  9. Place a patty on the bottom half of the bun.
  10. Dollop generously with warm beer cheese and top with half the caramelized onions.
  11. Top with the other half of the bun and serve with fries.

Notes

We used some of the beer cheese to dip our fries………

Prep and cooking time does not include making the pretzel buns.

Keywords: pretzel bun, burger, beer cheese, onions,