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Ground Chicken Burger Recipes??

Hi Chowhounds,

I have a pound of lovely ground chicken thigh meat waiting for inspiration in the fridge. I'm craving a nice juicy burger but am trying to trim up for summer, so I want to make do with the chicken instead of beef. Any recipe ideas out there?? I'm not afraid of spice, heat, or strange ingredients!


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  1. I would add a raw egg, some parsley, a little oregano, salt and pepper, and a small white onion, finely chopped. Form into four patties and fry in a non-stick pan with a tiny bit of olive oil. Eat plain, adorned with applesauce and sour cream, or leftover in an english muffin sandwich with dijon, mayo, salt, and pepper.

    1. Rosemary garlic chicken burgers. All ingredients to taste: fresh rosemary, minced garlic, dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, fresh ground pepper, a little salt and a splash of red wine vinegar. Mix it all together with the meat.

      Take a burger-sized portion and split into two. Make one half portion into a small pattie with a pocket in the middle. Put your favorite cheese in the middle (I like jarlsberg, swiss, gruyere or pepperjack) and top with the other half of the burger. Pinch the sides together so when you grill the cheese doesn't melt out.

      ED: I like these burgers on a toasted bun with a little mayo and dill pickles.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        I also feel the juiciest and best chicken burgers are the ones that are stuffed...Blue cheese or any other very strong cheese is great because a very small amount will do the trick without excess of calories. My clients love when I tell them go ahead and sprinkle that feta on your salad!!! ;-) I also sometimes stuff them with sauteed veggies, mushrooms work great!

      2. The only time I use ground chicken is when I make "blackened" chicken burgers. I use some kind of cayenne, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder and some other random spices and totally cover the burgers with the spice mix. Then I sear in a cast iron skillet and finish in the oven, as necessary. I dont even put any ketchup/mustard/mayo on this. Using thighs, they should stay pretty moist as long as you don't overcook them.

        1. I've been making these chicken burgers for years and they're always a hit. I don't happen to love peanut sauce, but my husband eats enough of it for both of us!


          1. don't forget the cumin.

            1. I think Rachael Ray has a recipe for Grilled Chicken Caesar Burgers.

              1. Well, it's probably blasphemous to even refer to these as burgers...:)....but I like to mix my ground chicken (usually I cook about a pound of meat at a time) with frozen spinach (just thawed enough to break up-probably about 1 cup for a pound ), finely chopped mushrooms (probably about 1/3 cup), finely minced onion and fresh garlic, about 1/4 cup of liquid (milk, buttermilk, broth, even just water!), 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and a good handful of minced fresh herbs (I just grab whatever looks good from the garden- my last batch had oregano, marjoram, purple basil, parsley, thyme, dill and chives). The vegetables help to lower the calories and keep things juicy (even though the thigh meat is relatively high in fat), and the liquid + breadcrumbs help to lighten the texture of the meat mixture.

                Hope your burgers turn out well!

                1. Thanks everybody for the ideas! I borrowed a little bit from several posts and the burgers were juicy and delicious. I was as satisfied as if I'd had a big beef burger.

                  I ended up using a mini food processor to blend half a red pepper, four garlic cloves, lemon olive oil, fresh rosemary, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and 1/4 cup chicken broth together. I then mixed that with the meat, an egg, and about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs.

                  When I went to turn on the grill I discovered that the tank was drained (someone forgot to turn it completely off last time...sigh) so I ended up using a grill pan. Spread a little homemade guacamole on a toasted bun with sweet onion slices and fresh tomato, and it was all fantastic.

                  Thanks again for all the ideas!

                  1. Try these:
                    From Everyday Food. I made these and they were a hit.

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                    1. re: kristyn

                      I was going to suggest that too! I just bought the Everyday Food cookbook (yes, I am a cookbook junkie) and that is one of the recipes I tagged.

                    2. Personally, I'd make sausages with mushrooms, herbs/spices of your choosing, onions, and asiago cheese... I do these by taste really...

                      1. Take the spicing for Dandan noodles ( http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip... ) and adopt that to your burger.

                        1. try onion soup mix! mix with the ground chicken and grill!!! yum =)
                          works good with ground beef too! and grill.....yum =)

                          1. I add a little bit of cottage cheese to my turkey burger mix so it should work with chicken too. You don't really taste it but makes them real moist. Maybe a couple tablespoons per pound.

                            1. I have two. My wife's asian chicken burgers, which basically taste like an amazing dumpling on a bun:


                              I then ran with this idea and went Italian with it for what I called a chicken pizza burger: