i have to say rachael ray was the original inspiration behind this burger last summer when a friend and i made one of her burgers. and since we really cant eat beef in my house, mom and i are always trying to find ways to be creative with chicken, turkey or fish. this burger is probably one of my top 5 favorite things to eat. with ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley, cheese…could it get any better? you must try it…it’s so delicious.
most recipes that you’ll find tell you to add an egg with turkey or chicken burgers…i am here to tell you that that is not necessary and in fact you’ll have a better burger if you just omit it all together. the egg makes it too slimy…sick. but since chicken and turkey don’t have a lot of fat…you still need something to help bind it. that’s where the cheese comes in. sounds weird…but 1. it’s not and 2. it helps bind it all together as well as keep the burger from drying out.
the best thing about this burger is that it’s guilt-free. so here’s my best attempt to put it in recipe form::
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Burgers
1 lb. ground chicken
1 good handful of sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), chopped
1 clove of garlic
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Mix ingredients together, being careful not to overwork the meat. (Overworking the meat causes it to get gummy which in turn will make a very dry burger….eww.) Then grill ’em to perfection or saute with a little olive oil until perfectly done.
In my house, we usually top it with tomato, red onion and a lemon aioli. It makes for one great burger. Unfortunately, I started eating mine before I took a picture of it and my mom opted for a piece of sharp cheddar on hers (pictured above). Eat it however you like…just eat it.
let me know if you make them.