Let’s be honest. I love a good burger.
Recently, I admitted to Adam that I frequent the In n’ Out drive-through
once a week every once in a while. He asked if that was my biggest secret in life and I said yes. Then he laughed at me for about five minutes straight. Umm…I can’t stand their fries but love their cheeseburgers! So when I go, I get my cheeseburger and large iced tea and then sit in the quiet of my car for ten minutes relishing every bite. If you’ve never tried In n’ Out therapy, I highly recommend it. It could change your life…or your week.
But when I’m not stuffing my face with hamburgers in secret, I make slightly healthier (okay, a lot healthier) burgers at home. These lean chicken burgers are packed with delicious Indian flavor from jalapenos, ginger, garam masala and cilantro! So good. And SO easy! You can have this dinner on the table in fifteen minutes if you hustle — a food processor helps the process get going but isn’t mandatory.
If chicken isn’t your thing, use turkey…or beef!
I’d like to work on developing a vegan variation of this recipe just because the flavors are so great — I would hate anyone to miss out on these.
And if spice ain’t your thang, don’t fret. Despite using the entire jalapeno, they really aren’t all that spicy.
The real spice in jalapenos comes from the pith (the white inner membrane of the pepper) and, of course, the seeds. Removing both of those helps cut down on the heat factor. But, if you’re like me and a total spicy freak, you’ll load your burger down with sriracha sauce anyway.
For ultimate burger therapy, eat alone in your car with the music blasting and a tall iced tea.
Indian Spiced Chicken Burgers
makes 4 large burgers
1 lb ground chicken
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (small handful)
1 inch knob fresh ginger
1/4 of a large yellow onion,
3 tsp garam masala
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
buns for serving
Place the seeded jalapeno, cilantro, ginger and onion in the bowl of a small food processor and pulse till finely minced. Alternatively, you could mince everything by hand.
Add the ground chicken, egg, panko, salt and garam masala to the vegetable mixture and mix well to combine.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat on the stove. Form patties out of the meat mixture and place in the skillet. Cook for about 6 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.
Serve chicken burgers on toasted whole grain buns with ketchup, pickles and lettuce.