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My Kind of Burger

May 07,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

I love burgers, but I am not that into beef. I do a lot of turkey burgers, but recently I discovered that ground chicken grills up much better and tastier than the more popular turkey burger. These chicken burgers are my new favorite. They are a spin on Asian barbecue, with lots of rich and bold flavors. If you assemble the mixture in the morning during breakfast time, the flavors of the burger come alive as they marinade within the ground chicken. The result? Burger nirvana. Sesame Ginger Chicken Burgers 1 pound ground chicken ¼ cup minced chives (or use very finely minced green onions) ½ cup panko or regular breadcrumbs 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Sliced dill pickles (optional) Radish or carrot slices (optional) Fresh cilantro (optional) Hamburger Buns (preferably whole wheat) Place the ground chicken in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the chives, panko, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce and pepper. Add the mixture to the chicken and mix well (hands work best, just wash them after you are done!). If the mixture seems to “wet,” add a few more tablespoons of panko/breadcrumbs. Form into 6 patties. Grill well…and serve with any optional toppings you wish. Serves 4-6. The whole family loved these, including the two Sweet Pea boys. A definite "make-again." In fact, I am already plotting when to work these into our meal plan again soon. SPC