Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chicken Tequila Burgers

These burgers have been popping up in several food blogs recently, and for good reason.  They are easy, healthy, quick, and quite tasty!  I had this recipe starred in my google reader back when Cara first made them, but they were quickly lost in its dark recesses, seeing as how I probably star 10 recipes a day.  Then Annie made them, and I was given the reminder I needed to try them.  I actually made them over a month ago, but wanted to save them to post once the weather was nice and hot (like today - I think we hit 90 in Atlanta)!!

Like I said, these are super easy to throw together.  I pretty much always have everything needed for the burgers.  I had never made ground chicken in my food processor before, but it was really easy and kind of fun.  I actually prefer doing this now, as it is chicken breasts and chicken breasts only - no extra hidden parts like there might be in ground chicken.  I loved the flavor of the tequila, and the slight spice from the jalapeno.  I served them with some grilled peppers and onions, and made a quick cilantro-lime ketchup to top them. 

So if you are ready to break out your grill, give these a try.  They are a fun and easy alternative to classic burgers.

Chicken Tequila Burgers
adapted from Annie's Eats, originally from Cara's Cravings
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, roughly chopped
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb total)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1-1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/3-1/2 cup panko
To serve:
  • burger buns
  • sauteed peppers and onions
  • cilantro-lime ketchup (ketchup + 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro + juice of half a lime)
Process the garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno in the food processor until finely chopped.

Cut the chicken breasts into chunks, and add to the food processor.  Add the lime zest and juice, tequila, soy sauce, panko, salt, and pepper.  Pulse until the chicken is uniformly ground and all the ingredients are well mixed.

Form into 3-4 patties.

Prepare grill, and grill 5-7 minutes per side, or until burgers are cooked through.  Serve with desired toppings.


Cara said...

Glad you liked them! And thanks for the reminder, I need to make them again soon too, I am totally craving them now :)

Jade said...

These look so good. Definetly going on the menu!

TheDales said...

Yum! My husband and I made these for dinner on Wednesday night and they were such a great alternative to a fatty burger!

I do have one question...in your picture you show what appears to be roasted potatoes that are perfectly crispy on all edges - how do you do this? I am a potato fanatic but never can get my potatoes crispy on all edges and fluffy inside - which is what I LOVE. Do you cook yours on a sheet pan or in a baking dish?

Josie said...

The Dales,
I toss the sweet potatoes in plenty of olive oil and then season them, bake them at 400 (or maybe 425, I can't recall off hand), and stir them a few times as they cook. I think they cook for about 20-30 minutes. I cook them on a baking sheet. The key is to make sure it is well oiled, and to stir every 7-10 minutes. Hope that helps!

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