Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jerk Chicken Burgers

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Now onto the burgers.  I am slowly but surely getting around to sharing the courses from my beer pairing dinner.  I had originally planned to pair the Sweetwater IPA with grilled jerk chicken, but I had a stroke of genius and decided to turn it into sliders.  I used a jerk chicken recipe and adapted into burger patties, then grilled them and served with pineapple-papaya salsa.  I love serving sliders because I think they are so fun and cute, and they were perfect for our multi-course dinner.  Plus, I got to make slider buns, which I love!

These had the perfect amount of heat, and they were balanced by the cinnamon and allspice in the recipe and the sweet salsa that accompanied them.  A huge perk was also prepping them ahead of time and allowing them to marinate; then I just had to throw them on the grill when it was time to eat.  Perfect for lazy summer entertaining!

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Jerk Chicken Sliders
jerk marinade adapted from Gourmet, May 2002
makes 4 burgers
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4-5 habanero chiles, seeds and ribs removed, minced and divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
Whisk together the lime juice, soy sauce, olive oil, salt, brown sugar, half the garlic, the onion, and half the habanero peppers.  Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.

Transfer the chicken to large bowl.  Combine the scallions, the remaining garlic, remaining habaneros, thyme, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pour over the ground chicken and knead gently to combine.  Shape into 4-5 patties, and transfer to the marinade.  Gently turn several times to cover the meat well, then cover and refrigerate for several hours.

Prepare Grill.  Remove burgers from marinade and grill until cooked through, 5-7 minutes per side, turning once.  Serve with Pineapple-Papaya salsa.

Pinapple-Papaya Salsa
adapted from Gourmet, May 2002
  • 2 pounds fresh papaya, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple (about 1/2 small)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.  Cover and refrigerate several hours, or overnight, to allow flavors to meld.  Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary before serving.


Ashley said...

Love the new layout!

Cara said...

I love your new design! And of course, these chicken burgers sound fantastic. I'm a big fan of making not-your-traditional-burgers and these certainly need to go on my list!

Karla said...

I LOVE your makeover!!!! Very much!! Ok, I am going to post this comment, so I can get back to checking out your new features!

Dot said...

Awesome idea--I love unusual burgers... (and I think we have that beer in our fridge right now, so, perfect!)

PS I've included this in a 4th of July ideas round up on foodwhirl: - thanks for sharing it...


Anonymous said...

These look delicious! I've been loving turkey burgers lately as an alternative to beef, but am definitely bookmarking this to try :) Thanks for sharing!!

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