Monday, June 3, 2013

California Chicken Burgers

I don't know what it is lately, but I feel like there have been some pretty rock stellar recipes on this blog lately. I'm not meaning to brag. It really has been great to be back into the blogging/ recipe flow. Some of the recipes as of late, have not been the most healthy. There has been a lot of celebrating with the start of summer vacay, the Bear's birthday, etc. This burger, however, is pretty healthy and it's not just because of the chicken.

Let me explain. There are some hidden super foods mixed into the ground chicken. Some of you might be asking, "Sara, what is it with you and all these super foods?" Well, they wouldn't be called super foods if there weren't some pretty amazing benefits to eating them. Here, lean protein is mixed with ground edamame and mushrooms to add a dose of fiber, vitamin D, and antioxidants. Top it all off with a little avocado and a special  sriracha sauce for a little California flare, and you've got one lean, mean, and green burger. Seriously, you should try this. You may be able to get your hubby to eat his veg after all.

California Chicken Burgers

For the burger:
4 gluten-free burger buns
1 lb. ground chicken breast
1/4 cup fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

For the sriracha sauce & toppings:
1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
4 lettuce leaves

Heat your grill to medium-high heat. In a food processor, process the mushrooms, edamame, and garlic until the consistency of ground meat. In a large mixing bowl, fold the mushroom mixture into the ground chicken breast until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into four equal parts. Form each part into a patty and make a small indentation in the middle of each patty with your thumb to prevent the burgers from shrinking. Place on the grill. Grill 5 minutes. Flip and grill and additional 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into one of the patties reads 165 degrees. Remove from the grill and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and sriracha sauce together until smooth. Spread as much of the sauce as desired onto the top half of your burger bun. Place burger on the other half. Add additional toppings such as the avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Place top half of bun on burger and enjoy!

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