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Thai Chicken Burgers

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken (I use white, dark is preferred)
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (use panko or home-made)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (cottage cheese can be used – just whir it up in the blender)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, zested (use the juice for the slaw)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (use a bird chili if you like more heat)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, optional
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 burger buns for serving
  • lime wedges for serving

Instructions

Place ground chicken in a medium-sized bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, ricotta, green onions, lime zest, jalapeno, cilantro, and ginger. Add salt and pepper and mix together. Add to the bowl with the ground chicken and work it through, using clean hands, until well-distributed throughout the chicken.

Form into four patties. The patties will be very soft and somewhat sticky. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes if time allows; the rest is highly recommended if grilling. If you’re wondering about the flavor (does it need more of this or that) you can take about a tablespoon full and do a quick fry for tasting purposes.)

When ready to cook, add oil to pan and heat to medium-high. Add chicken burgers and cook about 4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn and reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until temperature reaches 165 degrees.

If grilling, preheat grill to medium high, clean and oil the grate and grill, turning once until the temperature is 165 degrees.

Serve on buns, with lime on the side.

Keywords: Asian, Bargain Meal of the Week, breadcrumbs, Burgers, Cheese, Chicken, Green Onion, Ground Chicken or Turkey, Hot Peppers, Jalapeno, Lime, Ricotta, Thai

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