Apr 23
BBQ Chicken Burgers2 Comments

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In some areas, grilling season has officially arrived. In my household, it is in full swing. I love the return of grilling and will most definitely grill until the last possible Fall day until I can’t take the chill anymore. A few weekends ago, I decided to plan our first Sunday night grill session and with my luck the weather forecast ended up predicting rain. I was so disappointed because I was really looking forward to spending the evening outside with Blair.
God apparently knew how much I was looking forward to this so he ended up holding off the rain and we had a lovely evening. I am really glad that I decided to kick off my grill season with these burgers. They have been on my to make list for quite some time. I must say I was very hesitant at first to make them because I have had some bad experiences with ground chicken being overly dry. These burgers were definitely an exception. The addition of the cornmeal may sound like an interesting one, but I think it really helped keep them juicy and put together. The BBQ sauce in the burgers, glazed on the burgers, and used as a topping also made them really delightful. The original recipe called for leftover pulled pork to make them even more decadent, but since I didn’t have any I skipped that step. I am sure that addition would just take these to a whole new level. It is going to be tough to top these burgers this spring/summer, but I will happily make them for us many more times.

PS Yes those are tater tots, and yes I will be sharing the recipe on Wednesday!

BBQ Chicken Burgers

For the BBQ sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp very finely chopped (or grated) onion
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
Hot sauce, to taste

For the burgers:

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal
1 scallion, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Pinch cayenne
2 tsp brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped pulled pork (optional)
5 tbsp BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought), divided

For serving:
Grilled red onion slices
Sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
Additional bbq sauce
Hamburger buns

What you’ll do:

To make the sauce:
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook the sauce about 7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be reduced down to approximately 1 cup. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until ready to use. The sauce will keep, refrigerated, for about 1 week.

To make the burgers:
Prepare grill. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cornbread, scallion, cilantro, paprika, garlic, mustard, salt, cayenne, brown sugar, pork, and 2 tablespoons of the bbq sauce. Lightly but thoroughly mix with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients. Set aside the remaining 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce for brushing, save the rest for topping.

Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties. Brush the grates of the grill with olive oil. Place the burgers and onions on the grill, and cook the burgers 5-6 minutes, then flip. Turn the onions also. Brush the cooked sides with half the reserved BBQ sauce. After 3-4 minutes, flip the burgers again, glazing the other side with the remaining BBQ sauce. Place a slice of cheese on each burger, and lay the buns, cut side down, on the grill. Close the lid and allow the cheese to melt and the buns to toast.

Remove all the food from the grill, assembling the burgers as desired. Serve with additional BBQ sauce if desired.

Source: As seen on Smells Like Home, originally from Pink Parsley

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2 Responses to BBQ Chicken Burgers

  1. Oh vau, looks soo tasty :)

  2. I think I’m trying these tonight :)

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