Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chicken Chili Lime Burgers

With spring in full swing, weeknights have been becoming very hectic around here.  Therefore, I've constantly been trying to search for or create recipes, that are quick, easy, healthy, and of course, tasty.  One such meal, that always seems to be a success around here, are homemade burgers!  I absolutely love being able to create my own hamburger (chicken) patties; mostly because the possibility of flavor combinations are endless, (or at least they seem to be) and I appreciate any chance I get that allows me to be creative! 

Chicken Chili Lime Burgers

1 lb. ground chicken
1 green onion, chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lime cut in half
4 slices reduced fat, pepper jack cheese
4 buns, toasted

In a medium/large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, green onion, red bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, and the juice from half a lime. 

Using clean hands thoroughly mix all the ingredients together.  Form the mixture into 4 patties, and lightly spray each side with a little cooking spray.

Heat a grill, griddler (fitted with grill attachment), or grill skillet over medium-high heat.  Grill the burgers for about 4-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked all the way through.  Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger and then cover with a large pot lid for about a minute.  This will help melt the cheese.  Once ready, remove the burgers from the grill and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes.  Serve immediately on toasted buns, garnished with your choice of toppings.

Optional garnish ideas:
Lettuce                                    Onion
Tomato                                    Salsa

Last summer, I posted a recipe for my homemade jalapeno-cheddar burgers, which in my opinion, were to die for. To this day, those burgers are still my absolute favorite (mostly because I love cheddar and jalapenos); however, this new recipe comes in a very close second, which really says a lot. Even Jeff, who's a picky eater, and hates red peppers, devoured the entire burger.  Jeff even ate all the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Source: Iowa Girl Eats


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