We ALL love burgers, the are classic American comfort food for sure. And after an amazing day of eating our way through our local India Festival 2011, we figured what better than to end the day. Now, I want to explain why this works. Chicken, as you know is a very lean meat & true burgers are about 20% fat. So in order to make this work, all I did is replace some of the fat with a good quality mayonnaise, this is key (and no miracle whip, please). You will get the consistency of a wet meat loaf that doesn't form a shape, very easily. Don't worry, let the skillet do the work for ya & it will come out perfect, I promise. Once it hits that hot pan, it flattens out. This burger was juicy, had the perfect buffalo flavor without being too spicy, creamy coolness from the sour cream & a nice bite from the blue cheese. We LOVED it & couldn't get enough, can't wait to make this again!!!
1/2 lb ground chicken
3 tablespoons hot sauce sauce (Frank's is perfect)
2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
1/2 tsp celery salt
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 medium garlic cloves, grated
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Toppings: sour cream, blue cheese crumbles, red onions
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a medium bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients (everything but the oil & toppings). It will look like a big blob & almost have the consistency of a wet meat loaf.
In an oven safe skillet over medium high heat, add oil til it begins to sizzle. It wouldn't allow me to form patties in my hand (like a regular burger) so I made them into a ball, placed it in the skillet & gently pushed it down with the back of a spatula (as it began to cook) & it worked perfect. Cook for 4 mins on each side. Then slide in oven for 10 mins or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Let rest for 5 mins.
Toast buns with a little butter & layer up with red onions on bottom, then the burger, blue cheese, a few extra dashes of hot sauce & finally a smear of sour cream on the top bun. Serve with fries & ENJOY!!!
Makes 2 servings