This time of year, I love to cook on the grill. It keeps the heat out of the house and there’s fewer pots to clean!
To me, nothing says summer like a good burger grilled to perfection. But since I’m trying to watch how many calories I eat, I usually opt for ground chicken instead of ground beef. The problem with ground chicken is that it doesn’t have a lot of flavor, so it needs some help to make it into a good burger. That’s where this Lemon Cilantro Chicken Burger recipe comes in handy…the extra spices definitely make for one tasty burger!
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Makes: 4 burgers
What You Need
1 pound ground chicken
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon of dried cilantro
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Pots and Utensils:
Putting It Together
1. Pre-heat the grill. Using a non-stick grill spray* on the grates will help prevent the burgers from sticking.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. I usually start by mixing with a large spoon, and then use my hands to finish the job…it’s easier to get everything well mixed that way.
3. Form patties out of the meat. You should be able to make at least 4 patties (and I have made as many as 6 patties if I was making small ones).
4. Grill the patties over medium high heat for about 6 minutes per side, or until they are no longer pink inside. Do not press the burgers down with a spatula…that will squeeze the juice out of them and make them dry.
Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite condiments!