Homemade Spicy Chicken Burgers - Who says chicken can't be spicy on the grill?
As a person who cannot eat beef, there would be little choice for me on the barbecue, other than the store bought chicken burgers, or chicken breasts. But then I started using this great recipe for homemade spicy chicken burgers. They actually have a "tandoori" flavor to them. You can add more or less of the spices, depending on your tastes.
You can buy ground chicken right along side the ground beef. This great recipe is not just for people who can't eat beef. I know many red meat lovers who like these homemade spicy chicken burgers. Ground chicken is now in most grocery stores.
Things You Will Need
Here is what you need:
1/4 cup of fine bread crumbs
2 teaspoons of curry powder
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound uncooked ground chicken (not frozen)
2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
garnishes for your burger on the bun.
In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, the curry powder, salt and the cayenne pepper. Then add the ground chicken and the yogurt, mix all of this well. Now shape into burgers with your hands or a burger maker. I like to make them about 3/4 inches thick. Make sure to wash your hands and any utensils and cutting board, as you should always be careful with raw chicken or poultry.
Put the burgers on the grill. Grill for about 18 minutes, making sure to turn the burgers as needed. With chicken you have to make sure it is fully cooked, If you don't want to cut into one, you can use a meat thermometer, that should register 168 degrees. (Most meat thermometers will show a picture of a chicken, you can go by that). Once cooked serve your homemade spicy chicken burgers with a nice salad.
You will not need to smother these burgers in condiments, the taste stands alone! They are good. No more bland chicken burgers.
You can also make this recipe with ground turkey. It tastes good too! If you are looking for lower fat dinners, or are just wanting to get away from red meat. Consider using ground chicken in meat loaves, spaghetti sauce, lasagna and more. If you use extra spices you wouldn't even know it was chicken!
A good side salad to have with these homemade spicy chicken burgers, is a quick cucumber salad. Take a cucumber and cut into chunks, then cut up some good red tomatoes into chunks, mix them together with a bottled Greek feta salad dressing, and crumble some feta cheese on top. This tastes great. Make the salad before you start grilling so that the vegetables have a chance to absorb the dressing. It tastes great along side this burger.
Another great way to use the above recipe, is to make the meat mixture and form into meatballs. You can cook these and then freeze them or use them in any of your recipes that call for meat balls. The curry adds great flavor and the cayenne pepper add zip!