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Homemade hamburger with bacon and blue cheese

Homemade chickenburger with bacon and blue cheese |

What on earth is in my burger??

Since we did our last whole30 – a while back already – I pay a bit more attention to everything that is in my food. And of course I am not talking about the things we make at home from scratch because I am the one who puts stuff in it, but I am talking about ready made convenience products that we all buy in the supermarket. Take ground beef for instance. I always figured that meat would be meat and I still remember that first time I looked at the list of ingredients on a package of meatloaf… Most I couldn’t even pronounce! There is a big difference between various supermarkets and even within the supermarket so it pays to have a good look. And I am not even talking about preservatives here… meat grinder from Kitchen Aid

Now you probably know that I looooove my Kitchen Aid and for a while now I’ve been wanting to get a meatgrinder with it. It’s one of those attachments they have and as you can see it is in ‘da house’! I’ve used it already quite a few times. Before I had it I used to make my chickenburgers in the kitchenprocessor and that works as well, but the texture of the meat is significantly different. The fun part is that you can also put in things like spring onions or chilis and it will grind it all together. Perfect!

Chicken burger with bacon and blue cheese |

Of course you still need to mix in things like salt and other spices you might want to add, but that is normal, I’d think. I always use chicken thighs for burgers as you need a bit of fat to make the burger edible. If you use only lean meat it would become too dry. It’s sort of essential (as I quickly learned!) to chop the meat into manageable pieces before putting it in the machine. Apparently it also helps if the meat is really cold when you put it in. Also clean it straight away. You don’t want stuff stuck and dried in there! Now that is true for all kitchen appliances but mostly so for meat grinding things.

This burger, I can tell you, was fan-tas-tic and you can expect to see some more good meat balls and burgers pass by in the coming time! We have wild plans!

I've given you here the recipe for the burger itself only. What you use as topping is entirely up to you. I melted a slice of gorgonzola here, baked some crispy bacon and added roasted peppers. This is all combined with the best chipotle sauce ever and the recipe for that you can find  here


  • 500 gram chicken thigh fillet (no bone)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tsp piccadillo herb mixture (kind of moroccon flavored spicemix)


  1. Peel the garlic cloves and remove the outside of the spring onions if it is a little sandy. Wash and dry.
  2. Remove the seeds from the jalapeno and cut the chicken thighs in smaller pieces so you can let the machine do it's job.
  3. Turn on the machine and add the chicken, garlic, jalapeno and the spring onions into it. If you don't have a grinder, you can just use the food processor.
  4. Mix the meat with the piccadillo and a bit of salt and pepper. Shape into burger and bake in a pan.

About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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  • Great looking burger! We have a meat grinder attachment for our mixer, too, and really like it. Your own ground meat tastes so much better than what you buy int he store, doesn’t it? Good post — thanks.

  • I have the KitchenAid meat grinder also but I have in addition the sausage stuffer for making my own sausage, pasta extruder plates, pasta maker attachment and all the pasta rollers (you can’t add to your pasta when using the extruder plates but can add seeds, herbs and spices with the rollers). One of my most favorite ways to make hamburgers is to grind one pound of beef with one pound of bacon to make 50/50 burgers. They have a very juicy bacon flavor.

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