Little call to action.. 😉 I am entering a burger contest with this burger and the big price is a Green Egg, so eh… you get the picture. I would really love to win it. So if you can vote for me here, I would be eternally gratefull.
I am getting onto slippery ground here, so maybe all ‘dudes’ should look into the other direction for my version of the ultimate burger. Or maybe you should have a good look, because this is really a fabulous burger, if I may say so myself. Looking for inspiration for THE burger on Pinterest I saw a lot of burgers, but to be honest most pictures didn’t immediately make me want to go and eat them. Some where literally too horrible to look at. And sure you can stuff a burger with just about any topping you can think of but will that make it delicious? I don’t think so.
So I closed Pinterest and with notebook in hand, chewing on my pen, I came to the following combination. Chickenburger, because it is something else from the ever present beef, but made with chicken thighs as a chickenfilet tends to get too dry for my taste and you need a little fat in your burger. Stuffing the chicken with chipotle (as I seem to be on a chipotle mission lately), smoked paprika and some herbs… Than – to not make it too spicy – I added a good chunky guacamole, cheddar cheese ofcourse and a large spoon of Hellmann’s. Because that really finishes any burger. That and a little bit of ketchup.
I had to shoot the burger first ofcourse even though I would have loved to sink my teeth in it straight away. And it didn’t disappoint at all, even though it was somewhat cooled when I started eaten it. But I am kind of used to that. Lol… A small tip for dressing your burger.
Start with a crispy toasted hamburger bun. Spread the bottom with a good spoon of Hellmann’s and add your salad leave on top. Continue with the other toppings according to the recipe and end with ketchup and again a large spoon of Hellmann’s. Why? Because the taste of Hellmann’s is a perfect compliment to this burger. It’s a little bit salty so I didn’t use too much salt in the burger itself.
O and… if my burger is picked as the best burger than I can win a Green Egg.. 😉 So if I can convince you all to vote?.. Please? Because Tom can really use a Green Egg for his Dude Food Tuesday!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hellmann’s but all opinions are – as always – my own plus I have been using Hellmann’s for years (have a look around at the side) so that hasn’t changed!
Chicken burger with guacamole and chipotle
- 500 gram chicken thigh meat
- 2 large chipotle peppers (I used the ones in adobo sauce)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp of flour
- 1/2 egg
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 pinch of smoked paprika
- few tbsp of panko (= Japanese breadcrumbs)
- bacon 4 slices
- cheddar cheese 4 slices
- tomato ketchup
- pickled sweet peppers
- lettuce of your choice
- hamburger buns
- Turn on the oven to grill the bacon. You can also do this in a frying pan ofcourse, whatever you find easiest. The buns you can also grill in the oven or in a frying pan or grill pan.
- But the chicken thighs into the kitchenprocessor and add garlic, onion, salt, pepper, ginger, paprika and the chipotles to it. Process until you have a ground chicken mix that is not too fine but also not too chunky. It needs to stay together. Add a tbsp of flour and half an egg. Stir together
- Fry a little bit of the mixture (like a dime sized mini hamburger) of the chicken mixture to taste if it is to your liking. If not, add pepper or salt.
- In the meantime make your guacamole according to the recipe.
- Grill the bacon in the oven and grill the buns at the same time. Pay attention as it can go really fast all of a sudden. Let the bacon drain on kitchenpaper.
- Shape a burger of your chicken mixture. This is a little tricky because the mix is a little difficult to handle and sticky, but it will all be allright once you bake it. Lay the burger into the panko (which you put on a plate to prepare) and roll it through the crumbs.
- Heat a pan with a little oil and a bit of butter and bake the burger golden and cooked. This should take about 3-4 minutes each side. Add a bit of cheddar at the last minute and let that melt along with the burger.
- Take your roasted buns and spread the bottom with Hellmann's. Put the lettuce on top and on the lettuce add a good layer of guacamole. Put the burger on top of the guacamole and cover with the pickled peppers and the bacon. End with a good squeeze of tomato ketchup and a good spoon of Hellmann's.