Friday, November 5, 2010

Out of Italy with Giada's Chicken Burgers

Burgers, burgers, burgers.....I seem to be craving them lately. Mini burgers, turkey burgers, and now the chicken burger. I've tried chicken burgers in the past and haven't cared for them at all, until now. Giada's Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Rosemary Mayonnaise are actually really good.

Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Basil Mayonnaise
Adapted from Giada at Home
Makes 4 burgers
Garlic-Basil Mayo:
1 cup mayo
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced (I always add more garlic and used at least 3, maybe 4)
Vegetable or canola oil, for the grill
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 sandwich rolls or burger buns
1/4 cup olive oil (I didn't use this)
1 cup arugula

For the mayo: Mix together the mayo, basil, and garlic.

For the burgers: Preheat a gas or charcoal grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grilling rack or grill pan with vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, salt, pepper, and half of the mayo mixture. Using clean hands, gently mix the ingredients and form into 4 patties, each about 1 inch thick. Grill for about 7 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.

Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil (I skipped this step) and 1 teaspoon of the mayo mixture. Grill for 1 - 2 minutes, until slightly golden.

Spread a dollop of the mayo mixture onto the bun tops and bottoms. Top each bottom with a burger, 1/4 cup of arugula, and the top half of the bun.

Giada's original recipe calls for rosemary flavored mayo. I didn't have rosemary, but I did have lots of basil. I didn't find it necessary to use 1/4 cup olive oil to grill the burger buns, so I skipped that part. I also added quite a bit more garlic to the mayo mixture. We found these burgers to be juicy, flavorful, and satisfying.
**It seems that my market frequently puts ground chicken on sale, sometimes as low as $1.99/lb. I'm not sure if this is the case in all markets, but I suspect that it might be. I'm thinking that a lot of people just don't know how to use it? In the end, it works out well for me because my husband is a big meat eater and I'm always looking for ways to cut down on the meat portion of our grocery bill. If you're like me, then this recipe, as well as Giada's Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs, are both great recipes that use ground chicken. (I've made the Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs three times in the past three weeks).

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  1. Those sound great, Kim! I used to always order turkey and chicken burgers when out to dinner, until I found out how fattening they can be! It's great to see a new way to make them myself.

    I get ground chicken and turkey at the poultry farm up the street and it's so cheap! Love that.

  2. Love the looks of this mayo! Something to remember...I think it would be great on lots of things.

    Did you find shaping burgers out of ground chicken difficult? I've never worked with it since I can't find it in my stores. Just curious if it has that "wet" feel like ground pork.

  3. These burgers are going on my list for next weeks dinners!!! Yum-o:)

  4. This looks good! I really wanted to participate in this weeks roundup but I am going on a mini vacation for the next week or so. Hopefully when I get back I can participate.

  5. oh, healthy-ish burgers? Yes, please! They sound pretty good. :)

  6. Ground lamb burgers are for sure my favorite but I love the way chicken and turkey burgers can take on so many different flavors! These sound delicious!

  7. I love this burger! The mayo sounds great and I find it quite unique that some of that gets mixed into the meat! No wonder they were juicy :o)

  8. Love these burgers Kim, especially with the mayo with basil. The garlic in the mayo will give it just the right amount of kick.

  9. I've made a few different chicken burger recipes and quite like them, I'll have to add this one to my list. I like the sounds of the basil mayo too as opposed to rosemary. I'm a burger fanatic so all I can say is YUM!

  10. I love your notes, and this looks good

  11. These look really flavorful. I think that's been my problem with chicken burgers in the past is that they always seem so....blah. Not so in this case!

  12. mmmm, you had me at garlic basil mayonnaise. these look so good, and perfect for fall!

  13. Next to Ina, Giada is my favorite female Food Network star. I don't much care for the taste of ground chicken, though we eat chicken so often we should be clucking. I would probably love these with turkey, though. The meatballs with orecchiete sound yummy.

  14. You are on a burger roll lately, ha ha. I like her version and yours.

  15. This sounds like a really good change up from the traditional beef burgers and much lighter too! I like the idea of the basil garlic mayo, it must add so much pizzazz!

  16. Sometimes its the condiment that takes a burger to the next level. This sounds really good!

  17. I have had these tagged to make too--they look really delicious. That 1/4 cup olive oil to grill the buns seems a bit crazy, I would have reduced that too. ;-)

    Thanks for sending them along to Souper Sunday!

  18. This burger sounds delicious!! I am now off to see the orichettie with chicken meatballs as well..

    Ground chicken on sale here this week.YaY!

  19. You can never go wrong with a new burger recipe!! I don't know if I've ever had a chicken burger..I will have to watch for ground chicken on sale!

  20. It's sort of combined with aioli which would certainly flavor the chicken and give it some heft. I've done turkey burgers but never chicken. Ground chicken is not cheap here but ground turkey is! Go figure! I love how you will skip a step if it seems unnecessary - I do that all the time. This seems to be our last grilling weekend for a while - maybe chicken burgers on the menu? If they come out as good as yours.

  21. Bring on the garlic i always Ad more than is in à recipe, and i also like The change to basil instead of rosemary. I'l bookmark this one and going to try orchietta with the meatballs

  22. I must confess I don't make burgers very often...of any kind. Once in a while I'll order one out. This looks great, but I think I'll try Giada's Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs first!

  23. Giada always reminds me to use arugula - I love that. And the mayo sounds delish. Great burger!

  24. Thank you so much, Kim, for making and sharing this chicken burger recipe! I love chicken, and all chicken burgers have always seemed so bland and tasteless, unless fried! So this sounds perfect for taste and helping me reduce my red meat . . . . PS: burgers are perfect anytime for this family!

  25. Kim, these look like great burgers, and I really like the idea of the basil in the mayo - personally to go with chicken I think I would prefer basil to rosemary anyway, so good sub. Must admit I don't use minced chicken too much, but I do need to try these AND the mini chicken meatballs (still have my eye on that one).
    Sue :-)

  26. I'll be honest while the recipe sounds good, cooking chicken and turkey like that scares me. I'm extremely paranoid of undercooking it and thus I overcook it.

  27. Mmmm this looks amazing. I love that it has ground chicken. The garlic basil mayo on top is the perfect finishing touch.

  28. These look really good. I'm not a big mayo fan, so I'd have to find another complimentary condiment. Still, a burger made with lower-fat ground chicken is a very appealing option. Thank you for sharing!

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