Chili Lime Chicken Burgers, A Trader Joe's Copycat

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy long weekend, yo.  I know it is coming to an end but don't you want to go out with a bang?  These will do it.  A huge bang, a flavorful punch in in the mouth if you will.  With just a few ingredients you can whip up a batch of these bad boys an impress even the biggest chicken burger skeptics.  

Watch out Trader Joe's we might be putting you out of business.  Well, hopefully not, we still love you.  Xoxo.  

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 You will need one pound of ground chicken.
 A few green onions
 Some pretty cilantro
 Chop it up and pop it in the bowl
 Some season all salt
 Black pepper
 A few shakes of red pepper flakes--more or less depending on how spicy you want these bad boys
 Half the juice of a lime
 That's it--smash it all together
Form into patties
 Spray each side with cooking spray
 On to the grill they go a few minutes on each side
 Top with pepper jack cheese for a little more spice
Umm yeah, flavor town.  I was really surprised how juicy these stayed they really were fantastic.  A little mayo on the bun is all they needed although crisp lettuce would be a fantastic addition as well.  We added them to our grilling rotation.  

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
Makes 4 burgers

1 lb ground chicken
2 green onions, diced
1/2 of a red pepper, diced small
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
1/2 teaspoon season all salt
A few grinds of black pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lime 
Pepper Jack cheese
Buns for serving
Mayo (we used light Miracle Whip) for serving 

In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, onion, red pepper, cilantro, season all salt, pepper and lime juice.   Form into 4 patties and spray each side with cooking spray so they don't stick. 

Preheat the grill to about 500 degrees.  Place the burgers on the hottest part of the grill.  Grill for 3 minutes.  Turn the grill down to medium high heat and flip the burgers to a cooler part of the grill.  Grill for an additional 5 minutes.  In the last minute of grilling, add the cheese to melt.  Before taking off the grill be sure to check the internal temperature or that they are no longer pink in the middle.  

Serve on buns with Mayo/Miracle Whip.  Enjoy!  

Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz 

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