I know "grilling season" is smoldering down to ashes (ha, get it) but its going to be above 90 degrees today. Puke. But, for most Minnesotans that means they don't want o cook inside. I'm definitely not going to...but I'm cheating a bit. I'm going to dinner with our friends Heather and Joe who are expecting their first baby in December! EEEEEE!! I am so excited for these two I can hardly stand it!!!! BAHHHH is it December yet!? I digress.
These burgers are a new little twist on the traditional hamburger. Earlier in the summer I made these Teriyaki Turkey Burgers that were fab. It got me thinking...I like Sweet and Sour sauce too...why not make a Sweet and Sour burger. That's just a little slice of what goes on in my little head. I promise, you don't want to know more...ask Mr. Schwartz. : )
Sweet and Sour Chicken Burgers
(Makes 4 large burgers)
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1/2 small bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), finely diced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
1 pound ground chicken or turkey
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
A few cracks of black pepper
A few shakes of red pepper flakes (this can be omitted if you don't like spice)
1 tablespoon Hosin sauce
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
4 pineapple rings
Romaine lettuce, for serving
1 cup sweet and sour sauce
Buns, for serving
Mayo, for serving
Preheat the grill on medium high heat.
In a large bowl, combine the onion, pepper, ginger, chicken, garlic, pepper, red pepper flakes, Hosin sauce and Panko bread crumbs. Form into four patties.
Grill the burgers on medium high heat for about 4 minutes or so on each side or until they are fully cooked. In the last few minutes of grilling grill the pineapple as well.
Assemble the burgers by placing the burger on the bottom, then pineapple, lettuce, sweet and sour sauce and spreading mayo on the bottom of the top bun.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz