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Lemon-Garlic Chicken Burgers w/Fried Tomatoes

Sometimes burgers made from ground chicken have a tendency to turn out dry and rather boring, but our garlic and lemon flavored chicken burgers include some ingredients that ensure tender, juicy results. We topped them with a slice of fried tomato and creamy blue cheese spread and served them along with roasted red potato fries with rosemary and sea salt (instructions follow).

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Burgers w/Fried Tomatoes

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Burgers w/Fried Tomatoes

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Olive oil
  • 4 seeded buns
  • For the fried tomato:
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • For the blue cheese spread:
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
Place the chicken, garlic, panko crumbs, egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper and cayenne in a large bowl. Combine thoroughly and form into four 4-inch diameter patties. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.

While the burgers chill, make the blue cheese spread. Combine the blue cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Oil the grates and brush the chicken burgers lightly with oil as well. Place the burgers on the grill and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, 4 to 4-1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest while you fry the tomatoes.

Season both sides of the tomato slices with salt and pepper and coat lightly with flour. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the butter and swirl to combine. Add the tomatoes and fry until they form a golden crust, about 1-1/2 minutes per side.

To serve, place one burger on each bun, top with a fried tomato slice and a dollop of blue cheese spread.

Makes 4 servings

Roasted Red Potato Fries with Rosemary and Sea Salt
  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 lbs large red potatoes, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, add the rosemary and season with sea salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Taste and toss with a little more sea salt before serving if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Note: If using dried rosemary, decrease the quantity to 3/4 teaspoon.

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