July 24, 2009

Chicken Chili Burgers

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup drained dark red kidney beans, very slightly mashed
1 small onion, very finely minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobe
1 teaspoon hot Mexican style chili powder
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
juice of 1/2 lime

Place the chipotle pepper, lime juice in a blender or food processor and pulse until fairly smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl. Add the ground chicken, onion, chili powder, paprika and garlic powder. Gently mix together to evenly distribute all ingredients. Gently add the beans. If the mixture is overly wet, add a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. With lightly greased hands, form the meat into four 1/4 inch thick patties. Oil the rack of your grill. Cook the burgers over medium heat, covering as needed to insure that they are fully cooked through.

My thoughts:

my grill friday

Instead of simply pouring chili on plain burgers, these low fat burgers are actually chili in burger form. They have all of the ingredients, beans, peppers, onions, chili powder etc as chili made to fit on a bun. Ground chicken absorbs flavors wonderfully so these burgers are anything but bland. Serve them with chili toppings like cheese, avocado or even sour cream on top.