There is something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a crispy chicken patty perfectly spiced. Now add a toasted bun, amazing cheese, avocado and a smear of mayonnaise. Perfection.
By Simone Van Den Berg
This burger requires stuffing the chicken with chipotle (as I seem to be on a chipotle mission lately), smoked paprika and some herbs. Then, to control the spice a bit – I added a good chunky guacamole, cheddar cheese and a large spoon of mayonnaise.
- 500 gram chicken thigh meat
- 2 large chipotle peppers (I used the ones in adobo sauce)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp of flour
- ½ egg
- freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp ginger
- 1 pinch of smoked paprika
- few tbsp of panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- bacon 4 slices
- cheddar cheese 4 slices
- Hellmann's Mayonnaise
- tomato ketchup
- pickled sweet peppers
- lettuce of your choice
- hamburger buns
- Turn on the oven to grill the bacon. You can also do this in a frying pan of course, whatever you find easiest. The buns you can also grill in the oven or in a frying pan or grill pan.
- But the chicken thighs into the kitchen processor and add garlic, onion, salt, pepper, ginger, paprika and the chipotles to it. Process until you have a ground chicken mix that is not too fine but also not too chunky. It needs to stay together. Add a tbsp of flour and half an egg. Stir together
- Fry a little bit of the mixture (like a dime sized mini hamburger) of the chicken mixture to taste if it is to your liking. If not, add pepper or salt.
- In the meantime make your guacamole according to your preference.
- Grill the bacon in the oven and grill the buns at the same time. Let the bacon drain on kitchenpaper.
- Shape a burger of your chicken mixture. This is tricky because the mix is a little difficult to handle and sticky, but it will all work out once you bake it. Lay the burger into the panko (which you put on a plate to prepare) and roll it through the crumbs.
- Heat a pan with a little oil and a bit of butter and bake the burger golden and cooked. This should take about 3-4 minutes each side. Add a bit of cheddar at the last minute and let that melt along with the burger.
- Take your toasted buns and spread the bottom with mayonnaise. Put the lettuce on top and on the lettuce add a good layer of guacamole. Put the burger on top of the guacamole and cover with the pickled peppers and the bacon. End with a good squeeze of tomato ketchup and a good spoon of mayonnaise.
Simone van den Berg is a Netherlands based freelance food photographer and food blogger. She has a passion for cooking, food and travel, which she shares on her blog Simone's Kitchen and of course right here on Honest Cooking.