As I mentioned last week, I’ve been all about burgers lately thanks to these fabulous oven fries. When I saw this recipe for chicken tequila burgers, I knew I would love them. I love margaritas. I love grilled tequila lime chicken. Obviously, I would love this dinner – and I did. These are easy to make and extremely flavorful. You can taste the tequila and the lime – not too much, just the right amount. We simply topped ours with sautéed bell pepper, onion, and lettuce. If you really need a condiment, I think the cilantro mayo from the salmon burgers would be a nice addition, but I prefer to leave these without a sauce so the flavor of the burger itself really shines through.
The recipe calls for the use of a food processor to pulse the ingredients into a mixture that can be made into patties. I had never done this before, instead always buying pre-ground chicken. But with a freezer full of chicken breasts, I decided to give this method a try. It worked very well and I didn’t have any problems at all. If you don’t have a food processor, you could just as easily mix in the seasonings to pre-ground chicken and it would work fine. The patties aren’t quite as sturdy as those made with ground beef, so the use of the broiler is an easy way to get them cooked and nicely browned without too much disturbance. But really once they started cooking, they firmed up and were easy to flip. Enjoy!
Chicken Tequila Burgers
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½-1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 chicken breasts (about 1 lb. total)
3-4 tbsp. cilantro
Zest of ½ a lime
1 oz. tequila
Dash of soy sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
½ cup panko bread crumbs
Sautéed bell pepper and onion
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil. Combine the garlic, jalapeno, chicken breasts, cilantro and lime zest in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until the chicken is uniformly ground. Mix in the tequila, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and panko. Pulse a few more times until the ingredients are well blended.
Form the mixture into 4-5 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Broil the burgers for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking to brown both sides. Check for doneness before serving. Serve on buns with sautéed bell pepper and onion, and lettuce as desired.
Source: adapted from Cara’s Cravings