Yield: 4-5 servings


Oil (for oiling grill grates)

For the burgers: 
1½ lbs. ground chicken
½ cup yellow onion, diced small
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 jalapeño, seeded, cored and minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
Juice of ½ lime
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. pepper

To serve: 
Burger buns*
Salsa (optional)
Minced fresh cilantro

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    Heat a grill to medium-high heat.  Oil the grates to prevent the burgers from sticking.  To make the burgers, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly, just until evenly combined.  Form the mixture into 4-5 patties.

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    Cook the patties on the heated grill, about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping once.  A few minutes before the burgers are finished cooking, top with sliced or shredded cheddar cheese (if desired).  Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160˚ F.  Remove the burgers to a plate and let rest a few minutes before serving.  Assemble with burger buns, guacamole, salsa, and/or minced fresh cilantro as desired.

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    *If you are making fancy pants burgers (or any burger at home, really), they are deserving of a good bun.  The best buns, in fact, are the ones you can bake at home.  It makes such a difference, not to mention they freeze fantastically so you can make a double batch and stock up!