This Southwest Burger is made healthier using ground chicken meat. Roasted green chile peppers bring a moist and spicy element. Add some Southwestern seasonings and you’ve switched up your burger game to exciting. These Hatch Green Chile Chicken Burgers are oozing with Southwestern flair. Plus tips on how to make the best chicken burgers.
If I were to choose a “last meal” it would be a (beef) burger, grilled or pan fried, doesn’t matter, cheese not necessary, topped with onion and some mustard. It’s my favorite thing on earth to eat. But chicken burgers every once in a while never hurt anyone. Especially if it stuffed to the brim with my favorite roasted Hatch green chiles.
How do you make the best chicken burger patties?
Chicken burgers are always so “odd” in texture before they hit the grill…so odd and mushy that I’m surprised they don’t just fall apart before you can get them cooked.
Adding bread crumbs to the ground chicken mixture seems to do the trick in securing a solid patty to place on that sesame seed bun.
With cumin and green chile, we enjoyed this Southwestern burgers because the burgers cook up like a charm, staying nice and moist without losing that burger form.
Buying ground chicken breast from the store is easy and readily available, but did you know that if you’ve got a couple of chicken breasts that need to be used, just pat them dry, cut in large chunks and put them in your food processor. Pulse until you have chopped meat.
That’s what I did for these grilled Green Chile Chicken burgers. Which leads me to give you more tips about how to make the best ground chicken burger recipe.
How do you make a juicy chicken burger?
If not prepared correctly, chicken burgers can turn out dry and rubbery. Here are some tips to make a great chicken burger even greater.
- Mix fine chopped vegetables into the ground meat. Vegetables have a high water content and will help bring moisture and texture to that chicken burger. Example. This recipe contains chopped Hatch Chile Peppers.
- It’s best to grind your own chicken breast. Packaged pre-ground chicken can contain fat, cartilage, and sometimes fillers. It’s so easy to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pop them into food processor. Voila, ground chicken meat.
- Don’t cook them to death! Start with a high temperature to develop a sear, cooking about a minute or so each side, lower heat and finish cooking the burger.
- Remove your chicken from the heat one “doneness” before you think it’s done (for your preference). For example, if you like your chicken slightly pink, take your chicken off the grill when it’s a bit pinker, tent it with foil for about 5 minutes. It will continue cooking on its own.
- Add tomato and lettuce to your chicken burger bun, they will bring a juicy slice of moisture to the overall experience.
- Don’t have an outdoor grill? Use a cast iron skillet or grill pan to make these indoors.
My sincere sympathy goes out to you if you don’t have roasted Hatch chile available. If that is the case, you can substitute those “Hatch” labeled canned chiles from the Mexican aisle at the grocery. They’ll work fine to make this Southwestern burger.
And if you are using fresh roasted Hatch chile, remember, friends don’t let friends wash those skins off with water. Just scrape them off with your hands. If you rinse them with water, you’re washing away some of the smoky flavor.
The French got involved for a delicious finish to this recipe. A mixture of Dijon and mayo made a great condiment for this burger.
Are you green chile crazed? Take a look at the most popular and most classic chile recipe on my site, How to Make Hatch Green Chili, Colorado Style.
Recipe for Southwestern Burger with Hatch Green Chile Peppers
I hope you give this unique Southwestern burger recipe a try. And if you do, please come back and let me know how you liked it and give the recipe a star rating.
Your feedback is valuable to me for developing future recipes. And if you have a favorite healthy chicken burger recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
And if you’re looking for more chicken burger recipes, don’t miss this one for Chicken Chorizo Burgers with Cumin Lime Quick Pickles.
Recipe adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe = always reliable.
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Southwest Burger With Ground Chicken and Green Chile Peppers
- 1 pound ground chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon heaping ground cumin
- 6 large roasted Hatch Chile tops and skin removed, chopped (or two cans diced green chile, drained
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs chopped well
- salt and pepper to taste
- Canola oil for brushing
- 1 tomato sliced
- leaf lettuce
- 4 sesame seed buns
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Heat grill to medium high. Combine chicken, cumin, chiles, chopped cilantro, bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Gently mix and divide into 4 patties. Brush grates with oil and grill burgers, flipping once, until golden brown. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees. 8 – 10 minutes.
- Grill buns, just until toasted, about one minute. Serve burgers on buns with tomato slices, mayo and mustard mixture, and lettuce.
Hatch Green Chile Chicken Burgers … They’re what’s for Dinner.