Monday, July 8, 2013

recipes: jalapeno cheddar and chicken parmesan burgers

Fourth of July means one very important thing: Using your grill! [And alcohol, and dressing up in red, white, and blue... and hopefully being by a pool or a beach....]

I'm no pro on the grill, but I've learned that I'm a lot better than any of the guys I hang out with, so I nominate myself to wo-man the grill.

On the menu this weekend: Chicken burgers, two ways. One for the people who can grow a pair and try new things, and one for the people who like to stick to the flavors they know. To be honest, I didn't really follow the recipes to their direct measurements! I decided to use them as a guide as to what to include, but added some of my own things in, and put the amounts that I wanted.

Here are the ingredients/what to do, and a link to the original recipes.

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers:


  • ground chicken
  • shredded cheddar cheese [I actually didn't add this]
  • jalapeno
  • yellow onion
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • cilantro [I literally put this in/on everything, as a restaurant once told me to do.]
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and form into 1/4 lb patties. [I use wax paper to help with the molding.]
  2. Spread olive oil over both sides or on the grill rack.
  3. Grill on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes each side. Don't smush them down! They'll lose the juices. 
  4. Put it on a bun and top it with guacamole, onions, and lettuce. 

Chicken Parmesan Burgers [Which I totally made from scratch, but here's some specific help for ya]


  • ground chicken
  • your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • diced onion
  • Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • minced garlic
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, form into 1/4 lb. patties
  2. Prepare the grill and cook over medium-high heat, 5-7 minutes each side. 
  3. Put on a bun with extra marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. [You could add extra onions or lettuce, too.]

FYI: BOTH of them are flipping amazing. The jalapeno burgers weren't even hot after using a full, extremely ripe pepper for two burgers. Next time I'll definitely add more. 

Make them. Like tonight. 


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