Last night we decided to go support the mens volleyball team for their big game against Calgary. In light of this- I wanted to make some comforting Friday night game food. When thinking game food the first thing that came to my mind was a burger; a thick juicy beef patty (or two) with oozing sharp cheddar cheese & overwhelming amounts of bacon.
Yet, despite how good those would be- I decided I would do myself and all of you a favour and not be the subject of anyone’s waist lines! I needed to come up with something that would taste equally as good but would be much much healthier. I thought homemade chicken burgers would do the trick- and let me tell you they were just as satisfying! By using extra lean ground chicken in place of ground beef I was able to cut back on a ton of calories and saturated fats (this is a good option for those of you who struggle with high cholesterol).
What you will need (serves 4)
1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
Handful of crushed Almonds
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup of bread crumbs ( I was out so I used 2tbsp of white flour instead)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 tbsp each of chopped parsley, mint, dill & basil
2 large cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp Sirracha
1 lb extra lean ground chicken
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
4 leaves of romaine lettuce ( or mixed greens)
For Yogurt Dill Sauce:
1/2 cup yogurt (I stick with 1 %)
3 tbsp chopped till
1 tsp honey
1 small clove garlic
I first started by making the chicken patty mixture. In a large bowl I combined the extra lean ground Chicken with Tomatoes, Ginger, Onions, Almonds, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Basil, Egg, Flour & Garlic
This is where you can get creative- work with what you got! Baked yams or cranberries would also be excellent in this!
Using your hands gently combine the mixture together and form into four 1/2 inch (1cm) thick patties
Next, in a skillet heat oil over medium high heat; fry burger , turning once, until golden (or when thermometer reads 165 F) this usually takes about 10-13 minutes.
Meanwhile toast the buns and make your dill yogurt dressing; combine yogurt, dill, honey, garlic & blend until smooth. Once done-top your burger with the dill yogurt sauce.
Dress your burger to your preference!
P.S This dill yogurt sauce is not only light & refreshing but it is also a much healthier alternative to regular burger condiments such as mayo!