B is for Barbecue and Burgers

These Asian Chicken Burgers are a true crowd pleaser. Perfect for those who like a lighter option, extra veggies snuck in and also extra flavor!

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Barbecue and Burgers
Let me share this great recipe for barbecue and burgers with you from Think Outside the Plate.

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Ingredients

  • 1lb ground chicken (I get mine from Grow and Behold)
  • 1/2 C of scallions, sliced
  • 1 C spiralized zucchini
  • 1 carrot, spiraled or shredded (I used a bag of pre shredded for ease)
  • 2 TBSP. almond flour
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 C tamari (sub coconut aminos for a soy free version)
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano (sub 1/2 tsp dried if you don’t have fresh)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, almond flour, scallions, zucchini, carrots, olive oil, tamari, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Mix thoroughly with gloves.
  2. Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and let the chicken marinate in the fridge for appx 2 hours
  3. With gloves form into fist size balls and lay on a tray with parchment paper. Fire up the grill with some oil and cook on medium heat till done. Appx 6 - 7 min. each side

(Also works well indoors on a grill pan or a cast iron skillet)

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I have made this recipe with ground chicken, turkey (I find dark or a combo of dark and white to work best) and it’s always a hit. You can double the recipe and freeze the patties for grilling at a later date for an easy last-minute BBQ with little prep involved.

Serving idea

Make a Burger Board

Everything looks better on a board.
Lay out the burgers - if you’re feeling extra or want options, you can include a variety of different flavor burgers in addition to the Asian chicken. Healthy To The Core has some great ones in her ebook (spinach mushroom and spicy chicken are my favorites). Or you can buy ready to grill seasoned burgers - in the NY/NJ area, my favorites are @ThePrimeCut spinach chicken and my kids love the seasoned beef burgers.

Add lettuce, sliced tomato, pickles, and sauces, and you’re ready to serve.

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I was inspired by a trial I did for JChef a kosher meal kit delivery service that included a burger recipe (with a delicious garlic aioli) and ingredients along with all the fixings, to create a board.

If not, everyone eats traditional buns, you can make alternative buns - out of simply roasted or grilled veggies such as portobello mushrooms, peppers or sweet potato slices.

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To round out the meal, just add in some grilled veggies and salad (here’s one of my favorites).

Grilled fruit (peaches & pineapple are my favorite) drizzled with a little honey and flaky sea salt

Fresh fruit (insert watermelon platter pic) for dessert and of course cookies.

Before you fire up the grill, here’s a hack that I love:

Slice an onion in 1/2 drizzle oil on the cut side. Stick a fork in the round side and rub it all over the grill to oil it with flavor. If you’re pressed for time, spray will work, but this adds a nice flavor.

Here’s a great set for barbecue and burgers I was gifted as a housewarming present years ago and have been using ever since.

Enjoy your barbecue and burgers. Happy Grilling Season!

For ideas on how to set your outdoor table, check out my post on Tropical Table Vibes and Spring Settings.

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