Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Hubby cooked dinner tonight!! Which automatically makes everything taste better. 🙂 I found this recipe over a year ago, and its become one of our favorites. It’s very easy to make, packed with TONS of flavor, and pretty healthy. Tonight we used ground turkey, but we usually use ground chicken. Not ground chicken breast (I tried that once… It’s fat free and makes for a bland, dry burger). We also left off the Monterey Jack cheese this time, and grilled them, vs. pan frying. Honestly, you don’t need the cheese, it does add a little kick which is nice, but you could also get that by adding more red pepper flakes.

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Love this man! Especially when he makes dinner. <3. Isn't he handsome?! Anyway… We've been trying to use the grill more, and it definitely added more flavor vs. pan frying. I was in charge of the avocado topping. The avocado wasn't as ripe as I would've liked (typical!), but it made kind of a chunky guacamole, which I liked even better. Next time I make it, I'll leave it chunky. Here's the finished product. Yum!!! The Goose Island IPA was a nice accompaniment.

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Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1lb ground chicken
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 lime, cut in half
4 slices pepper jack cheese (optional)
4 buns, toasted

For the guacamole:
1 avocado
garlic powder, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste
Mash all ingredients together with a potato masher or fork.

Directions:

Combine chicken, green onions, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and juice of half a lime in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined, then form into 4 patties and spray each side generously with non-stick spray.

Heat grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Grill burgers for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked all the way through. Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger, then cover with a large pot lid, and allow to melt for about a minute. Place each burger on a toasted bun, then top with guacamole.

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