Since trying Chicken Parmesan Burgers, I have been wanting to try many more burger recipes using ground chicken. This recipe caught my eye and I was anxious to try it out. Last summer I made Ina Garten's recipe for Tequila Lime Chicken, which was very flavorful so I was excited to see if those flavors could be captured in burger form. I also added in a condiment of mayonnaise mixed in with some lime zest to add even more citrus flavor to the burger. I chose to cook the burgers using a grill pan, but they could also be cooked under a broiler. Also, for those that aren't keen on using alcohol in the recipe, you can always use chicken broth as a substitute. Overall, I was pleased with the taste of the burger, although I will say that the Chicken Parmesan Burger is still my favorite chicken burger!
Chicken Tequila Burgers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Red bell pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons cilantro
zest of 1 lime, divided
1 oz tequila
dash of soy sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup mayonnaise (optional)
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil. Combine the garlic, jalapeño, ground chicken, cilantro, zest of 1/2 lime, tequila, soy sauce, panko, and salt and pepper to taste using a food processor or by hand.
Form the mixture into 4 to 5 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Broil the burgers for about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, cooking to brown both sides. Check for doneness before serving.
While patties are cooking, sauté bell pepper and onion in olive oil until tender. Optional: Combine mayonnaise and the remaining 1/2 of lime zest, stir to combine.
Serve on buns with red bell pepper, onion, lettuce and mayonnaise mixture, as desired.