Monday, May 28, 2012

Bacon Chicken Cheeseburger

 It is Memorial Day and also the kickoff of burger and hot dog grilling season I wanted to start with a big juicy burger post.  I gave up eating red meat three years ago so I mostly eat chicken burgers these days.  The texture of ground chicken is very loose so it really must be done in a skillet and it works out great for me since I don't own an outdoor grill.  I made these burgers juicy with grated onion and then melted American cheese and topped it with  bacon to give it the extra "wow" factor.  I actually put ranch dressing as my condiment of choice for my burger and it was fantastic. Of course my kids are traditionalist and wanted ketchup. My husband ate his without any ketchup or dressing... he thought they were seasoned just perfectly and didn't need anything else.  I was happy the burgers were a big hit and I've already been requested to make them again.  This is fine with me since it took less than 20 minutes to get dinner done. We ate it with some fresh corn on the cob and had a fantastic meal.  So next time you think Bacon Cheeseburger... think chicken!

1lb ground chicken
2 Tbs  grated white onion
1 tsp poultry seasoning
seasoning salt to taste (I used Lawry's)
lots of black pepper
1/2 tsp of granulated garlic powder or 1 large clove of garlic grated
red chili flakes to taste
2-3 tsp of Dijon mustard 
1 egg

Condiments and Bun:
Burger  Buns ( I like soft white burger buns)
slice of American Cheese or your favorite melting cheese
crispy bacon slices (bake in oven for perfect results)
Tomatoes Sliced (remember to add a little salt and pepper to season them)
Onions Sliced
Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Ranch Dressing

Mix all the ingredients together.  Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.  Coat it with a little oil if needed.  I recommend a nonstick pan.  Form burger patties (the mixture will be loose so apply a little oil to your hand so it doesn't stick.  Place them on the skillet and cook on both sides until brown and cooked through fully.   Add a slice of cheese on each burger and melt.  Place in buns with your condiments and bacon.  Enjoy.

To do the bacon:
The easiest way to make bacon is to bake it in the oven.  You will get perfectly crispy bacon and you don't have to do anything but let it bake.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  You will need a baking tray and some cooling racks placed on top of it or you can use your broiler pan that is slotted with a drip pan.  Lay your bacon across the cooling racks.  Place them in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked.  The bacon will be crispy, perfectly straight and all the oil will have dripped to the lower tray.  I love this method. 


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