This is not your normal hamburger. These chicken patties are lightly seasoned with zesty spices and stuffed with cool avocado. You will enjoy them with or without a hamburger bun!
I think I have a “thing” with hamburgers. I’ve eaten a lot of burgers in my day – hamburgers, cheeseburgers, turkey burgers. Almost every week I announce that dinner tonight is “burgers”. But I never, ever make an ordinary burger. I just can’t do it. There are so many good flavors out there that make an ordinary burger into something amazing!
Last summer I shared my Sweet Thai Chili Burgers, which are pretty unique in terms of flavored hamburgers. These Chipotle & Avocado Chicken Burgers are much milder. If you’re not crazy about over the top flavors or want a gentle introduction into the world of flavored burgers these would be a great choice.
If you glance down at the ingredient list you may notice a few strange things. If you don’t have any chipotle chili powder you may want to consider getting some. It’s similar to regular chili powder, but a bit stronger and has a smoky taste. I get mine in the Hispanic section of the grocery store for less than $2 a jar! Of course, you could sub in any other chili powder you have on hand, resulting in only a slightly different flavor. The last ingredient on the list is shredded zucchini. I know, I know, it sounds crazy weird, but the zucchini will help give the burgers body. To prepare the zucchini you’ll want to shred it – I use a box grater. Take the shredded zucchini and put it in a cheesecloth or thin towel and wring out the liquid. You’ll want to measure the 1/3 cup once you’ve done all the preparations with the zucchini. If you’re adverse to zucchini or don’t want the extra work you can sub in breadcrumbs. I promise though, nothing about this burger taste like zucchini! Avocado is definitely a strange ingredient in burgers, but it actually handles the grilling quite well.
I generally eat these burgers plain, but there’s nothing like a good GF hamburger bun now and again. It’s easy to turn this into a portionally gluten free meal, just serve with regular and gluten free hamburger buns! Avoiding cross contamination is easy – just serve the GF hamburgers first, before you even get out the wheat hamburger buns. Make some corn on the cob, lay out some burger toppings, and you’ll have a simple, gluten free, summer meal!
Chipotle & Avocado Chicken BurgersThis recipe makes 4 chicken burgers, but is easily modified to make a double batch, or even slider sized burgers. Ingredients
- 1 lb. ground chicken breast
- 1 small avocado, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 1 tsp dry mustard powder
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/3 c shredded zucchini, with liquid squeezed out.
- In a mixining bowl, combine all ingredients except the avocado.
- Once the spices are thoroughly mixed into the chicken gently stir in the avocado.
- Form the mixture into 4 patties using your hands.
- Grill over medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Make sure the burgers reach a temperature of 165° F.
- Serve plain, or with hamburger buns.