05.21.18

Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

The weather is starting to warm up and all I want to do is sit in my backyard, watch the kids play, and grill some freaking good food like these Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Aioli. That sounds amazing, right?

Burgers are obviously one of the first things that come to mind when daydreaming about a day in the backyard. I thought it would be fun to ‘spice things up’ a bit because, well, I love spicy and all. Here is a fun, easy, and really delicious chicken burger that I know y’all are going to just love. In fact, when I asked my husband “what do you think” his response was, “REALLY good actually.” Uh Clayton, what do you mean by ‘actually’? Did you think it was going to be gross? I think in his mind he just thought a chicken burger would be pretty dry and boring. But, to his surprise, I used chicken thighs so they were juicy and with the flavor additions I included they were just so absolutely delicious and full of flavor. So ha! Take that, Clayton! 

I encourage you to show off your burger making skills with these Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Aioli…you’ll just love them!

Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Aioli
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For the Burgers
  1. 2 lbs. ground chicken thighs
  2. 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  3. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  4. 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  7. 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1 egg, well whisked
  10. 2 tbsp. olive or avocado oil, for cooking
For the Aioli
  1. 1/2 cup homemade mayo
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  4. 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  5. juice of 1 lime
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, jalapeno, red onion, bell pepper, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and egg. Using your hands, mix until the meat is well combined.
  2. Using a measuring cup, scoop out 1/2 cup of the meat mixture and form into round hamburger patties.
  3. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat with 2 tbsp. oil. When hot, but not smoking, place patties in the skillet but do not overcrowd the pan, you will need to do this in a few batches (i did 3 at a time). Reduce heat to medium and sear on each side until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer cooked burgers to a paper towel lined plate and continue until all of the burgers are complete.
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