CHICKEN QUINOA CILANTRO BURGERS
Time: 25 Minutes
Yield: 4 Large Burgers
(7 Item Recipe)
1lb Organic Ground Chicken Breast
1 Cup Organic Quinoa, cooked and cooled
1/4 Cup Organic Onion, chopped
1 Clove of garlic, chopped fine
2 Tablespoons Organic Cilantro, chopped
1 Teaspoon Organic Jalapeno, diced fine (optional for spicier burgers)
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
4 Sprouted Grain Burger Buns
In small pot cook quinoa per instructions 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water bringing to a boil, then simmering until all water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). While quinoa is cooking chop up onion, cilantro and garlic and mix together you can use a food processor if you have one to speed up the prep. In a separate bowl put the ground chicken add sea salt and pepper as you would to season chicken. Once the quinoa is cooked remove from heat put into another bowl and throw into the freezer to cool quick about 10 minutes until cool. When it is cool add onion cilantro mixture to quinoa and mix up well. You can also make this ahead of time and have it ready in the fridge to add to chicken cutting out the cook and cooling time.
Then take the onion cilantro quinoa mixture and add to ground chicken breast. Mix it all together until evenly distributed. Form into four portions rolling into four balls then press down to make the shape of a patty.
In a hot large oiled pan cook burgers with lid on approximately 3 minutes on each side until browned on each side, and chicken is cooked through with juices running clear. When chicken burger is done put it on a bun and finish it with your favorite toppings and condiments. We topped ours with fresh spring mix lettuce, freshly cut raw rings of onion, fresh cut tomato slices, organic ketchup and stone ground mustard.
For a Spicier More Flavorful Burger
To make your burger a little spicy add 1 Teaspoon Organic Jalapeno, or a 1/4 of a medium sized jalapeno diced, with seeds removed. Add this to the chicken mixture prior to cooking. Since we are not adding the seeds and the jalapeno gets cooked it as a nice zip without a hot taste.
By adding quinoa you get a much larger burger patty stretching the meat as well as the nutrient value of adding whole grains to your meal. It is a great way to make a healthier burger. As quinoa is high in protein and low in fat you get a double dose of protein with these burgers. Using the fresh ingredients really helps infuse the burgers with some great flavor. These burgers are super nutritious, delicious and extremely affordable. We made the four burger meal for under $10.