Posts Tagged ‘Burgers’

Elly Says Opa! is one of my favorite blogs.  Her food always looks fabulous and whenever I make a recipe it’s always brilliant!  Today’s recipe is no exception.  These chicken taco burgers were delicious!

1lb. Ground chicken
1/3C. Scallions, sliced
1.5t. Chili powder
3/4t. Cumin
1/2t. Oregano
1/2t. Paprika
1/8t. Cayenne
1/2t. Salt
2T. Parsley, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, pressed
2T. Cornmeal
Buns and your favorite toppings (we used romaine lettuce and Sriracha mayo)

Lightly mix together all ingredients (through cornmeal).   Form into 4 patties.

Grill or pan-fry the burgers until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side.  Place on buns and serve with your favorite toppings.

Husband Rating – 3 out of 5 – “Just OK.  Bella loved them, though”

NOTE: I finally have a break from school, so H and I are headed back to Amsterdam!  I’ll be away for a week or so, but never fear, I will return with gorgeous pictures of tulips!


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I’ve never had a chicken burger before.  I tried chicken sausage once or twice, but wasn’t really impressed.  But, when I saw this recipe on Erin’s Food Files (originally from Elly Says Opa), and its drool-worthy photo, I figured I should give ground chicken another go and added these chicken parmesan burgers to our weekly menu.

These burgers are ridiculously good!  I can’t even put into words how awesome these are…seriously.  Go make these burgers now.  You absolutely will not regret it!

1t. Olive Oil
1lb. Ground chicken
1/4C. Grated parmesan cheese
1/4C. Bread crumbs
2t. Italian seasoning
1/4C. Chopped flatleaf parsley
1 Clove garlic, finely minced or pressed (I used two, mine were small)
1 Shallot, finely diced
Salt and Pepper

1/2C. Pasta sauce
4 Slices mozzarella or provolone (I used regular mozzarella, Christopher used shredded soy mozzarella cheese)
4 Buns (toasted and brushed with a little garlic butter, if you like)

In a small saucepan warm 1t. olive oil.  Add shallot and cook lightly over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook an additional minute.  Set aside to cool slightly. (This step was my addition…I was afraid the raw shallot flavor would be too harsh, so I decided to cook them first – so glad I did!)

Mix together all the ingredients for the burgers.  Form into 4 patties.

Preheat & spray the broiler with a little oil (or use the grill, or a pan).  Broil the burgers for about 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and broil for 4 minutes more.

Top each burger with 2T. pasta sauce and a slice of cheese.  Place back under the broiler for 30-60 seconds, until cheese in melted.

Husband Rating – 5 out of 5 – “These are bananas”
Chef’s note – Bananas = Good!

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Spinach Florentine Burgers

As per a suggestion from my May08 friend, Rachael, tonight I made my own version of Rachael Ray’s Florentine Dream Burgers.  Her recipe called for a gooey cheese sauce, but since I still can’t find a good soy ricotta, I opted to just make the burgers and top with shredded soy cheese.  See the original recipe here.

I thought these were quite good.  The spinach kept them very moist.  Hubs thought we could do with about half the amount of spinach.  Either way, they are definitely worth trying.


1lb. Lean Ground Beef
1 box Frozen Spinach (thawed and wrung dry)
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Small Yellow Onion
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cheese of your choice

Place a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add a small amount of olive oil.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and cook until tender, 4-5 minutes.  Move the veggies out into a large mixing bowl, add the spinach and toss to combine.

100_2016Add the ground beef, salt and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Form into 4 equal patties.

Add to hot skillet and cook until desired doneness is achieved – about 5 min. each side for med-well.  During the last minute, add cheese and melt.

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