Everyone likes a good burger every now and then, whether it's a beef burger, turkey burger or veggie burger. The trick is finding one that is good and good for you.
I saw this recipe on the Today show, as presented by Martha Stewart. I thought that it looked good, and Matt Lauer gave his approval. So I decided to give it a try. And am I glad that I did! My boyfriend gave this burger two thumbs up, and I think he would probably choose it over most beef burgers.
So here is the recipe for one good burger, made a little better for you by substituting ground turkey or chicken for the usual ground beef.
Chicken Burger with Roasted Poblano and Onion
1 poblano chile pepper
4 tsp vegetable oil
1 large white onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/4 pounds ground chicken breast (I used ground turkey instead, since I couldn't find ground chicken)
4 slices sharp yellow cheddar
2 tsp butter, room temperature
4 whole-wheat burger buns, split
- Over low heat or under the broiler, roast chile until charred, about 6 minutes, turning frequently. (I grilled mine on my George Foreman grill.) Place in a bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let chile steam 20 minutes, then rub with a paper towel to remove skin. Remove stem and seeds. Slice chile into 2-inch strips and return to bowl.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tsp oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add onion to bowl with chile and stir to combine.
- Form ground chicken/turkey into four 4-inch wide patties and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add 2 tsp oil and swirl to coat. Working in batches, cook burgers 2 minutes. Flip, top each with cheese, and cook until cooked through, about 4 minutes more.
- Meanwhile, heat broiler. Butter inside of buns and place on a baking sheet, buttered side up. Toast under broiler. Place burgers on buns and top with onion and chile mixture.
- Very good and flavorful burger! Juicy burger-- not dry like you might expect turkey. Perhaps this is because I chose ground turkey (including dark meat) instead of ground turkey breast. Or maybe it was the addition of a little oil to the pan. The poblano pepper is the key here, and adds a great flavor. My boyfriend loved this burger, so I think this is a healthier option to prepare for the man in your life. I would expect kids to like the burger as well, and if your child doesn't like peppers or any spice, just hold the peppers, although they only have a mild heat.
So do you have a secret ingredient that makes your burgers extra special?