Chicken and Chorizo Burger
Burgers are my favorite food. They are both comforting and elegant. They can be satisfying whether they are charred beyond belief in the backyard or cooked to a perfect medium rare at the most extravagant restaurants. I’ve eaten burgers for $1 and up to $28 for the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern in NYC (yes, it was worth it!). Either way they are served up, I want one. You should especially try out this lamb burger recipe!
At home, I made this really tasty chicken burger. I usually like bacon on my burgers, but I didn’t have any. I did, however, have some chorizo and I knew that would be great! Topped with some melted pepperjack cheese, rosemary-garlic mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato, this is a great burger! If you can, try to find ground dark meat chicken, which is incredibly more flavorful and moist than ground chicken breast. If not, ground white meat is fine. You could also use ground turkey in this preparation.
Chicken and Chorizo Burger (serves 4)
1 lb. ground dark meat chicken
1 link of dried, Spanish style chorizo, cut into 12 slices
4 slices of pepperjack cheese
4 slices of tomato
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
4 hamburger buns, toasted
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Separate the meat into 4 equal 1/4 lb. segments and form into patties. Make a little indention in the middle so the burgers don’t turn into golf balls. Get a heavy pan really really hot and put a little bit of oil in it. Season the patties with salt and fresh pepper. When the oil is almost smoking, lay the patties in the oil and let them sear on one side. After about 5-6 minutes, when the burgers have formed a good crust, flip them over. Cover the burgers with the cheese and put in the oven for another 5-6 minutes, or until the burgers have cooked through and the cheese is melted.
Meanwhile, get another pan and put the chorizo slices in there. Turn the heat on to medium high. Let the fat from the sausage render and let the meat get really crispy. When it’s crispy, take it out of the pan and let it dry on paper towels.
Now, assemble the burgers. Get your toasted bun and smear some of the rosemary-roasted garlic mayonnaise on the bottom. Put a thick slice of tomato and season it with salt and pepper. Then add the lettuce, burger with cheese, and chorizo on top. Put some more mayonnaise on the other bun and put it on top.
A great and easy burger recipe. Hope you enjoy!