And we’re back in the saddle again!
Sometimes success is a
burnt well-done patty.
First homemade burger! Although it feels unAmerican to have my first homemade burger not feature cattle of some sort. But I’m really more of a white meat and legumes kind of gal. (And doesn’t that sound wildly attractive?)
Disclaimer: it looks more burnt than it actually was. For real.
I only made minor adjustments on this one: added green onions and made six patties instead of four. That’s all! Here’s the recipe from Everyday Food:
from Everyday Food, December 2011
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
- 3/4 pound ground chicken breast
- 1 can (15 ounces) lentils, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked lentils
- 3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 4 English muffins, split and toasted
- Toppings (optional), such as lettuce, tomato, and ketchup
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until lightly golden, 7 minutes. Add cumin and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and wipe out skillet with a paper towel. To bowl, add chicken, lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, cilantro, salt, and pepper. With your hands, mix until combined and form into 4 patties.
- In skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add patties and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once. Serve on muffins along with desired toppings.
And The Rating:
Difficulty: Fairly Easy (Burger making = mess. Burger frying = mystery.)
Preparation Time: Fairly Quick (See above.)
Dumpster Dinner, Not Bad, Good, Really Good, or Unbelievably Amazing: Really Good! The recipe says the cumin is optional…but it’s totally not. It’s essential to the flavor, and even with the cumin I wished for a bit more profound flavor profile.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5. I really liked these, but it wouldn’t be the first recipe I’d go back to when pondering what to make for dinner.