Chicken Tequila Burgers

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been all about burgers lately thanks to these fabulous oven fries.  When I saw this recipe for chicken tequila burgers, I knew I would love them.  I love margaritas.  I love grilled tequila lime chicken.  Obviously, I would love this dinner – and I did.  These are easy to make and extremely flavorful.  You can taste the tequila and the lime – not too much, just the right amount.  We simply topped ours with sautéed bell pepper, onion, and lettuce.  If you really need a condiment, I think the cilantro mayo from the salmon burgers would be a nice addition, but I prefer to leave these without a sauce so the flavor of the burger itself really shines through.

The recipe calls for the use of a food processor to pulse the ingredients into a mixture that can be made into patties.  I had never done this before, instead always buying pre-ground chicken.  But with a freezer full of chicken breasts, I decided to give this method a try.  It worked very well and I didn’t have any problems at all.  If you don’t have a food processor, you could just as easily mix in the seasonings to pre-ground chicken and it would work fine.  The patties aren’t quite as sturdy as those made with ground beef, so the use of the broiler is an easy way to get them cooked and nicely browned without too much disturbance.  But really once they started cooking, they firmed up and were easy to flip.  Enjoy!

Chicken Tequila Burgers
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2 cloves garlic, chopped
½-1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 chicken breasts (about 1 lb. total)
3-4 tbsp. cilantro
Zest of ½ a lime
1 oz. tequila
Dash of soy sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
½ cup panko bread crumbs

For serving:
Burger buns
Sautéed bell pepper and onion

Preheat the broiler.  Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil.  Combine the garlic, jalapeno, chicken breasts, cilantro and lime zest in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse several times until the chicken is uniformly ground.  Mix in the tequila, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and panko.  Pulse a few more times until the ingredients are well blended.

Form the mixture into 4-5 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet.  Broil the burgers for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking to brown both sides.  Check for doneness before serving.  Serve on buns with sautéed bell pepper and onion, and lettuce as desired.

Source: adapted from Cara’s Cravings

28 Responses

  1. They sound divine, can’t wait to try them.

  2. Sound delicious.I might put a little Chipotle Ketchup on ot.

  3. Could you use already ground up chicken?

  4. YUMMMMMMM….these look delicious!!

  5. I am making the fries tonight and now I’ll have to add this burger in to my menu plans within the next few weeks. I love anything Tequilla/Lime!

  6. Yum! I bookmarked those too. Nice to see you liked them as well.

  7. Wow, that sounds wonderful. Your pictures are always amazing.

  8. those sound delish and something different

  9. looks great….I think I’ll try these…along with the burger buns this weekend

  10. Oh my, the color of the chicken looks fabulous! What a great looking burger! yum!

  11. Wow. I need to stop reading blogs at lunch time. This sounds fab.

  12. I had these bookmarked as well, but had forgotten about them – thanks for the reminder. Great pic too, Annie!!

  13. Hi Annie, glad you liked these burgers! I was just craving them myself and thinking about adding them to next week’s menu.

  14. Those look amazing. I can not wait to try them out..

  15. Wow, those chicken burgers sound tasty! I’ll definitely have to try making these for dinner sometime!

  16. I gave up meat for lent, and some days I catch myself thinking I could maybe just all out become vegetarian. Then I see a recipe for chicken burgers like this, and I realize I’d miss meat way too much. I love done up versions of burgers, and this sounds like it’ll be especially good as the weather warms up. YUM!

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  18. OMG, these burgers were awesome! I made these last night with the fries, and I made your spicy mac and cheese the night before, and it too was amazing! Can I just say how happy I am to have found your blog! I can’t wait to try out all your other amazing recipes! Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!

  19. Here via the Modest Kitchen.

    Wow. Yeah, just wow!!!! Great dish, clean styling, and fantastic styling. I’m going to have to stick around here and learn a few things. Exceptional blog you have here.

  20. I almost didn’t leave a comment because I just realized this was posted almost a MONTH ago! So I’m behind. These look interesting and let me just say – the baked fried are AWESOME! I’ve made them twice so far – the second time at my husband’s request. I see those becoming a regular staple at our house.

  21. Loved these burgers! The family was skeptical but this recipe won them over. Thanks for all the hard work on your blog. I read it daily and look forward to all your great recipes.

  22. Just made these for company and they were a huge hit! Yummy and easy. I used ground chicken and the texture was nice.

  23. OMG!!! These are fabulous. My son and his girlfriend always come for Sunday dinner, and we are all trying to eat healthy. Everyone loved these burgers, and I made your yummy oven baked fries also. The best oven fries I’ve ever made. I loved grinding my own chicken for these, that way I know exactly whats in them. My next adventure will be Tequilla Lime Chicken. I’m the Health Aide at your dad’s school and he says it is wonderful.

  24. These burgers are GREAT! I made them last week and I’m making them again this Friday. I like to make the burger patties the night before for a no-stress no mess dinner the next evening. They are packed with flavor from the garlic, lime, cilantro and jalapeno, and when I looked at the nutritional analysis from Cara’s Cravings, they are low in fat as well. Thanks for sharing another winner.

  25. Hi Annie, do you think I could do them on the George Forman grill?

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