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Chicken Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Ingredients

  • For the Burger:
  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken I used 92/8
  • 5 whole wheat burger buns toasted, 1 cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp. milk or water
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil if using a grill pan, use to oil the pan
  • 4 oz. sliced mozzarella optional
  • For the Pesto:
  • 4 tbsp. store bought pesto
  • 1 jarred roasted red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese if your pesto is too runny

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat. (These could also be done inside on a grill pan)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, put your cut up bun, and then pour either the water or milk over it. Mix to combine. When the bread has soaked up all the excess liquid, it is ready.
  3.  When ready, add the ground chicken, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well with your hands to combine. Form mixture into 4 3/4 inch thick patties. ( I actually decided to make mine smaller and got six from this. I am sharing the cook time for the recipe as written for 4 burgers. If you make yours smaller, please decrease cooking time)
  4. For the pesto, in a blender or food processor, combine the pesto and the red pepper. If mixture is runny, add Parmesan cheese to thicken.
  5. Place burger patties onto your grill. Cook until no longer pink, about 7 minutes per side. ( Remember to decrease your cooking time to about 5 minutes per side if you make your patties smaller) For the last minute of cook time, add your cheese on top of your burger if you are using it, and put your buns on the grates, then close the grill to melt the cheese
  6. Place your burger on the toasted bun and top with pesto. Serve immediately and enjoy!