Bang Bang Blended Chicken Burger

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Chicken burgers are notoriously dry, but not anymore! Adding minced roasted mushrooms to ground chicken not only adds extra moisture, it gives a deep umami flavor that even beef lovers will drool over. A little more time-intensive than a regular burger, this version is oozing with flavor and well worth the extra effort–crunchy, tangy, sweet, savory and juicy, all in one burger. The jalapeños aren't spicy because they are seeded, but if you want an extra kick, leave the seeds in. Save time by making the sauce, slaw and patties ahead of time.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Refrigerate Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
4 servings

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Bang Bang Blended Chicken Burger in a bun topped with fresh vegetables

France Cevallos

Bang Bang Blended Chicken Burger: Anything But Basic


Years ago, recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar France Cevallos tried her first craft burger. 

“From that point on, I was hooked on the ‘unique and daring’ when it came to burgers and rarely will I eat a basic burger,” she says. 

Notes From the Chef

“The ground chicken gets a kick of extra umami flavor, perfect for those who normally prefer beef over chicken,” France says of this flavorful and bold recipe. Check out a few of her favorite preparation and serving suggestions: 

  • “This burger would be a great option for a dinner party with friends,” according to France. “A step up from traditional grilled backyard burgers, this will make your meal a little more special and is sure to impress with its bold flavors.”
  • This recipe pairs well with drinks that are light and refreshing, such as a gin cocktail or a glass of Chenin Blanc. If you’re a beer drinker, try enjoying it with a pilsner. 
  • For a non-alcoholic option, France suggests a a citrus-flavored sparkling water. 

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

Pickled Vegetable Slaw:

  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

  • 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks

  • 1/4 large English cucumber, cut into matchsticks

  • 1/4 small red onion, cut into 1/8-inch thick wedges

Bang Bang Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Burgers:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package crimini mushrooms, halved or quartered

  • 6 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

  • 1 pound ground chicken, white and dark meat

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

  • 4 jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded

  • 8 green onions, ends trimmed and onions cut in half crosswise

  • 4 brioche buns, split

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro

Directions

  1. Whisk together 3/4 cups rice vinegar, water, sugar, and sesame seeds in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add carrot, cucumber, and red onion, separating onion layers; toss to coat. Chill until ready to use, stirring occasionally to keep vegetables submerged in the brine.

  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, Thai sweet chile sauce, Sriracha, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Chill Bang Bang Sauce until ready to use.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  4. Toss mushrooms with 1 tablespoon oil. Spread mushrooms out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast mushrooms in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

  5. Transfer cooked mushrooms to a food processor,pulsing 5 or 6 times and scraping down the sides of the bowl, until finely minced (or mince with a knife). Combine mushrooms, ground chicken,  and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt in a bowl; mix thoroughly, without overmixing. Form into 4 patties, about the circumference of the brioche buns, and place on squares of parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent from sticking. You can oil your hands to handle meat if mixture is sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the patties to firm up.

  6. When ready to cook the burgers, set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Place jalapeño halves, cut side down, and green onions on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. 

  7. Broil vegetables until charred, turning halfway through, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  8. Meanwhile, preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brush skillet with 1 teaspoon oil and toast brioche buns, cut side down, until lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes; set aside.

  9. Lightly whisk eggs and water in a shallow dish. Add panko bread crumbs to a second dish. Gently dip burger patties into egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Press lightly into bread crumbs to coat both sides.

  10. Heat remaining oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Fry burgers until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 3 minutes per side. Place patties on a plate lined with paper towels.

  11. Spread a light layer of Bang Bang sauce on bottom buns. Add 2 charred jalapeño halves per bun. Add chicken patty and top with slaw and charred scallions. Top with cilantro and drizzle with more sauce.

Cook's Notes:

For best results, use a blend of white and dark ground chicken; ground chicken breast on its own tends to be dry.

For a beef burger, mix 1 pound 80/20 ground chuck with mushrooms and salt; omit breading step.

Wear gloves when handling jalapenos.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1066 Calories
64g Fat
80g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1066
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g 82%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 253mg 84%
Sodium 1711mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 43g 87%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Calcium 247mg 19%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1286mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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