I’m always down for a good burger.  They’re easy to make, easy to freeze for future dinners, and quick to cook.  In other words, they’re a busy mom’s nearly perfect dinner.  I often tend to take the flavors of some of my favorite dinners and turn them into burgers, and these are no exception.  As their name would indicate, these burgers were inspired by tacos, and who doesn’t love tacos?  (Obviously, if you’ve paid any attention to thsi blog, you’ve realized there is nothing Mexican or Mexican-inspired that I don’t love).  I decided to stuff these with cheese but obviously you could opt for putting cheese on the top like a standard burger.

These are not only tasty, but are healthy too.  I used reduced fat cheese and light sour cream (which I mixed with adobo sauce for a topping), and stuck these between some lower-carb burger thins.  I used a combination of breast and thigh meat because I just find it to taste better and make for a moister patty.   You can certainly use all breast meat, though, and it will make these even healthier.  We had these with a salad similar to this Santa Fe salad (sans chicken & avocado), which made for a light and tasty meal…and a quick one, too! And the best part is, I have 2 of these patties in the freezer, ready for a quick dinner on a busy night.

 

 

Chicken Taco Burgers

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1 – 1.25 lb. ground chicken
1/3 cup sliced scallions
1.5 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. cayenne
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
2 cloves pressed garlic
2 Tbsp. cornmeal
2 oz. cheese of your preference, shredded or thinly sliced
buns and your favorite toppings for serving (we had avocado and some light sour cream that I mixed with adobo sauce)

Lightly mix together the first 9 ingredients (through cornmeal) and salt to taste (about 3/4 tsp.).   Divide the mixture into 8 patties.  Place cheese on top of 4 of the patties, and then place the other 4 patties on top of the ones with cheese, leaving a border around the cheese.  Press the edges together to make 4 total patties.

Grill or pan-fry the burgers until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.  Place on buns and serve with your favorite toppings.

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