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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Joanne March 15, 2011 at 5:25 am

My favorite thing about chicken or turkey burgers is that they serve as such a great base for all sorts of wild and wacky flavor combos…in a way that beef just can’t. I love some good Mexican food and these burgers seem like such an easy way to satisfy that craving! Love that you stuffed them with cheese…it’s my favorite way to eat a burger.

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a frog in the cottage March 15, 2011 at 6:38 am

your version of chicken burger is just made for me !!

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Amy's Cooking Adventures March 15, 2011 at 7:18 am

Looks great! I bet they’d be good on the grill too–bring on summer!

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Claudie March 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

I really like the look of those chicken taco burgers! They look very appetizing, and I like the choice of bun!

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Briana March 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

These look fantastic! Love the flavor combination, especially the addition of adobo! I will definitely be making these next week. If I could I would make all of my meals have Mexican flavors! :)

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Juliana March 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yummie, your chicken burger has a nice and tasty twist…love it…perfect meal :-) Have a great week!

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Cara March 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Elly these sound great! As you probably know, I like burgers just about as much as you do. In fact we have chicken tequila burgers (inspired by one of my favorite dishes, naturally) on the menu this week but I just might swap them out for these!

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Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul March 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Burgers are the best! I love what you have done here Elly!

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Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite.com March 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

These look yummy and would be an awesome quick healthy lunch. Thanks for sharing!

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bellini March 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

Love the low carb aspect of this dish Elly with the adobe sauce!!!

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Ivy March 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Love the flavours in these chicken burgers and as you say much healthier as well. These would be perfect for my event Creative Concoctions if you would like to link to it.

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living March 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I love fun burger ideas, and these looks great! Definitely bookmarking this recipe :).

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Jen @ BeantownBaker.com March 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I agree, burgers are great for a quick meal. We love to make big batches and freeze them too. These look great.

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Kerstin March 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

I always love your burgers and this one is no exception – your taco inspiration is genius! And the adobe sauce sounds awesome!

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shauni March 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I made these last night and I fell in love. I already cannot wait to make these again! So good!

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elly March 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

So glad you liked them, Shauni!

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Celeste B. April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

These were excellent. The only different I did was add some chopped chipotle peppers to make them a little spicier. The sour cream with chipotle was a perfect spread.

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elly April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

Glad you liked them, Celeste!

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