BBQ Chicken Burgers

June 30, 2014 · 4 comments

in burgers and sandwiches,chicken/poultry,healthy

Barbecue sauce and I have a bit of a sordid past. I started out not really liking it at all. I can’t tell you the first time I ever ate barbecue sauce by choice, but it was definitely in my twenties. Eventually I started coming around, first with my love for Sweet Baby Ray’s and then making my own when I discovered that one had HFCS.

When I got pregnant with Zachary, I had exactly two food aversions: barbecue sauce and ginger (which is weird, because ginger is supposed to be helpful during pregnancy). When I was approximately 30 seconds (unknowingly) pregnant with Ian, I walked into my office suite to smell someone reheating barbecue sauce and I instantly felt nauseous. Who needs EPT when you have barbecue sauce?

I’m telling you all of this as an excuse for why it took me a while to make these burgers. I need to REALLY be in the mood for barbecue sauce or for some reason, it still makes me queasy. I have no idea why, and I can only wish I had similar feelings toward things like cake and nachos.

It’s so secret I love making chicken burgers. Ground chicken is a blank canvas, as far as flavors are concerned, and they can generally be kept pretty lean, too. I’m always looking for new versions, and this one fits the bill. The burgers are flavored with paprika, garlic, mustard, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce. They’re topped with more sauce and some sharp cheddar, which  I have always loved with BBQ sauce. Josie added leftover pulled pork to hers, which would no doubt be awesome, but we didn’t have any, unfortunately. I did decided to put these on yeasted cornbread buns, because who doesn’t like cornbread with BBQ? I was just thinking that these would be pretty awesome on biscuits, too. Because – biscuits.

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Kate June 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I’m rethinking our friendship right now. I literally recoiled when I read you didn’t like barbeque sauce.

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elly June 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

But I like it NOW! Well, most days.

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Joanne July 1, 2014 at 6:12 am

I have definitely been on the fence about bbq sauce for most of my life! But lately I can enjoy it on veggie burgers…so long as it’s a really good bbq sauce! :P

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

You are right. Chicken is a blank canvas. It’s pretty boring if you don’t add a little color. I think you did a great job in seasoning this burger. The photo made me want to bite the screen. So I pinned it.

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