Chicken Burgers with Maple-chipotle Mayonnaise and Pickled Cucumber
This burger feels fresh and different – and it’s on the healthy side as far as burgers go. You could make it even lighter by ditching the bun, keeping the onions raw and enjoying it as a salad – perfect in the summer straight off the barbecue. We do love the whole fun of a burger, though, using your hands to eat and generally making a bit of a mess! We like to mince our own meat, as it has a better texture and flavour. Do try to get hold of the chipotle in adobo sauce, too; it really takes the burger to a whole new level. You can buy it from big supermarkets or online.
|700g||chicken (minced or not; use a mixture of breast and thigh)|
|10||spring onions, finely chopped|
|4 tbsp||finely grated Parmesan|
|75g||peeled and grated fresh ginger|
|4||cloves of garlic, crushed|
|large bunch of coriander, stalks and leaves chopped|
|1½ tbsp||rice wine vinegar|
|3 tbsp||toasted sesame oil|
|1½ tbsp||soy sauce|
|2||limes, zest and juice|
|groundnut oil (or other flavourless oil), for frying|
|For the pickled cucumbers:|
|2 tbsp||rice wine vinegar|
|1 tsp||caster sugar|
|1 tsp||toasted sesame seeds|
|1||red chilli, sliced|
|For the maple-chipotle mayonnaise:|
|5||chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp harissa)|
|1||lime, zest and juice|
|1 tsp||maple syrup and salt and pepper|
|burger buns (we like to toast them a little)|
|2||Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated|
|2||plum tomatoes, cut into 1cm slices|
|2||red onions, cut into half moons and fried until crisp|
1. First make the pickled cucumber. Mix the vinegar and the sugar together until it dissolves. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the cucumber lengthways, working all the way round but stopping when you get to the seeds. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber strips and toss; set aside. When you are ready to serve, lightly toast the sesame seeds and scatter over the cucumber along with the chilli.
2. Make the mayo: put the mayonnaise in a blender with the chipotle peppers, lime zest and juice and maple syrup and season.
3. If you are using minced chicken then simply place in a bowl. If not, roughly chop up, removing any gristle and pop into a food possessor. Pulse until it is just minced – you do not want to form a paste. Add the rest of the burger ingredients to the minced chicken, season with salt and pepper and combine. Using your hands, shape into about 10 burgers and place on a plate, then flatten slightly with your hand (you don’t want them too thick as they must cook fully all the way through, unlike traditional beef burgers).
4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken burgers and cook, in batches, for 4 minutes each side – they should be well seared. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper (we would always check one by cutting in half to make sure they are fully cooked – do not serve pink).
5. Serve in toasted buns with lettuce, tomatoes, crispy onions, a generous dollop of the smoky mayo and the pickled cucumber on the side.