I thought it was only fitting after my easy tatziki recipe to give you something to eat it with! Even better, I thought it would be great to make that something incorporate the awesome dill pesto I made recently!
This is a great way to make a batch of burgers to keep in the freezer for a night where it’s just too busy (or too hot, or too whatever) to cook. I will usually pull out a half cup of frozen rice and eat this with some tatziki and cut vegetables.
Dill Pesto Chicken Burger
$10.36 or $0.65 per burger
2 pounds of ground chicken- $4
~150grams of bread crumbs- $1.25
1/2 a cup of parmesan cheese- $3.38
2 eggs- $0.45
Dill pesto- $1.28
Start off by putting everything in a bowl (yup, everything!). Season liberally with pepper, less liberally with salt (because of the parmesan). Set out a tray or 2-3 plates to put your formed patties on, and put a pan (or three, if you’re me) on the stove with about half a tablespoon of olive oil in it.
Now, make sure your hands are very clean, because you need to get your hands in that bowl and mix everything fully together. It should feel like you could make a snowball with your meat mix- if it’s too sloppy, you need to add more bread crumbs.
Once all of your patties are formed, pop them into a hot pan. Don’t peek at them for a solid minute, you want to form a crust that will make sure your burgers stay in tact when you flip them.
Once you have waited that time and peeked at the underside of your burgers to see them turning brown, flip them carefully.
Once all of your burgers are flipped, get your meat thermometer ready. It is extremely important to check your ground chicken burgers for safe cooking temperature- not just to avoid food borne illness, but also to preserve the deliciousness of your burger by not overcooking them! You need an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for ground poultry. If you ever need a safe cooking temperature, the Government of Canada has your back.
Once you’ve hit the magical 165 degrees, you can take those babies off and either eat them, or cool them and pop them in the freezer for the next time you need a quick meal!