Bird and bacon burgers

I saw a fast-food establishment’s commercial raising a flap over its new, and so-called healthy, turkey burger. I have never eaten a turkey or chicken burger that tasted better than overcooked yard mulch, no matter whether it was one I made myself or purchased. Then I noted the latest trend in beef burgers: Instead of putting bacon on top of the patty, it’s worked into the meat. Sean Brock at Husk in Charleston, S.C. has a biggie here.

Bacon makes everything better, so maybe it could redeem bird burgers. I ground about three pounds of boneless chicken thighs with three slices of smoky bacon (a strip per pound sounded right), three cloves of garlic and half a Vidalia onion. I intended to use the grinder attachment to my mixer, but the mixer died (anyone know where I can get a KitchenAid repaired?). The food processor made an adequate substitute. I chilled the mixture for at least an hour., then shaped it into patties.

Unless your grill grate is nonstick, oil it first or brush the patties with olive oil. When flipped the patties, I brushed the cooked sides with a sweet-smoky barbecue sauce. To serve, I brushed the bottom of toasted buns with the same barbecue sauce and topped the patties with Romaine lettuce (just picked, delivered by a neighbor) and a little mayo.

They were probably the best bird bird burgers I’ve had, although upping the bacon wouldn’t hurt one little bit. It never does.

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2 Responses to “Bird and bacon burgers”

  • Comment from Meghan

    This post left me drooling. Oh, bacon. I can’t imagine life without it.

    I find the best way to deal with KitchenAid mixer issues is to tweet at @KitchenAidUSA. The company is really responsive!

  • Comment from Debbie

    Oh, bacon, my love…. As for the mixer, I’ll try that but I have a feeling they’ll just tell me to send it to the service center in Winston-Salem. I’d like to find out if this is a terminal illness or something easily fixes. The motor runs intermittently. I think it’s a gear or something.

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