by Maureen Petrosky
The classic flavors of Chicken Cordon Bleu -- ham, Swiss cheese and thyme -- inspired this easy chicken burger. We like using regular ground chicken, which is a blend of thigh and drumstick meat, to help keep this burger juicy, but feel free to use 100 percent ground chicken breast if you'd like a leaner burger. You'll cut 20 calories and 1 gram saturated fat. Serve with roasted broccoli.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger Recipe
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons finely chopped shallot, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup finely diced ham
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 slices Swiss cheese
8 small slices pumpernickel bread or 4 large slices, cut in half, toasted
12 large leaves spinach, tough stems removed
Preheat grill to medium-high (or see stovetop variation note below).
Combine mayonnaise, mustard, 1 tablespoon shallot and 1/2 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl. Set aside.
Place the remaining 4 tablespoons shallot, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, chicken, ham, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently combine without overmixing. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with cheese and cook until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
Assemble the burgers on toasted bread with the herb mayonnaise and spinach.
To Make Ahead: Prepare herb mayonnaise and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
Stovetop variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155 F (for pork and bison) or 165 (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Per serving: 350 calories; 17 g fat (6 g sat, 6 g mono); 119 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrate; 1 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 3 g fiber; 722 mg sodium; 910 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (63 percent daily value), Potassium (26 percent dv), Folate (25 percent dv), Vitamin C (23 percent dv), Zinc (21 percent dv), Calcium & Magnesium (18 percent dv), Iron (16 percent dv).
1 Carbohydrate Servings
Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat
Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger Recipe, American Cuisine