Chicken Chive Burger

This burger—a healthy homage to New York City’s premier fast-food joint, Shake Shack—is made from ground chicken that’s spiked with chives, lemon juice, bread crumbs, and Dijon mustard to build a flavorful, juicy burger. For a completely healthy menu, add Potato Poppers and a Strawberry Buttermilk Shake (buttermilk and sorbet replace ice cream).

Reprinted from the book Mad Hungry Cravings by Lucinda Scala Quinn. Copyright © 2013. Published by Artisan Books.

Chicken Chive Burger

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    1 1/2 pounds ground chicken (light and dark meat) 4 slices Fontina cheese (optional)
    1 teaspoon coarse salt 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Sliced tomato (optional)
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Sliced red onion (optional)
    1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs Lettuce (optional)
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Mayo (optional)
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives Pickles (optional)


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    • 1

      Preheat an outdoor grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat. Combine the chicken, salt, pepper, mustard, bread crumbs, lemon juice, and chives in a large bowl. Form into four ½-inch-thick patties.

    • 2

      Grill the patties, flipping once, until the juices run clear (the center should register 160°F on an instant-read thermometer), 8 to 10 minutes. Top the patties with the cheese during the last minute of cooking, if using, and cover the grill or pan to melt it.

    • 3

      Meanwhile, lightly grill the cut side of the buns, if desired.

    • 4

      Serve with any or all of the garnishes.

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