All of which makes me sound like the world's greatest cook, right? The irony, though, is that this recipe emerged from a grand mistake: I found the original version in the newspaper and it included the burgers themselves, a sauce, and a slaw (which I haven't included here, because it's not very good).
Glancing at the recipe, I dug all of the ingredients out and started mixing, not realizing that I was actually adding components intended for the sauce into the burgers themselves.
Yeah. A Ph.D. in English, and I can't even read.
Anyhow, the result was fantastic. So that's what I've done ever since. I've also added a couple things to give the burgers more texture and a bit more flavor. If your kids don't like cilantro, you can always leave it out, although, frankly, you might want to just get new kids instead.
One final note: part of what makes these such a good meal for kids is that a lot of the spice is in the sauce. That in mind, let the kids test the sauce first to see if they want any. If they don't, no big deal--that just means more for the grownups.
Grilled Chinese Chicken Burgers
1 lb ground chicken breast
1 lb ground chicken (if you can't find both ground chicken and chicken breast, use two pounds of whatever you can find)
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP hoisin sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil
1 TBSP sugar
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TBSP minced lemongrass
2 TBSP minced cilantro
1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1 can water chestnuts, drained and chopped (sometimes I use slightly less)
3/4-1 cup store-bought bread crumbs
6-8 hamburger buns, toasted (I usually split them and put them on the grill, face down, for 2-3 minutes as the grill is warming up)
3/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1-2 TBSP Thai chili sauce
2TBSP hoisin sauce
- Combine the first 12 ingredients (from ground chicken to bread crumbs). Mix together well, using your hands. If it's still sticky when well mixed, add another 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs
- Fashion into 10-12 patties of moderate thickness. I like to make them of varying sizes, so that the kids can pick and choose. (Don't worry about leftovers: these reheat really well, and are even good cold)
- Now mix the sauce, adding the mayonnaise, the lime juice and zest, the chili sauce and the hoisin.
- Heat your grill, toasting the buns for a few minutes just to make them a little crispy.
- Grill the burgers, roughly 10-15 minutes, turning frequently. These cook quickly and throughly, so keep an eye on them.
- Serve on the buns, with sauce (if desired).
Will, who will request these by name and mock any of his friends who don't like them: 10
Lucy--really, you have to ask?: 10
Jamie, who's into being contrary: 9
Ellen, who's not much of a meat-eater, but loves these: 10
Paul, who's looking less like a former swimmer and more like a former linebacker: 11