Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers- Spice it up!

Burgers!

There's just something about them that make people smile. But burgers don't just have to be a slab of meat on a bun. When I make mine, I like to grab some spices from the spice drawer and have the kids cut a handful of fresh herbs from our garden in order to come up with a mixture that will really jazz things up.

By incorporating some curry, garlic powder, fresh parsley and mint into the ground chicken and sauce, you give the ordinary burger a huge burst of unforgettable flavors. The best part is that you don't need to wait for your summertime grill to enjoy these burgers. They're beyond easy to make in a sauté pan any time of year.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers- Spice it up! (4)

Prep Time: 6 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • sauce:
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 persian cucumbers, peeled, grated & strained
  • pinch of salt

Preparation

1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté onions for 4 minutes until tender and set aside to cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sautéed onions, ground chicken, salt, parsley, garlic and curry powder. Evenly divide mixture and shape into flour patties.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, mint, cucumber and salt to make the sauce.
4. Heat the remaining tbsp of oil in a pan and cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side.
5. Place burgers on buns and top with yogurt sauce and desired accompaniments.

Accompaniments

Burger Buns, Pita Pockets, Tomatoes, Lettuce

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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26 comments

  • Sarah

    Don't burgers need an egg or something to bind them so they don't crumble when sauteed?

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    • Catherine

      Ground chicken is a bit \"stickier\" then red meat, so there's no need for egg.

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  • Meghna

    I actually never use egg in my burger/meatloaf mixtures, but that might be due to using chicken, or turkey, lamb as base to mixture. Beef might be a more crumbly meat. I don't eat beef, so not sure if the consistency if different from other ground meats.

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  • C

    Looks amazing! Putting this on my list of must try

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  • Lori RecipeGirl

    Mmmm, love the spices in these! Looks like a wonderful, unique dinner idea!

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  • Heather Barlow

    Can regular cucumbers be used in place of Persian Cucumbers?

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  • Carissa

    I cant wait to make this for my family!!! All i have is ground turkey though, it will have to do!

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  • Katie Trumbauer

    where can you get ground chicken, I've seen turkey and beef, but no ground chicken?

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    • Catherine

      If your local grocery doesn't carry it pre-packaged you can usually ask at the butcher counter and they'll grind it up for you. I also sometimes throw all the meat (no bones or skin) in my food processor and grind it up real quickly. It works like a charm!

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    • Dilly

      You have the monopoly on useful inerrmation-aofn't monopolies illegal? ;)

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  • Danielle

    That looks DELISH! Going to try it for SURE.

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  • Laura

    Quick question, can we substitute Kosher salt for regular or sea salt?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! You can use any type of salt you prefer.

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  • Deborah

    Can we replace parsley with cilantro? I ran out of parsley and have lots of cilantro instead.

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  • Sara

    What type curry do you use? Yellow?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! Yellow Curry Powder.

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  • Erin

    Those buns look great? Are they store bought or do you have a recipe?

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    • Catherine

      Store bought. Trader Joe's!

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  • Ali

    burgers look great - is there a dairy free option to the yogurt???

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  • Ladyberd

    Made these tonight for my 19-month old... Just the patties and sauce and she loved it! So happy to have her trying new flavors

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  • Feather

    I made these this evening for dinner and they turned out delicious! I made them with ground turkey instead of chicken (what I had), and they were super flavorful. Easy, fast and tasty!

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  • Kathy

    These were delicious. I used veganaise to make the sauce since we have a dairy allergy in the house. Thanks for this recipe!

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  • Diana

    these were terrific! just made them tonight. i did not put the parsley or the cucumber in the yogurt sauce- just the fresh mint and a bit of salt with the greek yogurt. just trying to simplify a bit further. it was still delicious with the burgers. they were so flavorful, yet so simple. i love recipes like this - please keep them coming! usually so-called simple recipes are neither simple nor flavorful. we will definitely be having thee again!

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  • Stephanie

    Could you make pre-make the patties the night before, or would the onions become too soggy?

    Thanks! We loved this!

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  • Elizabeth

    Yum! I will try these with the trader joes buns - thanks! I love your site!

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  • Erin

    So yummy! I made a double batch and grilled them instead of sautéing. Made a few regular sized burgers for Daddy and me and a bunch of little ones for my little guy. Super tasty!

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