Happy Labor Day to all of you hard workers out there! I hope everyone is enjoying their day, eating some delicious food and staying safe! Remember to take a moment and show some gratitude to those in your life who work diligently, day in and day out.
This year instead of grilling the usual beef hamburgers, I decided to put a twist to my Labor Day menu. When you first look at the combination of ingredients you might wonder what I was thinking when I put this together. This is not your everyday burger, it is much better. This sandwich provides a healthy and fresh approach to an old classic. The meaty chicken burger is savory and sweet, with loads of flavor. When you add the tart and crisp apple, sweet raspberry sauce, sharp white cheddar cheese and the bite that the grainy-horseradish mustard brings to the sandwich, you have burger bliss!
For my fellow football lovers, this is a big week with the regular season starting Thursday!! I am working on some recipes that will be perfect for munching on while watching the games 🙂 What are your favorite foods to eat while watching your favorite sport?
Granny Smith’s White Cheddar Chicken Burger
2 lbs. ground chicken breasts
4 scallions finely chopped, white & green parts
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon grill seasoning (I recommend Weber Gourmet Burger Seasoning or McCormick Spicy Montreal Grill Mates)
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning (McCormick Montreal Chicken)
1 tablespoon canola mayo (or whatever you use)
olive oil for drizzling pan or wiping grill
1 granny smith apple cut into 8 pieces
4 slices Vermont white cheddar
1/4 cup seedless red raspberry spreadable fruit
2-4 tablespoons deli-syle mustard with horseradish
4 onion kaiser rolls
4 romaine lettuce leaves
Combine the chicken, scallions, seasonings, and mayo. Form into four equal sized patties and put into the refrigerator until ready to cook.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, when skillet is hot drizzle with olive oil and add the burgers and reduce heat to medium. Cook 6-8 minutes per side, only flipping once. Since this is chicken and not beef check the temperature to ensure doneness, the center of the patty should reach 165 F.
Top burgers with 2 apple slices and cheddar cheese and cover until the cheese is melted.
Spread mustard on buns, add lettuce and burgers, top with the raspberry sauce. Enjoy!
* If you prefer turkey instead of chicken you could swap out the meat and cranberry sauce for the raspberry 🙂