Saturday, March 5, 2011

Chicken Jalapeño Pepper Jack Sliders ~ Poultry Burger Nirvana

Chicken Jalapeño Pepper Jack Sliders

The goal when making a Chicken/Turkey Burger is three fold:

1.) Keep the burger moist

2.) Keep the burger from falling apart when cooking

and last...achieve both one and two while...

3.) Keeping the burger from tasting like a meatball


In efforts to achieve this goal and stumble upon, "Poultry Burger Nirvana,"  I took the following steps:

I used one egg white (omitting the yolk) and crushed tortilla chips to act as the burger's binding agents.

The cheese mixed in (as oppose to melted on top) also helped secure the burger while ensuring it moist and delicious!

Topped with lettuce, tomato, thinly sliced red onion, a crispy piece of bacon and served along side fresh tortilla chips and an ice cold Negra Modelo...



Chicken Jalapeno Pepper Jack Sliders
yields about 16 chicken sliders

2 lb ground chicken (I prefer ground chicken to turkey if I can find it)
1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips (I used low salt chips)
1 egg white
3/4 cup diced Pepper Jack Cheese (small dice cubes)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and diced
1 scant tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
Fresh cracked pepper

Recommended Toppings:
Crisp, thinly sliced Red Onion
Jalapeno slice, fresh or pickled!

Saute up the onion and jalapeno pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let get to room temperature.

In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, crushed chips, egg white, cheese, onion/jalapeno mixture, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, salt and pepper, until well combine.

Form into 3 inch diameter burger patties.

Place in the refrigerator or freezer to set (if desired).

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium, high heat. Once hot add a touch of cooking spray and fry up the sliders in batches about 3 minutes per side to brown the outside.

Place sliders in the oven for 8-10 minutes to cook through.

Toast buns and serve with favorite toppings!


Clint said...

This is it. This is what any guy worth his salt is wanting when he comes to din-din. This is what will make him KEEP coming to din-din. I like lots of jalapeno on mine. And I will be eating two of them, thank you. Great, great post.

Lea Ann said...

I really appreciate this post, as the last chicken burger I attempted was so dry and somewhat tasteless. I really like the combo of spices here. Will be trying this soon.

chrysta said...

Awesome burger combo. Me and my hubs love everything and anything with jalapenos. the spicier the better!

chow and chatter said...

wow now this is a burger send one to me!

Courtney said...

Drool! How amazing does this look?! I can only imagine how delicious it tastes. In my book, jalapenos make everything perfect. :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Awesome! LOve the cheese in the burger along with the tortilla chip, way better than boring old bread crumbs :) You make the most fun food I've seen in a long time :)

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You are on fire. This is not just poultry burger nirvana - I'm guessing it could compete with the beefy heavyweights as well. It's on my 'must grill' list. Thanks for sharing!

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, I don't think I've ever seen a burger look more appetizing!

Joanne said...

Oh yeah. This is definite nirvana. Love that you mixed the cheese INTO the burger. then you get the perfect amount in every bite!

Unknown said...

(So I hit the publish comment button and I got an error.. if I double post, I'm sorry!!!)
Nirvana is a word I would use for sure!! Those look and sounds so incredibly good. I could eat so many I'd probably regret it...but it would be SO worth it!!

Katerina said...

I believe you succeeded in all three prerequisites for the perfect burger. These burgers look juicy, perfectly rounded and loaded with taste!

laurie said...

I like the idea of the chips in the burger...Iv'e never tried that!

Marc van der Wouw said...

Now That's a nice burger!!!... yum yum yum

The Food Hound said...

Damn, girl, you make a good lookin' burger!! I need to make more of them. They're a Hound fan favorite! I have used tortilla chips in burgers and I agree, they're awesome!!

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

Damn do those look delicious! Nice and spicy too - Cheers:)

Edible Art said...

Ooh my favorite type of burger!
i always order the Jalepeno Pepper Jack Burger in restaurants !

btw, your presentation for these burgers are breathtaking .

Pam said...

Way to go! This sounds and looks delicious! Nirvana for sure!

tasteofbeirut said...

Looks and tastes fantastic! What a splendid recipe to feed a crowd,

Cooking Gallery said...

Oh yum, this looks so delicious! I need to try making burger with jalapeno too :D)!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

You have such a beautiful blog and I'm so glad to have found it! These burgers look absolutely delicious. I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! :)

Magic of Spice said...

Very nice! Great shots too :)