Chicken and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole

I went to the Temecula Spice Shop the other day and found GREEN chili powder. I came home and made this super fricken delicious recipe (thank you Rachael Ray)! I doubled the recipe because I new I would want leftovers! So, so, so, so good!

 -Tammy

Health tips: Kidney-friendly, diabetes-friendly, low carb*

Ingredients: 4 servings

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey (I used chicken)
  • 2 4-ounce cans whole green chilies, well drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground green chili powder or other mild chili powder, such as Ancho
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons grated onion with juice, divided
  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated or pasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped plus 2 tablespoons for guacamole
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • 2 small or 1 large, ripe Haas avocados, pit removed and squished from skin
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, grated or finely chopped (optional)
  • Juice of 2 small limes, divided
  • Green or red leaf lettuce
  • 1 small red onion, sliced and pickled
  • 1 Beefsteak or vine-ripe tomato, sliced
  • 4 brioche rolls or hamburger buns, split  (*I went bunless and wrapped mine in lettuce)

Steps:

  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high.   Place the chicken in mixing bowl. Finely chop drained chilies and pat them dry again; add to chicken. Season chicken with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add 3 tablespoons grated onion, 2 cloves grated garlic and about 1/2 cup cilantro to bowl. Mix burger meat and form 4 large thin patties. Add patties to the hot pan and cook 8 minutes turning once; melt a slice of each kind of cheese over top in last minute of cooking time*.
  1. Mash the avocado with remaining 2 tablespoons grated onion and 1 clove grated garlic, the jalapeño, lime juice from 1 lime, and 2 tablespoons cilantro; season with salt to taste.

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  1. Pickle the onions. Place sliced onions in a small bowl, squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the onions and sprinkle with a bit of salt. You can add in a bit of cilantro too, but its not necessary. Toss with your fingers occasionally. Set aside.

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  1. Place lettuce, onion and tomato on bun bottoms, top with cheeseburgers and the bun tops slathered with guacamole*. Or you can wrap it up in lettuce.

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*You can omit the cheese if you  have kidney disease. It’s so flavorful, you won’t even need the cheese. The cheese contains Also, use a bit less of the guacamole if you have kidney disease.

Thank you Rachael Ray for this recipe, my tummy thanks you!

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