With barbeque season coming our way, I figured this recipe would be a good one to post now for your viewing pleasure. This is a burger that I came up with a couple months ago. I knew I was having burgers that particular night but I didn't to make the burgers my usual way. I saw some fresh ginger root in my fridge and thought I would spice up my burgers using that. The flavours of the sweet apple and the spicy ginger are a perfect combination. Another good thing about using ginger was that it took the "raw chicken" flavour out of the chicken. I always find that poultry has a way of tasting "raw" when it is underseasoned. Anyways, give this a try and invite your friends over for a terrific burger barbeque.

Makes 4-6 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground chicken or turkey
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 medium firm apple (golden delicious or granny smith), peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tsps fresh ginger, grated
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup light mayo
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • Mozzarella cheese or Gouda cheese, sliced thin
  • burger buns, lightly toasted
  • lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices
Take a large bowl, add in the ground chicken, salt, pepper, sage, apple, fresh ginger, basil, mayo, and chopped onion. Mix all of the ingredients until just combined. Form 4-6 burgers and place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Place them into the fridge to firm up - for about 30 minutes.

If you plan on using your barbeque then skip this step. Preheat a large cast iron skillet, on medium high heat, and drizzle 1 tbsp of oil. Cook the burgers for a good 7-10 minutes per side. The cast iron skillet will give the burgers a good sear. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, place the slices of cheese on top and let it melt. Place the burgers onto the buns and layer with a tomato slice, lettuce leaf and the usual burger condiments. I happen to love a bit of mango chutney on top of this.

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