Bacon Apple Chicken Burgers
It's that time of year. The BBQ starts to make a comeback, unless you cook like Camille over at Wayward Spark, and the need for inspired burgers starts to tug. This tasty meat snack is a staple during the warmer months, and leftovers can be reheated for breakfast. Just add a big bed of greens and you've got yourself a meal!
- 2-2 1/2 pounds ground chicken or ground turkey
- 8 oz bacon (if using 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey, you can use 10oz of bacon)
- 1 large apple (good cooking varieties are Granny Smith, Fuji, and Rome Beauty)
- 1 medium onion
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt or truffle salt
- Place bacon in a cold frying pan and then turn on the heat to medium-high. Cook, flipping once or twice, until bacon is crispy.
- Meanwhile, very finely dice onion and apple (you could also grate the apple if dicing is too much work). Chop the rosemary.
- When the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan and add the onion to the bacon fat in the pan. Saute 5 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to soften. Add the apple and rosemary and continue sauteing until onion is browned and both onion and apple are soft (about 5-8 more minutes, depending on how finely diced your onion and apple are).
- Once bacon has cooled enough to handle, chop into small pieces (think bacon bit size).
- Combine ground chicken, bacon, apple and onion mix, and salt in a bowl. Mix well with your hands. Form into patties. If your pan cooled down, heat it back up over medium heat (if it’s still hot, just turn the element down to medium). You may want to add a tablespoon of cooking fat (more bacon grease would be great, but you can use whatever cooking fat you have on hand). Add the patties to the pan (you might want to cook in batches).
- Cook patties, flipping once half way, until fully cooked (internal temperature should be 160F and I definitely recommend checking with a meat thermometer). This will take 15-25 minute total, depending on the size of your patties.