Okay…. so apparently I’ve been a little obsessed with burgers lately. Perhaps it’s because I’m being hopeful that spring weather will soon be upon us – we got snow yesterday… April 2nd… and I’m feeling a little depressed about it. The weather forecast, however, does look promising and I don’t see any below zero degrees Celsius in the next week. Pray that the weather network isn’t lying, and that the temperature will warm up, bring rain, and get rid of the six-foot snowbanks that encompass every street in the city. To me, burgers are something that you eat in the summer, you barbecue them on your patio, or at camp, the sun beaming down on you – seriously, I’m getting sick of this snow, maybe if I keep cooking summer foods mother nature will get the hint and bring me some double digit temperatures.
So the recipe I’m going to share today is great because not only does it taste fantastic, but it’s also relatively healthy, like most of my recipes. Burgers are typically a little higher in calories, since they usually are accompanied by a bun, some sauces, and in my burgers, cheese and turkey bacon, but trust in me when I say that this is well worth it. Each burger patty will run you just over 300 calories – the rest depends on what toppings you would like to add. For this burger I added a slice of turkey bacon to top my ground chicken patty, as well as a slice of mozzarella, some fat free ranch salad dressing, a few lines of Sriracha (because I love me some spice) and a few slices of red onion. I served it, of course, on a whole wheat Ezekial bun and ate it with a cucumber and tomato Greek style salad.
For the patties I combined ground chicken, bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and some PC Chicken Barbecue Sauce – but you can use any sauce. I mashed all the ingredients together with my hands, and then formed the mix into four 4 oz patties. I cooked the burgers in a skillet, covered, for about 6 minutes on each side, then topped them with bacon and cheese, re-covered, and then cooked for an additional 30 seconds (or until the cheese has melted). I pretty well cook all my burgers the same way – in a skillet, as I am not allowed to have a barbecue, and for about 12 minutes. I then topped the burgers with Kraft’s Fat Free Ranch Dressing – I love this stuff because it’s creamy and thick and doesn’t really taste like fat free. If you’re looking for a taste that’s closer to the full fat dressing, you can always go for the Calorie-Wise Ranch Dressing from Kraft – it pretty well tastes exactly like the full fat version. I of course, made it spicy, and couldn’t resist adding a little Sriracha Sauce. I developed this recipe by working off this one from JuliesEatsandTreats.com.
Bacon Ranch Barbecue Chicken Burgers
makes four 4 oz. burgers
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 4 slices of bacon
- 4 slices of cheese (I used Mozzarella)
- 4 tbsp ranch dressing (about 1 tbsp per burger)
- Sriracha Sauce (if you like it spicy)
- Other garnishes of your choice – tomatoes, onion, spinach, etc.
- 4 Burger Buns
- In a medium bowl, combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, spices and barbecue sauce. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
- Divide the chicken mixture into four and make four equally sized patties (they should be about 4 oz. each)
- Place in a skillet and cook covered on medium heat for six minutes. Covering helps your burger get an even cook. Flip and repeat.
- Add bacon slices and cheese to each burger patty, cover, and cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the cheese has melted.
- Remove burger patties from heat, serve on a bun and top each burger with ranch dressing, Sriracha, and you favourite burger garnishes.
- Eat it!
I promise that you will LOVE this burger. It’s got a great taste and I LOVE adding the spicy Sriracha to give it a kick. I promise I will make something else other than burgers at some point – they’re just so easy and versatile – meaning that they’re great for a weeknight dinner. For more burger ideas please see my Burger Lover board on Pinterest. Happy Cooking!!