June 29, 2021

Get Red-Hot Chicken Burgers in Your Repertoire

By Nancy Wekselbaum
Get Red-Hot Chicken Burgers in Your Repertoire

Red Hot Chicken Burger

The Red-Hot Chicken Burger is a crispy, cookout-ready recipe that will have your friends and family coming to your house every holiday! The origin of these burgers always gets a laugh, but I think it’s a beautiful example of The Gracious Gourmet’s beginningsMy goal was to turn all of my simple, go-to meals into fully fleshed-out recipes without losing that original, homemade appeal. Our products are what make it so easy!

This particular story goes years back to before I married my husband, Natan. His housekeeper Alba, a wonderful woman who worked for us both until his passing, can be credited for this recipe’s inspirationAlba prepared a quirky little meal we called “Chicken Balls.” Chicken Balls used ground chicken flavored with, well, whatever she pleased! The mixture was shaped into balls and baked — quick, easy and to-the-point! All in all, a great snack that could be personalized with many ingredients. I set to work expanding the recipe and making it my own — experimenting with flavors, toppings and shapes.

As The Gracious Gourmet became an established company, I had plenty of jams, jellies and tapenades to experiment with and add to our favorite meals. I’ve found that while a savory topping does pair nicely with meat (see: our Balsamic Onion Turkey Burgers made with Balsamic Caramelized Onion Spread), there’s something to be said for a well-matched sweet and spicy combo. Slowly, the balls morphed into crisp, tender patties with a red pepper spice, and just a hint of sweetness. The Spicy Red Pepper Jelly from Empresa by The Gracious Gourmet will flavor the ground chicken as well as can be spread over the cooked patties.

Thus, the Red-Hot Chicken Burger was born. Easy to enjoy for any summer meal, this spiced-to-taste dinner is an especially good fit for a cookout. Whether you’re cooking casual or treating guests to gourmet grilling, this burger can be dressed up or down. And if you want a matching appetizer, you could always skip the bun and mold the chicken into little balls — for old time’s sake.

You can call these burgers whatever you like. Our friends and family know them by many names: Red-Hot Chicken Burger, Pepper Jelly Chicken Burger, Red Pepper Chicken Burger or Spicy Chicken BurgerThe recipe can also be adapted to include ground turkey or pork.

 

Red-hot chicken burgers

ingredients

1 pound ground turkey (7% fat)

1/3 cup EMPRESA BY THE GRACIOUS GOURMET SPICY RED PEPPER JELLY

(reserve more jelly to spread on cooked burgers)

1 teaspoon salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 ciabatta rolls or hamburger buns, sliced

instructions

Gently combine ground turkey, SPICY READ PEPPER JELLY, salt and pepper.

Form mixture into 4 patties.

Grill or broil 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once. Serve in rolls.

Makes 4 servings.

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