Friday, September 18, 2015

Mexican Burger

Tonight's menu
Mexican chicken burger
Southwestern Slaw
Pico de gallo
Lime infused Guacamole
Habanero hot sauce

Inspired by the flavors of Mexican cuisine and the American burger, here is a perfect combo that will satisfy your appetite and taste buds alike. This easy to make and healthfully prepared burger uses wholesome ingredients and tastes awesome. Fresh veggies go inside the tangy southwestern slaw, salsa, and guacamole.  A blend of herbs and spices gives the burger itself an earthy and spicy taste. I have used several types of chilies in this meal and each one brings with it a unique flavor note. A must try for all the burger connoisseurs.

Mexican chicken burgers
1 lb minced chicken
1 egg
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
2-3 cloves garlic (large), grated
Handful fresh coriander, chopped fine
1 tbsp bread crumbs
1-2 tbsp taco seasoning (see recipe below)
Salt to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. If the mixture is too soft add some more breadcrumbs. It should be a fairly loose mixture. 
  2. Divide into four equal parts and moisten your palms to shape into round patties. 
  3. Place in a single layer and cover. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour before cooking. This will set them for easy handling. 
  4. Grill for 7-8 minutes per side till cooked through and golden on both sides. 
  5. For a Vegetarian option substitute mince chicken with paneer, tofu or boiled potato or a combination of these. I have also tried boiled soy granules mixed with boiled potato. Just keep the flavoring same. You can pan fry or grill these. Comes out great.

To serve
4 Burger Buns
Guacamole (see recipe below)
Pico de Gallo (see recipe below)
Sour cream or hung yogurt (optional)
Olives, sliced (optional)
Jalapeno rings (optional)
Southwestern slaw (see recipe below)
Habanero hot sauce (recipe)
  1. To serve spread guacamole on the burger bun.
  2. Top with the grilled chicken patty followed by cheese and pico de gallo.
  3. Top with a dollop of sour cream, olives, and Jalapeno rings.  
  4. Serve with a side of Southwestern slaw, pico de gallo, extra guacamole and habanero sauce for an out of the world burger experience. 
Taco seasoning (mix well)
Ingredients (makes 2 1/2 tbsp)
1 tbsp chili powder
1/3 tsp garlic powder
1/3 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin

Southwestern Slaw
Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 cup fine shredded cabbage
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
1 jalapeno minced
handful chopped coriander
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp honey
salt to taste
  1. Combine everything and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  2. The longer you you keep it, more flavorful it will be.

Jalapeno Pico de Gallo 
Ingredients: (makes 1 cup)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 red onion chopped fine
2-3 jalapeno peppers minced
handful chopped coriander
1/2 tsp lime juice
salt to taste
Combine everything and mix well.

Lime infused Guacamole 
Ingredients: (makes 1 cup)
2 ripe avocados mashed
2 cloves garlic minced fine
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp lime zest
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mash the avocados with the lime juice, garlic, and salt. Season with pepper. 
  2. Adjust with more lime juice if necessary to taste.


  1. Looks and sounds totally enticing. I wish I was invited for this dinner. Burger patty looks succulent and juicy and the flavours you have incorporated in the Burger will make the taste buds sizzle.

    1. Thanks very much. You are welcome anytime.

  2. This is just WOW. Loved each and every part of it. Looks so flavorful and yum :)