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Clinton Kelly's Chicken Mac and Cheese Burgers

Chicken Mac Cheese Burgers Clinton Kelly
Chicken Burgers topped with Mac and Cheese
skill level
Easy
time
30-60min
servings
6
cost
$
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Chicken Mac and Cheese Burgers Recipe: Mac and Cheese becomes a decadent burger topping on these juicy chicken burgers.
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ingredients
  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Chicken
  • 1 Zucchini (grated)
  • 1 Onion (grated and excess moisture squeezed out)
  • 1 Carrot (grated)
  • 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • For the Mac and Cheese:
  • 1 pound Macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 pound Cheddar Cheese
  • To Assemble:
  • 6 Brioche Rolls
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  • 1
    1 1/2 pounds Ground Chicken
    1 Zucchini (grated)
    1 Onion (grated and excess moisture squeezed out)
    1 Carrot (grated)
    3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
    1 Egg
    Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
    For the Burgers: In a large bowl, combine the chicken with the grated zucchini, onion, carrot, breadcrumbs, egg, and a generous pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper. Fold together until combine. With dampened hands, form into patties, and arrange on a parchment lined sheet tray.
  • 2
     
    On a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat, griddle the patties for 6 to 8 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • 3
    6 Brioche Rolls
    To Assemble: Halve the brioche rolls and lightly toast. Assemble burger. Place a chicken patty on the bottom bun and top with a large scoop of mac and cheese.
  • 4
    1 pound Macaroni
    For the Mac and Cheese: Cook the macaroni according to package directions in salted water. Drain.
  • 5
    2 tablespoons Butter
    1 Onion (diced)
    1 Garlic Clove (minced)
    1 teaspoon Paprika
    1 teaspoon Dried Mustard
    2 tablespoons Flour
    2 cups Milk
    1 pound Cheddar Cheese
    In a large sauce pan, sauté the onions and garlic in the butter over medium heat until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the paprika and the mustard and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the 2 tablespoons flour and the milk and stir until starts to thicken slightly, about 4 minutes. Fold in the cheese and add the macaroni. Stir together and set aside.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Vegetables keep your burgers moist. Before adding them to the meat mixture, though, squeeze the liquid from the grated onions to prevent the burger from becoming too watery.
    2. Ask your butcher to grind white and dark meat chicken for a flavorful combination.
    3. Salt the burgers right before grilling them to prevent the salt from drawing moisture from the vegetables too early.  
    4. Try different types of bread for different burgers -- brioche rolls, wheat bread, and pumpernickel slices provide a nice change from the classic hamburger bun.
 
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