Monday, May 28, 2012

recipe of the week: chicken feta mini-burgers

over the weekend, brandon and i were looking for a satisfying way to celebrate the memorial holiday and stay within my point balance for the rest of the day. we were inspired to make mini chicken feta burgers after i saw a featured recipe for feta stuffed chicken burgers on our adaption is similar, but on a smaller scale and doesn't include the peppers that made me a wee bit suspicious.

chicken feta mini-burgers
yields: 8 mini chicken burgers
weight watchers+ points: 5 (includes the bun)

- 1 pound lean ground chicken breast
- 1 cup fresh tomato, diced
- 1 cup fresh red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 3 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed (or diced or whatever you can do to make it minced)
- black pepper (to taste)
- 8 sprouted seven grain hamburger bun (found at whole foods)

this is easy. combine all the ingredients in a good sized bowl. use your hands, it's fun!

once everything is nice and combined, roll out 8 balls of burger to be used in a slider pan, or as-is on a grill. i used a slider pan because i bought one at the end of last summer (on clearance) and never used it. pulling it out of the depths of my cabinets was a tremendous feat!

here i am posing with my slider pan and my chicken feta burgers. you can tell i was really excited about using this pan, no?

grill until your chicken burgers are cooked all the way through. then, you'll need buns. i used these crazy sounding sprouted seven-grain hamburger buns (yes, that's the full title) that brandon found at whole foods. they are only 2 points per hamburger bun and seriously packed with nutrition: 10g of fiber, 6g of protein! a one-two punch! they were a little dry, but what can you expect from something made out of seven-freaking-grains?? this is no sourdough, that's for sure.

i was boring with my toppings and just used a dijon mustard (which was an incredible pairing and really brings out the flavor of the feta and oregano). but of course, you can layer on fresh veggies (lettuce, tomato, onion) for 0 point options. brandon tried his burgers with plain 'ole ketchup and agreed that the dijon was a better option.

to finish up the meal, i sliced the rest of the tomato and steamed some fresh michigan asparagus.

all in all, a very satisfying and delicious summer dish. you could totally make these burgers full sized too, it's just fun to have mini things, isn't it? they're so darn cute! :)

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