Paleo Chicken Bacon Burgers
I know what you’re thinking. Paleo chicken bacon burgers? Need. Let’s get that need satisfied with this amazing burger recipe.
Buying Ground Chicken
Making chicken burgers doesn’t have to be a grind. You have a few options available for ground chicken; some you may not even know about.
At the store, you can get the packaged pre-ground stuff, or you can ask the butcher to grind it for you.
Asking the butcher to grind the meat gives you the option of choosing dark or white meat chicken.
Darker meat is going to have more fat and more flavor. Of course, it’s a preference, and white meat will also work perfectly well.
Keep in mind this recipe also calls for onion, bacon, and garlic, so you’ll gain a lot of flavor from those add-ins.
Grinding Your Own Chicken
If you’ve got a food processor or grinder (or grinder attachment), you can purchase deboned thighs or boneless breasts and grind the chicken yourself at home.
This gives you the option of selecting the type of meat you want. Thighs, with their added fat, might give your burgers some extra juiciness.
Before grinding, cut the meat into one inch cubes. Chicken that is cold, even slightly frozen, is a tad easier to grind.
Cooking The Burgers
There are a lot of ways to get your patties ready for primetime. I suggest frying on the stove, as that’s an option you can use any time of year.
I like to fry chicken burgers in avocado oil, which has a mild taste and high smoke point.
You could also use an indoor contact grill, or throw them in the oven. An oven-safe skillet or grill pan works well for this.
And then of course there’s the old-fashioned way of grilling outdoors.
Regardless of which method you choose, make sure you do not overcook these. While you want to be safe and make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked, nobody likes a dried out or rubbery chicken burger!
What to Eat on Paleo
Jumping into Paleo can be like learning a new language or sport. There are a lot of rules to learn.
Becoming fluent takes time, but any effort you make is going to make you healthier. To start, take a look at this comprehensive Paleo food list.
You’ll find a handy infographic detailing foods you should eat often, sometimes, and not at all. This detailed guide may well answer your questions about whether particular foods pass muster – or not.
A flavorful treat of a burger.
- 2 lb (900 g) ground chicken
- 4 slices of bacon, finely diced
- 1/4 medium onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) of avocado oil, to cook with
- Combine the ground chicken, bacon, onion, garlic, and parsley. Form small patties from the mixture.
- Fry the patties in the avocado oil in batches. Make sure the burgers are fully cooked.
- Serve with guacamole or some mango salsa.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 287
- Sugar: 0 g
- Fat: 23 g
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 21 g