Southern fried chicken burgers tend to summon up an image of unhealthy American fast food but it doesn’t need to be. These are finished in the oven and require only a small amount of oil for cooking.
400g minced chicken (breast and leg)
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
3 cloves minced garlic
1 small onion, minced
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbs salt
Ground pepper to taste
2 tbs tomato ketchup
1 tsp garlic powder
Breadcrumbs (panko if possible)
Place the chicken in a large bowl and add all of the ingredients apart from the breadcrumbs. Mix well and then remove a small portion and fry in olive oil to test for seasoning. If the meat needs more seasoning or heat then add the appropriate ingredients and repeat the process.
When you are happy with the falvour of the meat add a good handful of breadcrumbs and mix well, you need to do this as the chicken tends to be quite a wet mixture.
Lay the remaining breadcrumbs on a large plate and shape the meat into burgers before generously coating them in breadcrumbs. Place in the fridge and chill for at least 20 mins.
When ready to cook add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a non-stick pan and heat until very hot. Add the burgers and fry antil golden brown on each side, this should only take about 4-5 mins each side. Depending on the thickness of the burgers transfer them to an oven at 200c for about 20 mins to finish them off.
Serve on crusty bread with salsa and salad.