A gorgeous combination of flavors makes these burgers an instant family favorite. You might want to make a double batch!
- 1 lb. ground chicken breast (see note)
- 4oz uncooked bacon, diced
- 1 cup finely diced red onion
- 1 Granny Smith (or other favorite) apple, cored and finely diced
- 3–4 Tbsp fresh sage (or 3–4 tsp. dried)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2–3 Tbsp of your favorite cooking fat (I love bacon fat here, but olive oil or avocado oil are great choices)
- In a medium saute pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until onion is starting to caramelize. Add diced apple and cook an additional 2-3 minutes to slightly soften the apple.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse bacon to grind. Add chicken and pulse to combine. Add caramelized onions and apples, sage, salt, and pepper. Pulse to combine.
- Form 5-6 patties with your hands, slightly pressing down on the centers with your thumb. (Burgers plump up in the middle as they cook, so pressing the centers down helps them to cook more evenly).
- Heat 2 Tbsp of your favorite cooking fat to a pan (I prefer cast iron) and heat over medium-high heat. Add burgers a few at a time (don’t overcrowd the pan!) and cook 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional 2-4 minutes or till cooked through.
- Serve with desired toppings!
- Some suggestions:
- Classic burger toppings–tomato, lettuce, onion, etc.
- Apple chutney
- Chipotle mayo
- Apple cabbage slaw
*I usually grind my own chicken breast in my food processor fitted with a metal blade. I pulse until it’s finely ground, making sure there aren’t any large pieces left.