I’m a latecomer to the chicken burger, but the important thing is that I’ve found it and now I love it. Is it any wonder then that Giada De Laurentis is the one who introduced this to me? I don’t mean personally, though that would be fabulous if we were really friends! Giada, if you’re reading this, let’s have lunch! Anyway, here’s the delicious recipe that I didn’t even feel a need to modify…it’s that good!
Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Rosemary Mayo
by Giada De Laurentiis
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 sandwich rolls or burger buns
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup arugula
For the burgers: Preheat a gas or charcoal grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, add the ground chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture. Using clean hands, gently combine the ingredients and form the chicken mixture into 4 patties. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.
Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the mayonnaise mixture. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden.
To assemble the burgers: Spread a dollop of the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the tops and bottoms of the toasted buns. Place the chicken burgers on the bottom halves of the buns. Top each with 1/4 cup of arugula and finish with the top half of the bun.