I believe the key to a great burger is to almost entirely leave it alone. No, that does not mean to not use ANY seasonings, it means to use minimal seasonings. For example, when I make variations of burgers, I will replace one ingredient with something else. I will not, however, just add another ingredient to a patty already covered in a ton of other ingredients. Less is more when it comes to something you’re eventually going to grill. I’m all for variation, just don’t load the poor thing up with unnecessary ingredients. Below is my recipe for a basic chicken burger. No frills, just chicken.
- 4 chicken patties (I used Perdue but you can also buy ground chicken and just mold your own)
- Garlic Powder
- Goya Adobo
- Black Pepper
- Warm up a cast iron griddle over medium-heat on a stove (if you’re grilling these babies on a BBQ, then well, I hope you already know how to get the ball rolling).
- In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, Adobo, salt, and black pepper. Taste it a few times until it’s to YOUR liking. Some people like less garlic, I don’t associate with such criminals. I also do not believe in measuring when it comes to seasoning meat, because no.
- Massage the dry rub into each patty, making sure both sides of each patty are covered in the rub as evenly as possible.
- Place each patty on the stove and cook both sides for 6-8 minutes (each…Meaning a total cook time of 12 or 16 minutes). The cook time entirely depends on your griddle, your stove, your BBQ, the weather, etc. Okay, maybe not the weather.
- Heat up some hamburger buns on the same griddle. Who wants a cold bun against a hot patty? Ayoooo!
- Remove patties and buns from griddle and serve!
These came out delicious! They were juicy and flavorful. The garlic powder gave them a nice kick while the Adobo helped to balance the rest of the flavors out. Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post: less is more when it comes to burgers. Fancy burgers (in my opinion) are not good because they have too much going on all at one time. When it comes to burgers, use the KISS method. Don’t know what that is? Google is your friend.