Swapping out ground beef for chicken in a burger will not only cut out saturated fat, but it will be lower in calories. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to a beef burger, this buffalo chicken burger recipe is for you!
1 pound 93% lean ground chicken (or use ground turkey) (do not use 99%)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of excess moisture with a paper towel (from ½ of a medium zucchini)
2 tablespoons hot or medium buffalo sauce
1/4 cup very finely diced yellow onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns of choice, toasted if desired
4 tablespoons buffalo sauce, for topping
1 large avocado, sliced
Sliced red onion
Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 400 degrees F. Brush the grates with olive oil to prevent sticking.
Make the chicken burgers by adding the ground chicken/turkey, shredded zucchini, buffalo sauce, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix with your hands until evenly combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into 1/2 inch patties.
Grill for 6-8 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. During the last few minutes of cooking the chicken burgers, add a slice of cheddar cheese on top of each burger patty; cover the grill for about 1 minute while the cheese melts.
Place the onion on the bottom of the bun, then the burgers, top with a little bit of extra buffalo sauce, avocado and lettuce. Serve immediately.
Per 1 burger with whole grain bun + toppings
Calories: 502; Fat: 23.2g; Saturated fat: 7.9g; Carbohydrates: 41g; Fiber: 9.6g; Sugar: 1.1g; Protein: 37.2g
Printable recipe available at: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/buffalo-zucchini-chicken-burgers/