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Smokey Chicken Burgers w/Caramelised Onions & Homemade Mayo

July 21, 2016

The origin of the hamburger is vaguely recorded. Despite common myths that it was originally made using ham, several theories have cropped up over the years – first attributing the idea of the minced beef or lamb patty to the Mongols, then to the German town of Hamburg, then to several businessmen in the the USA, who sandwiched minced meat patties between slices of bread and served it to customers – all by chance.

Nothing beats a juicy hamburger with a great filling, delicious toppings and the right sauce to go with it! Over the years, the burger has transformed it self, from flavourings, to toppings and even different sauces.

Global fast-food chains like Burger King and McDonald’s took the humble burger across the seas and today, different regions have adapted this rather easily customisable dish to their taste. Take for instance the variety of burgers that one would find in India’s McDonald’s (which I incidentally love – despite my aversion to too much fast and processed food). Or the fact that, chicken bacon or beef bacon/pepperoni make an appearance in burgers in the UAE.

Another adaptation of burgers has been the use of whole slices of meat – instead of minced meat. I’ve found that while it is easy to use any meat for such a burger – chicken works best since minced chicken can dry out rather easily. I developed this recipe last year when I was staying with friends’ when I first arrived in Dubai. I was itching to cook, and one day I decided to make burgers.

Over time, the recipe has remained the same and is quite a hit, so I made it recently again with some gorgeous Rosemary Potato Wedges for dinner.

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Smokey Chicken Burgers with Caramelised Onions and Homemade Mayonnaise
Love this version of chicken burgers....
Course main course
Cuisine american
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Grilled chicken
Caramelised onions
Homemade mayonnaise
Course main course
Cuisine american
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Grilled chicken
Caramelised onions
Homemade mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients for a minimum of half and hour.
  2. Grill on a griddle till cooked and set aside to rest while you assemble the rest of the burger.
For the onions
  1. Put the butter in a sauce pan and heat it till just warm.
  2. Add the sliced onions and saute well till the onions sweat.
  3. Put in the salt and pepper and continue to saute till the onions start becoming golden.
  4. At this point, add in the honey and stir till dark and jammy.
  5. In a mixer, take the egg, salt, pepper and sugar and blitz.
  6. Now add oil in a stream and continue to blitz till the mayonnaise reaches a thick consistency.
  7. It may be possible that you do not need so much oil (it all depends on the density of the oil and the egg).
  8. Add the lemon juice, stir well and place in the fridge till you need to use it.
To assemble, you need:
  1. 4 burger buns; Grilled chicken; mayonnaise; caramelised onions; lettuce; cheese, if you require.
  2. Slice the burger buns horizontally.
  3. Toast them and apply mayonnaise on both sides.
  4. On the bottom bun, place the lettuce
  5. Put the mayonnaise on that, topped with the chicken and then the onions.
  6. Place another lettuce piece (if you like) on top of that and cover with the top portion of the bun.
  7. Serve with potato wedges and ketchup.
  8. I like this burger the way it is. But, feel free to add tomatoes, mustard, cucumber, and other toppings and condiments you would like.
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