Sicilian Chicken Burger
I make whole stuffed tomatoes all the time for my family and I had a pasta dish in Disney a few months back that reminded of my tomatoes but with chicken.So I decided to make a burger with it.
3 pound ground chicken
2 tablespoons fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
3 tablespoons tomatoes chopped to the size of peas
3 gloves roasted garlic
1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Â½ teaspoon cracked sea salt
Dash of cracked black pepper
Â½ cup olive oil
2 8 oz blocks of Athenos Traditional Chunk feta
Â½ cup Italian Panko Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 Fresh ciabatta rolls
2 cups arugula
Vegetable oil for grill
To make the patties, combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, mixing together well to make sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and form into patties. Set aside to continue marinating until grilling time.
To make Garlic Aioli, combine all of the ingredients together whisking aggressively so they emulsify, keep cool until assembling the burgers.
To make the stuffed tomatoes, slice 6 1 inch thick tomato steaks, then hollow the inside to make a little bowl leaving about Â½ inch tomato on the bottom. Then take the pieces of hollowed out tomato and slice into pea size pieces and add to mixing bowl, then chop both blocks of feta up into pea size pieces and add to same mixing bowl along with Â½ cup Italian Panko Bread Crumbs, 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Gently combine as to mix all ingredients well but not break down feta. Then stuff each tomato bowl to the top with this mixture approximately 1/3 of a cup. Place of a fire safe grill pan on the grill cook for about 10 minutes on Medium until soft and feta melting. Wrap in aluminum until assembling the burgers.
Heat the grill to medium about 325 degrees. When the grill is ready, with a cloth towel, rub the grill rack with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place the patties on the rack and close grill lid. After cooking for 5 minutes, the top of the patty should look like it has cooked a little. Flip patties, close the lid and continue cooking another 5. Do not push down on the patty because this will release the juices. Remove the patties from the grill and place the sliced buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
To assemble the burgers, top each side of the bun with 1/2 tablespoon of Garlic Aioli and spread evenly. Then add 1/3 cup of arugula to the bottom of the bun and top with the burger and then the stuffed tomato. Add the top of the Bun and enjoy!
Makes 6 burgers