I was on a mission to create a burger with the taste of my favourite chicken shawarma. In the end, what I came up with was also a great homage to the Falafel (pretty much the only non-doughnut food I could keep down when I was pregnant… top that). What it boils down to is that if you like Shawarma OR Falafel, you will enjoy these grilled chicken burgers.
Though the flavours are International, the chicken itself is all Canadian. Whether you buy your chicken from the local market or the huge chain store, it is important to know that your chicken was raised in Canada by Canadian farm families. Not only does it keep our dollars within our own country, but it ensures the chicken you feed your family has raised and processed according to the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s high quality standards. For more information, you should read through the following:
Key Issues/Economic Contribution: http://www.chickenfarmers.ca/for-farmers/key-issues-and-messages/
The Farmer’s Share: http://www.chickenfarmers.ca/meet-your-farmers/the-farmers-share/
Give your support to Canadian Raised Chicken: http://www.chickenfarmers.ca/keep-chicken-canadian/
When preparing these chicken burgers, you might be surprised that all of these ‘exotic’ flavours are actually already up in your spice rack. If you need to refresh your spices or are missing one, pop them into the Shopping With Chicken App and you’ll be prepared. The creamy topping for this burger is Toum, something I haven’t actually ever made by myself because my favourite local Lebanese restaurant sells it by the tub. From the recipes I’ve seen, Toum is basically a really, really garlicy egg-free mayo. If you couldn’t find it and didn’t want to make it, you could probably zoom up some garlic in the food processor and add some mayo. Pickled turnip is also a classic addition, they are now easily found in most large supermarkets in the International Foods aisle (also pretty easy to make at home, but again, I haven’t bothered).
Shawarma-Inspired Grilled Chicken Burgers
- 1 pound Canadian-raised extra-lean ground chicken
- 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground paprika
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Sprinkle of salt and black pepper
Mix all the ingredients together and form into 4 patties. The mixture will be really sticky/tacky, so I find making them on parchment squares is the way to go. It also makes it easier to get them on the grill. Because the mixture is so soft, it’s a good thing not to turn them much (this goes for any burger), but no worries, they will firm up and keep moist inside. Just be sure to cook them to an internal temperature of 165 degrees (74 degrees celsius), this averages about 6 minutes per side on a preheated medium-low flame.
Does grilling give you the backyard woes? I know we have been grilling non-stop since we got our new deck last week. Chicken Farmers and Cityline are running a contest which might see you winning a $5000 Backyard Makeover. Be sure to enter at http://platform.cityline.ca/chickenfarmers/2015/. The contest runs until July 26th, so be sure to enter soon.
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Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.