Healthy Chicken Burgers
Healthy chicken burgers are a great red-meat substitute for feeding your friends and family for this fourth of July celebration. The Himalayan salt rock is a healthy fun way to cook burgers with a perfectly salted taste that everyone will love. Once you use the salt rock you will never go back, all your grilling will be on the salt rock.
The Himalayan Salt Rock
I learned about cooking with a Himalayan salt block one Christmas when my co-worker mentioned she was giving one as a gift to her brother in law. She saw the confusion on my face and brought up the link to one on Amazon.com. The Himalayan salt rock is simply a 1 1/2 inch to 2-inch thick salt rock platter that you use to cook your food. The salt block was touted as a healthier option for salt since it was free of additives and not a processed salt. When you cook with one of these, it leaves behind some saltiness from the stone. You do not need to spice with salt at all when you cook on a Himalayan salt rock. The block is pure from the salt mines, so its a much healthier option than table salt.
Turkey or Chicken Burgers
I was really excited to use my salt block for the first time. My first thought was what should I make? Since have been trying to cook more healthy meals, however, I thought I needed to do either turkey or chicken burgers. The health benefits of chicken and turkey over beef are obviously less fat. Besides being a healthier option, ground chicken, and turkey is much cheaper than beef. With today’s grocery prices, that makes good sense.
Adding More Spice
This is pure Himalayan salt from a vein in the Himalayan mountains. Cooking with the Himalayan salt block adds a unique salt flavor to your meat. You will find that you rarely, if ever, need to add salt to your dishes. Use the usual spices for your food and leave out the salt. I added a teaspoon of garlic, a half a teaspoon of fresh ground pepper, and a tablespoon of Italian bread crumbs. The bread crumbs did have some sodium, but it was not enough salt to make the meat too salty even after cooking it on the salt block.
This is a fun way to cook burgers and will leave all your friends and family raving. The recipe calls for ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard, however, my favorite condiment on my burger has always been thousand island dressing. I also love avocado on my burgers, which turned this into a California chicken burger. I am certain you will have a blast cooking your burgers on a salt block.
Click here to read more about the benefits of using Himalayan salt in your cooking.
If you love cheeseburgers, see my recipe for Cheeseburger Pockets. One of the most delicious ways to eat a burger.
Healthy Chicken Burgers
A delicious and healthy twist on traditional cheeseburgers.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 tbsp Italian bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 4 large hamburger buns
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- 3 c shredded lettuce
- 1 jar dill hamburger slices
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- 1 small small red onion, sliced thin, optional
- 4 slices deli cheese
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
Place your Himalayan salt rock on your the lit grill and slowly heat up the rock. If you heat the rock too quickly then you risk cracking it, or having it explode, so heat slowly. It can take up to 40 minutes to properly heat a Himalayan salt rock. The rock should reach a surface temperature of at least 440 degrees F. Read your distributors instructions before using. This website takes no responsibility for improperly used kitchen equipment.
While the rock is heating, mix the ground chicken in a bowl with the Italian bread crumbs, garlic and ground pepper. Mix well and form into patties. Slice the tomato, onion, and avocado and set aside. Prepare condiments for serving as needed.
Place the burgers on the heated salt rock and leave the grill cover off. Cook burgers on each side for around 6 minutes or until well done. If using cheese, place the cheese on once the second side is almost cooked, about the last one or two minutes.
Remove from grill and place on a plate. Let the meat rest while buns are dressed with your favorite toppings and condiments.