Asian Chicken Burgers

There are two imperatively crucial subject matters that I must exclaim to all the lands right now.

1) Asian chicken burgers rule my face.
2) Steam from a tea pot burns the skin like a mother.

Let’s start with the first subject matter. Has your mouth experienced an Asian chicken burger before? Guess how many lids you’re going to flip when I tell you what’s in these. PEANUTS. Chopped up magical roasted peanuts that offer crunch and depth and the promise of a new day.


Okay so the *&@% steam. This morning I was making my coffee. My water was almost at its boiling point. The French press sits on the counter with coffee grounds resting in the bottom. The tiny hiss of a whistle begins. I pick up the tea pot and start to slowly pour the water into the French press. Then the dang lid slides off the tea pot and the steam body slams my right pinky finger like an angry villain with a sword or a dagger. I scream and scare my dog to the point of urination.


Okay so the burgers. The crunch doesn’t stop at just peanuts, ohhhh ho ho no. There’s panko in them too. Or painko like my sister says. And an herbilicious truck load of cilantro and scallions. (If cilantro makes you barfy, just throw in a bunch of parsley. OR EVEN MINT. Man, I should have done that.)

And for more lid flipping, we have fresh garlic, a drizzle of soy sauce, LEMON ZEST (!!) and a healthy pinch of crushed red pepper for that perfect tinge of spice that makes ya want slap your own booty.

And I don’t think I need to go into how pimp the “buns” are. Just look at this brilliant loaf of bread.

Yes. Yes.


Okay so the steam. Once my heart rate settled down, I assessed the situation and have made the decision for my hand to take permanent residency in my freezer for the next forever.

If the skin bubbles, is that bad?


Okay so the burgers. The garnishes are going to push all of this lid flipping over the edge. Sweet chili sauce, thinly sliced peppery radishes and 30 more cups of cilantro. I am on the verge of fainting just remembering this.


Okay so the steam. What does it mean when a finger turns bright red, then fades quickly to a shade resembling death, then turns to ashes and blows off my hand in a swift spring breeze, leaving me with a nubbin? Should I make a call to someone? A doctor? The circus?

Okay so the burgers. If you don’t find these on your tongue today, I’ll hurt for you. So will my finger.

Asian Chicken Burgers:

(inspired by My Cooking Hut)

What it took for 4 burgers:
* 1 pound ground chicken
* 1/4 cup soy sauce
* 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
* 1/2 cup panko
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more leaves for garnish
* 3 scallions, finely chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 tsp lemon zest
* 1 Tbs. lemon juice
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 loaf ciabatta bread, sliced evenly into 4 sections, and then each sliced lengthwise
* 4 radishes, thinly sliced
* 4 Tbs. sweet chili sauce

Combine the chicken, soy sauce, peanuts panko, cilantro, scallions, garlic, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and juice in a bowl. Use your hands to form 4 evenly shaped rectangular patties. Place on a plate, cover and stick them in the fridge for at least an hour.

Heat an indoor or outdoor grill over medium high. Lightly coat with oil or cooking spray and grill the patties until cooked through with nice grill marks on both sides, 10 minutes total.

Brush ciabatta buns with oil and toast or grill 2 minutes.

Serve burgers garnished with cilantro, radishes and a good drizzle of the sweet chili sauce. OMG.

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25 Responses to Asian Chicken Burgers

  1. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm #
    Steam burn are the worst! I'm not even sure how I have eyebrows anymore considering I steam my face off every time I open the oven without fail. This gives me a great idea on how to get rid of the last bag of peanuts from a holiday gift basket (not a huge peanut fan by themselves).
  2. Cookin' Cowgirl March 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm #
    I really love making chicken and turkey burgers. The meat is so lean and healthy that I don't feel bad about eating the 4 bowl of cereal that I often do for dessert. you need me to get you some oven mits? :)
  3. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm #
    Sorry about the burn! But, somehow you even made me laugh as I was cringing for your poor burnt finger. Bless your heart! And, these burgers look amazingly awesomely delicious!
  4. Kathryn March 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm #
    All I want to do at the moment is eat asian flavours.
  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm #
    Now THAT'S a burger! The flavor
  6. Katie March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm #
    Ahh, poor hand! At least you had these burgers to console your face, right? They look scrumptious. Also, I say painko.
  7. Cassie March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm #
    mmmm. mmmmmm. mmmmmmmmm.
  8. Deanna B. March 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm #
    Steam burns are pretty terrible. I haven't finished my first cup of coffee yet so for the 1/2 of the page I thought it said steamed buns. Make more sense with burns. Delicious looking burger, especially the epic amounts of cilantro. Cilantro makes my heart go pitter patter.
  9. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm #
    I got a steam burn on my CHIN once while making balsamic reduction!!
  10. Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin March 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm #
    Hope your finger is fully recovered but it looks like these burgers may have been worth the pain. They look delicious!
    • Bev Weidner March 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm #
      I guess I should have included the fact that I burned my finger on the steam from making coffee this morning! DOH. That little piece of info would have made that clear. :) Thank you!
  11. Heidi March 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm #
    I love chicken burgers, especially when made with "the other chicken meat": chicken thighs. So much more flavor bangin'. Go chick!
  12. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau March 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm #
    I'd like to have that burger in my tummy for dinner, okay?
  13. Katie @ Epicurean Mom March 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm #
    I've never had chicken burgers, intriguing! These look fab!
  14. mycookinghut March 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm #
    Glad that you tried this recipe!!
  15. Erin March 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm #
    I love making chicken burgers. I have a different Asian one, but I am going to have to try this one - love the peanuts in there!! Hope your finger feels better soon
  16. Margarita March 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm #
    I love all the ingredients in this chicken burger... I would totally stuff my face in these... skip the bread, just take all the patties. Yum!
  17. Julia {The Roasted Root} March 20, 2012 at 4:56 am #
    Burgers are a regular food item in my home, so it is nice to see a healthier burger with different flavors, a great bun and some nice toppings. Only thing I'd add is a thick slice of cheddar cheese...I wouldn't be able to resist. Looks great!
  18. DessertForTwo March 20, 2012 at 5:08 am #
    Your buns ARE pimp! Dang, girl! :)
  19. Megan (Braise The Roof) March 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm #
    You want to know why steam burns are the worst? Because in order for the water molecules to turn into vapor they have to get much hotter than when they're in liquid state so the heat transfer to your finger is that much more dramatic. And that is literally the only thing I remember from high school chemistry. Ta da! At least you had a good burger to distract you from the pain!
  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 24, 2012 at 3:43 am #
    You know, I grew up as a hard core meat lover so I never thought I'd be the one to eat something like chicken burgers but man oh man I really do need to give this a try. I love the addition of the sweet chili sauce and using ciabatta bread. I usually use brioche rolls for homemade burgers but ciabatta will be a nice change from that. Great recipe as always, Bev! :)
  21. Amanda March 27, 2012 at 1:19 am #
    New to your blog and I haven't been disappointed yet! I am not sure you have realized but I think this might be the cure for cancer. nom nom nom! Soooooooooo good.I put them on cheese rolls. They were amazing and i will now have to hide the leftover one from hubby!
  22. Deborah March 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm #
    I rarely have chicken burgers - but I need to change that NOW!!


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