Don’t you love the summer grilling season? Even if I am making burgers on the stove, I appreciate the casual atmosphere! Yesterday, to make things even more fun, I experimented with some different ways to liven up a grilled chicken sandwich.
This post was inspired by Gold ‘n Plump who just sent me samples of their new chicken patties. In celebration of summer, they have added two flavored chicken burgers (Mushroom & Swiss and Bacon &Cheddar) to their original plain seasoned. Gold n Plump partners with nearly 350 family farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to source their chicken, so even though I buy a lot of food right off the farm, when I don’t, I buy from companies like this.
Now I did mention that I am “dressing up” my burgers, but first I need to tell you– these patties are delicious on their own. The bacon cheddar are worth cooking for the smell alone! But hey, I’m a food blogger–born to tweak. Of course when my oldest gets home from community band late in the evening and starts rummaging, that burger is going in the pan in its simplest form (where it cooks in 9-11 minutes from frozen–important at 10 PM)!
The whole family enjoyed the burgers and I got a lot of points for making “normal” food. But my biggest surprise was learning that I prefer working with the patties than a chicken breast–easier (no thawing, trimming), faster and dare I say tastier? At 1/3 lb apiece the patties are large enough to fill a serious bun, but don’t break the bank on calories (230 – 280 depending on flavor).
Right now everyone’s schedule is completely insane at our house. Between summer jobs (even before school has ended), bike commutes, summer classes & clubs, it is critical to have dinner ideas that come together in a snap. Or five “snaps” depending on who gets home when!
Five Fun and Easy Chicken Burgers!
Southwest Chicken Sandwich
Top with prepared salsa and avocado slices
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Top with mozzarella cheese and prepared spaghetti, pizza or marinara sauce.
(Double) Swiss Mushroom Burger
Top with melted Swiss and sauteed mushrooms (prepare them while the burger is cooking). Especially good on the Mushroom and Swiss Patty.
Top with roasted red pepper, feta, onion, arugula.
Chicken Florentine Burger
Top with grated Parmesan and spinach that has been wilted in 1 T sherry or white wine.
Gotta love summer!
For even more ideas, see the recipe section on their website.