Backyard Chicken Burgers

Serves 4.


1 lb 99%-lean ground chicken

½ tbsp Mrs. Dash™ Southwest chipotle seasoning

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

4 hamburger buns

4 each of lettuce leaves, tomato slices and onion slices


1. In a bowl, combine chicken, seasoning and pumpkin. Form into 4 patties.

2. Grill patties, uncovered, over medium heat, approximately 14 to 18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches160º F, turning once.

3. Toast buns on grill for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Top each burger with 1 lettuce leaf, tomato slice and onion slice. Serve on toasted buns.

Daily nutritional values: 100% vitamin A, 25% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 15% iron
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 320, Carbohydrate: 37 g, Cholesterol: 70 mg, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Protein: 32 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Sodium: 390 mg, Sugar: 9 g Trans fats: 0 g

Look at this rock star burger – can you believe you can get 100% vitamin A in this little guy?!  Ok, personally I prefer beef flavor over ground chicken flavor BUT in this case we save a lot of fat by using 99% lean ground chicken.  And this burger tastes wonderful! Remember beef is fine in moderation and lean (10 gm fat or less) – plus we gain lots of good nutrients such as iron from beef!


The pumpkin make this burger nice and juicy plus it has lots of flavor – the slight sweetness from the pumpkin and the spicy from the seasoning  – a match made in heaven!


DID YOU KNOW?  93% lean ground chicken has the SAME amount of fat as 93% lean ground beef!  So don’t always think ground chicken is the healthier choice.  In 93% lean ground chicken they use all parts of the chicken, including the dark meat.  So look at the percentage of ground chicken that you are using!  99% lean ground chicken uses only the breast of the chicken. 

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