#HotSummerEats: Herby Chicken Burgers

HotSummerEats#HotSummerEats hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla continues through the weekend! While it’s technically still spring, the weather is warm (or well, it’s supposed to be – Ohio needs to get its act together!) and the pull to get grilling is strong. I couldn’t go through this entire event without heading outside and throwing some burgers on the grill.

I decided to use the blank canvas of chicken to form my patties so I could fill them with lots of flavor thanks to #HotSummerEats sponsor Gourmet Garden. 07f54-gourmet2bgardensI love using their stir-in-pastes and am also falling in love with their lightly dried herb selection. Gourmet Garden herbs are a perfect way to add fresh herbs to dishes – I don’t have an herb garden as I have a thumb as black as it gets and I don’t like spending the money on fresh herbs unless I know I’ll go through the whole bunch because otherwise it ends up being a waste and weeks later I find green mush hiding in my fridge.

Next time you have people over for burgers and dogs offer up this moist and flavorful chicken burger.

An Original Recipe

Herby Chicken Burgers

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. In a bowl mix chicken, panko, milk, Italian herbs paste, parsley paste, garlic paste, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. When burger mixture is combined divide into four equal sized patties.
  2. Grill over medium heat 7 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

Herby Chicken Burgers for #HotSummerEats from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more summertime recipes today:

Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds, Pirate Jonny’s, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Chef for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats without additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

#10DaysofTailgate: Thai Chicken Skewers

Tailgate LogoWe are now more than halfway through #10DaysofTailgate hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. While there are a few healthy tailgating dishes that have been shared by my fellow blogger pals, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of our posts lean a little more towards the sinful side of the diet spectrum. So today I’m going to share a healthy grilling recipe with you! (Actually, come to think of it, my post tomorrow is healthy too! So be sure to come back and check it out. I promise, I don’t plan these things.)

Today’s recipes features two of our wonderful sponsors – Gourmet Garden and FireWire Grilling.

If you’ve never used Gourmet Garden herbs before I highly encourage you give them a try. I’ve purchased their herbs before, and usually buy them instead of bunches of fresh herbs. Gourmet GardenI cannot grow anything to save my life and I can’t keep fresh herbs alive for more than a day after bringing them home from the store. So unless I need fresh herbs for garnish, I’ll buy Gourmet Garden’s herb pastes. They last in the fridge for up to 3 months and give you that fresh flavor you’re looking for.

FireWire Grilling provided their Flexible Grilling Skewers for us to try. I don’t often go crazy for grilling gadgets, but these are worth getting excited about! I’ll admit, I was hesitant. Why would you want a flexible skewer? I asked. FireWire logoWell, let me tell you (in my best infomercial voice)! Don’t you hate it when you’re putting marinated meat and veggies on a skewer and your hands are all sticky and messy? Instead, put your meat and veggies on the skewer, and put it in the bowl or bag of marinade! (Yes, you still have to wash your hands if you’re handling raw meat, sorry.) That wouldn’t be possible with a typical straight skewer – it wouldn’t fit! What I also loved about these skewers was the skewer tip – it’s not sharp yet the meat slipped on easily. Remember that bag you’re putting the skewer in? It won’t poke a hole through it. There’s also no more fear of piercing fingers!

FireWire Flexible Skewers

An Original Recipe

Thai Chicken Skewers

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. In a bowl whisk together sugar, lime and orange juices, fish sauce, coriander, pepper, chunky garlic paste, cilantro paste, and Thai seasoning. Reserve about a 1/3 C to baste skewers with.
  2. Place chicken and onion on skewers.
  3. Marinate skewers a minimum of 30 minutes.
  4. Grill skewers 4-5 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through.

*This recipe was inspired by http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/shrimp-with-thai-lemongrass-marinade *

Thai Chicken Skewers FG1

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more tailgating recipes today:

Starters
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Dips
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Mains
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate
Sides
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps
 Sweets
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

And for yesterday’s tailgating fare check out Camilla’s page here.

Freezing Herbs

My husband and I have no shame in admitting that we both have black thumbs. So naturally, I do not grow my own herbs. Maybe 17 years from now when we own a house I’ll attempt it. Or maybe my future children (no mothers this is not a hint) will be blessed with the green thumb of my grandfather, my parents, and mother-in-law. Even if you can successfully grow your own herbs, this tutorial will help you during the winters when your plants are in hibernation yet you still want that freshness.

I try my best to plan my weekly menu to generate as little food waste as possible, but even still, the herbs go bad before I get the chance to use the entire bunch. I can’t even successfully keep them thriving in a glass of water! I’ve tried wrapping them in damp paper towels in the fridge because I read to do that somewhere on the internet (and they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true). Yea, I couldn’t do that either.

Here’s what you’ll need: An ice cube tray! (Well, you need a freezer too…)

Here’s what you’ll do: Chop up your herbs. Pack them into an ice cube tray. Boil water. Pour over herbs. Freeze. Remove into freezer bag. Each ice cube yields about 1 tbsp fresh herbs. When you want to use them, simply pull out a cube and toss into your dish!

This quick how-to method works for soft leafed herbs (i.e.: basil, cilantro, mint, parsley).

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Note: These herbs are now for cooking. I haven’t tried letting the ice cube melt to see what the delicate leaves will look like. If you try it out before I do, let me know if you can still garnish your dish with previously frozen herbs!