Herbed chicken and apple burgers

    1 hour 40 min

    Adding diced apple – tart or sweet fruit, to your taste – to chicken burgers not only gives a fruity flavour that complements the meat and herbs, but also lightens up the meaty burgers and provides fibre. Served in baps, with honey mustard and crisp fresh watercress, these are a great alternative to beef burgers.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 340 g (12 oz) minced chicken
    • 1 red onion, finely chopped
    • 4 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
    • 2 green-skinned apples, such as Granny Smith (for a tart taste) or Golden Delicious (for a sweet taste), coarsely grated
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
    • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
    • sunflower oil, for brushing
    • salt and pepper
    • To serve
    • 1 tbsp clear honey
    • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 4 floury baps or burger rolls, split open
    • 55g (2 oz) watercress sprigs, large stalks discarded

    Prep:1hr20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Put the minced chicken, onion, breadcrumbs, apples, herbs and some seasoning in a bowl. Mix together with your hands. Wet your hands, then divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape each into a burger. Chill for 1 hour to firm up.
    2. Brush the chicken burgers with a little oil and cook over a moderate heat in a non-stick frying pan until browned on both sides, then reduce the heat a little and continue cooking until the burgers are completely cooked through – this should take about 20 minutes altogether. Turn from time to time to ensure cooking is even.
    3. Meanwhile, mix together the honey and mustard. Spread over the top cut surface of each bap or bun. Divide the watercress among the baps, piling it on the bottom cut side.
    4. When the chicken burgers have finished cooking, transfer them to the baps, placing them on the watercress. Put on the tops and serve.

    Some more ideas

    Minced turkey will make burgers that are even lower in fat than those made with chicken. * Use baby spinach leaves instead of watercress. * For a creamy, more savoury alternative to honey mustard, mix 2 tbsp Dijon mustard with reduced-fat mayonnaise. * Use wholemeal breadcrumbs and wholemeal baps to increase the fibre content.

    Plus points

    Apples provide good amounts of vitamin C as well as soluble fibre in the form of pectin. If you eat apples with their skin on you get even more fibre – a third more, to be exact. * Minced chicken has much less fat than lean minced beef. * Small amounts of honey are perfectly acceptable for those with diabetes. The Glycaemic Index of honey is about half that of glucose.

    Each serving provides

    Good source of copper, iron, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin E. Useful source of calcium, folate, niacin, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, zinc.

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