Overwhelmed seems to be my current word of choice lately. For some reason in the summer I get this feeling that I need to pack in as much fun, action, and tasks as humanly possible. Adding that to moving, remodeling a home and adding an addition has proven to be quite overwhelming.
To combat this feeling, I have been trying to be more mindful. Looking at my phone less and taking time to enjoy things that I enjoy. I know that everything will fall into place with our little house on the prairie, so I need to take a step back and stop worrying.
My worries were eased a few weeks ago because my parents came to visit and they helped us out tremendously on our house projects. When my parents came, they helped us rip out all of the old cabinets in the kitchen, sooooooo I’m happy to say I will be getting a semi-new kitchen! I’m so excited! Aren’t parents just the best! Did you all have a good Father’s Day?
So since this house has been a little overwhelming, what better to detract me than a little cooking time! When I’m cooking my mind is totally focused on the recipe, the flavors, and ensuring that the food looks yummy too.
For Fathers Day this year I wanted to make something a little different than the typical boring old hamburger. I came up with a tasty Chicken Caesar Burger to celebrate Dads! Even though I didn’t get to this post pre-Father’s Day, this recipe will be superb at your next back yard cookout or even just for a weeknight supper!
My whole idea for this stemmed from the thought that the bun should resemble those garlicky-herby crunch that you get from a superb crouton. Crouton Buns flavored with oregano, basil, thyme, and parsley made these hamburger buns delicious.
A standout Caesar dressing also was a key component to creating this juicy burger. I have to admit I have never made homemade Caesar dressing and I was honestly a little nervous to use anchovies, but those salty fish really make the dressing! I used this recipe here for the dressing. I contemplated making these burgers with hamburger and then adding in some caesar salad flavoring, but making these with ground chicken was really the right way to go. The ground chicken really took on all the tasty flavors. I made the burgers quite large and they were extra juicy.
Slivers of parmesan, crisp romaine lettuce and a grilled chicken burger makes this the meal for your summer table. So in the midst of all this HGTV madness at my house, I hope you are enjoying the summer too! And if you are feeling overwhelmed take a moment and cook something, it just might help you relax!
Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers
1 pound ground chicken
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 T. parmesan cheese
1 T. lemon juice
2 t. parsley flakes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. romaine lettuce
slivers of parmesan cheese
1 recipe for caesar salad dressing, I used this one here
Crouton Hamburger Buns
1/2 c. olive oil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried parsley
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried thyme
1 t. minced garlic
First prepare your chicken burgers. Mix chopped onion, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, parsley flakes, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and ground chicken in a bowl until well combined. Shape into 3 inch patties and season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken patties until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next prepare crouton hamburger buns. Mix olive oil, herbs, and garlic in a small dish. Use a brush to brush the open face portion of each bun. Broil for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
To assemble, smear caesar salad dressing on the top and bottom of the bun. Place chicken patty, crisp romaine lettuce and slivers of parmesan cheese on top of each other. Top with crouton hamburger bun and enjoy!