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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chi-sier Burgers

The Ingredients (for 5 or 6 servings):
  • 20 g (or 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds
  • 770 g (or 1 lb 11 oz) of ground turkey (the approximate weight of the package that I buy in Costco)
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic (approximately 18 g, or ⅔ oz)
  • 56 g (or ½ cup) of onion or scallion
  • 6 g (or 1 teaspoon) of salt
  • 2 g (or 1 teaspoon) of black pepper
  • 30 ml (or 2 tablespoons) of Worcestershire sauce
  • cooking grade olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • a dash of salt
  • several sprigs of cilantro
  • the juice of half a lime
  • 5 ml (or 1 teaspoon) of hot sauce (I use Tabasco and I prefer more than 1 teaspoon)
  • hamburger buns (I use whole-grain sandwich thins)
  • slices of cheese (I prefer Manchego)

The Method:

Burger preparation

  1. Grind the chia seeds in an electric grinder or a mortar and pestle.
  2. Add the ground seeds to 120 ml (or ½ cup) of water in a bowl or measuring cup and stir thoroughly to distribute the ground seeds evenly.
  3. Allow the chia seed suspension to stand for 15 minutes or more, until it forms a gelatinous mass.
  4. In the meantime, force the garlic through a garlic press or chop it finely.
  5. Chop the onion finely enough to roughly match the texture of the ground turkey.
  6. Add the garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to the ground turkey in a large bowl and mix it well.
  7. When the chia seed suspension is thick and sticks together in a single clump, add it to the turkey mixture and mash it thoroughly so as to distribute it evenly throughout the burger meat.
  8. Place the meat mixture into the refrigerator for half an hour to further firm it up.
  9. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat and add a thin coating of olive oil. 
  10. Divide the mixture into 5 large or 6 medium patties and cook them until well done.
  11. After turning the patties over, place a slice of cheese on top of each burger to soften as the second side cooks.

Guacamole preparation
  1. While the hamburger meat is cooling in the refrigerator, cut open the avocado and scrape the flesh into a small bowl, then mash it to a slightly lumpy consistency.
  2. Finely chop the tomato and add it to the avocado.
  3. Press or finely chop the garlic and mash it with the salt until it becomes shiny or frothy. Add it to the avocado
  4. Chop the cilantro and add it to the avocado.
  5. Add the hot sauce and lime juice to the avocado and mix everything together.
  6. Keep the guacamole in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve the burgers.

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