Indian Spiced Chicken Burger with Spicy Avocado Spread

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I had been craving for a meaty, spicy burger for a while and since I do not eat beef, my options are pretty limited..and good turkey burgers are hard to come by..or I have not yet come across one.
 
I used Shami kabab as my inspiration to these finger licking good Indian spiced Chicken Burgers with Home-made Spicy Avocado Spread.

I marinated the lean ground chicken with very minimal spices- garam masala, red chili powder, salt, chopped onions and cilantro, oil. Then formed them into patties, left them in the fridge for about an hour..I was little skeptical about the lean chicken, worried it may not hold its shape or turn out very dry..luckily it was a major success..Also, I did not use any binder such as egg, flour, potato, or bread crumbs still it was able to hold it shape and turned out very juicy.

you can make these patties ahead, freeze them and use it later

 

I broiled the patties for few minutes and allowed it to bake @ 375F for 30-35 minutes and flipped them once.. BUILDING A BETTER BURGER: 

 

choosing 100% whole wheat buns
Spread home-made spicy avocado dressing (Recipe to follow)
Top it with whatever veggies you have available

Spicy Avocado Spread
Great on bread, pita chips, sandwiches, or even with tortilla chips!!

 

This is probably one of the easiest spread to make @ home with just three ingredients..1 avocado, 2-3 tablespoon of Miracle Whip and 1-2 tablespoon Sriracha or Chili Garlic Sauce. Blend them together with fork or use a food processor until smooth! 

Burgers are often time taunted for being unhealthy, which is often true...but with some tips and tricks, one of the most infamous food can be easily turned into something healthy!

- choose right kind of meat (extra lean or lean). I choose lean meat because it stays moist - Use 100% whole wheat buns - Watch the portion size of burger - Go easy on creamy dressing,  instead try low- fat mayo or make your healthier spread  - Load the burger with veggies rather than cheese and bacon