Smoky Chicken and Black Bean Burger

  • Yield: servings


Guava Ketchup
1/4cup ketchup
8ounces guava paste, chopped into small pieces
1/2cup water
1tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
Sweet Onions and Pimientos
1large sweet onion, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices
3whole red pimientos
1tablespoon olive oil
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Chicken Patties
2pounds of ground chicken
1cup of canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2cup cracker meal (or finely crushed, unsalted crackers)
1 1/2tablespoons smoked paprika
1large garlic clove, pressed
2tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1teaspoon cumin
1teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2teaspoons kosher salt
pinch of black pepper
4-- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill pan
6-- Kaiser rolls, split
6-- romaine lettuce leaves


To make the guava ketchup: On stovetop, place a medium size saucepan and heat to medium-high. Once pan is hot, place all guava ketchup ingredients, cover, and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2-3 minutes and then reduce heat to medium. Stir ingredients occasionally. Cook until guava ketchup is smooth with no lumps, about 10- 15 minutes. Cover and turn heat to low to keep warm.

To prepare the vegetables: In a medium bowl, toss onions and pimientos with oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.

To prepare the chicken patties: In a large bowl, combine the patty ingredients until well incorporated. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into round patties.

Place a large grill pan on stovetop, brush with oil, and set heat to medium-high. Once the grill pan is hot, place the onions and pimientos and cook until soft and grill marks are visible on each side, about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Slice the pimientos into thin strips. Place pimientos and onions on sheet of foil, and wrap.

Brush grill pan with oil. Place the patties on the grill pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. During the last minutes of cooking, arrange the buns, cut side down, around edges of the grill pan to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers: Spread 1 tablespoon of guava ketchup on bun bottom. Place lettuce on bun bottom, top with patty. Top patty with onions and 2-3 strips of pimientos. Spread 1 tablespoon of guava ketchup on bun tops and place on patties. Delicioso!

Makes 6 six burgers