Herbed Chicken and Apple Burgers

Preparation time 20 minutes

Chilling time 1 hour

Grilling time 20 minutes

Serves 4

Number of servings :

Prep time: 20 Minutes + 1 hour chilling

Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Type of meal : | Main Courses | Main Courses

Special diet :


1 lb (500 g) ground chicken
 1 large red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup (50 mL) plain dry bread crumbs
2 large green apples, such as Granny Smith (for a tart taste) or Golden Delicious (for a sweet taste), peeled and coarsely grated
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh sage leaves
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme leaves
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper

To serve


¼ cup (50 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
6 tbsp (90 mL) watercress sprigs, large stalks discarded




  1. In a large bowl, place the chicken, onion, bread crumbs, apples, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until the ingredients are distributed evenly throughout. Wet your hands, then divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each into a burger about 4 in. (10 cm) in diameter and 1½ in. (4 cm) thick. Chill the burgers for 1 hour to firm up the meat and make it easier to hold together while it cooks.
  2. Preheat the grill or broiler to high. Place burgers on a rack about 6 in. (15 cm) from the source of heat. Grill or broil the burgers, turning them once, until they are golden brown on both sides and until they are still juicy but cooked through completely.
  3. While the burgers cook, mix the mustard and honey in a small cup. On a flat surface, open the 4 buns with the soft cut sides up. Spread the honey mustard on cut sides of both the tops and bottoms of the buns. Pile one fourth of the watercress on the bottom of each bun.
  4. When the burgers are ready, transfer a burger to the bottom of each bun, placing it on top of the watercress. Cover with the top of the bun and serve immediately.

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