For a Latin twist, make this Chicken Mole Burger packed with smoky flavor and a touch of heat with a unexpected ingredient which gives the mole sauce so much flavor! This is a burger recipe your friends and family will love!
This post was created in conjunction with #BurgerMonth, a creative blogger community event created by GirlCarnivore.com. In full disclosure, I have not been compensated for this post however our awesome #BurgerMonth sponsors have donated some awesome prizes for you to win. Read on for the details!
Can you believe it’s BurgerMonth time already? It’s one of the favorite events I love to collaborate on all year and with my gal Kita at the helm, it’s always a fabulous event – not only for us burger lovers who are challenged to think out of the box and come up with creative burgers, but also for you so you can win some awesome prizes!
Some of my favorite burgers are #BurgerMonth spotlights like my absolute favorite Queso Fundido Burger with Poblano Rajas, a Cuban Style Burger that will have you wanting to visit Miami and a crave worthy Beef Short Ribs Burgers with Horseradish Cream Sauce. This year’s burger, however, came to me out of the blue. I was perusing cookbooks for ideas and nothing seemed #BurgerMonth worry. One night, around 2am (when my best ideas sometimes hit me out of the blue), I jolted up, grabbed the notebook I always keep next to my bed (a habit from my publicist wench days) and scribbled down the words “Chicken Mole Burger“.
Chicken Mole is a dish that I love. I have a slow cooker chicken mole recipe that I make from time to time but chicken mole in burger form? The thought kept me up trying to think how I would incorporate the rich deep mole flavor in a chicken burger and it dawned on me – meld the sauce and the burger together – grill to perfection and then drizzle with even more mole sauce. This mole sauce is so good and is ready in a flash – just blend it up, simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until it’s thick and then *boom* it’s ready to drizzle on grilled chicken, slather on burgers, etc. As is typical with a delicious mole, for the chocolate lover, there’s a hint of bittersweet chocolate along with some unsweetened cocoa in the mix and for the spice lover, there’s fruity ancho chiles and smoky chipotle chiles. You can add more if you like it super spicy. As I’m a spice wuss, I tend to err on the side of caution. Nestled in a rustic fluffy bun with melted Monterey Jack cheese, sharp red onion and peppery arugula, this Chicken Mole Burger will be a favorite!
I am so excited to participate in #BurgerMonth again this year. Kita from Girl Carnivore is hosting a killer giveaway where you can win some fabulous prizes from American Lamb Board, Anolon. Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, Char-Broil, Curly’s BBQ, Cuttingboard.com, Melissa’s Produce, Primal Stone, Spiceologist , Thermoworks , & Veal Made Easy. Make sure to head over to BurgerMonth.com and enter to win!
But before you enter to win, make sure to print out this Chicken Mole Burger recipe so you can grill up a storm this weekend!
On to the recipe:
Gather your ingredients
Just a few spices
Soaking the ancho chile for a bit
A key ingredient – bittersweet chocolate
Ready to blend
Now this, my friends is quite the burger!
Chicken Mole Burger
This Chicken Mole Burger is packed with flavor with a sweetly smoky and spicy quick mole sauce that tastes like you simmered it for hours. Make these burgers and watch your guests gobble them up!
- Prep Time: 45 Minutes
- Cook Time: 25 Minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Burger
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: Latin
For the Mole Sauce:
- 1 dried ancho chile, stem and seeds removed
- 1 can (15-ounces) of diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 small chipotle chile in adobo sauce
- 2 tablespoons of peanuts, toasted
- 1 tablespoon of raisins
- 1 ounce of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch process)
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
For the Chicken Mole Burgers:
- 1/3 cup of the Mole Sauce, plus more for serving
- 1 pound of ground chicken breast
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 4 Fluffy Hamburger Buns (I used a Rustic Wheat Bun), toasted
- Thinly sliced red onion
- 4 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
- Baby arugula
- Sesame seeds
To make the mole sauce:
- In a small bowl, soak the dried ancho chile in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes to re-hydrate. Set aside.
- In a container of a food processor or high speed blender, add the soaked ancho chile with hot water, fire roasted tomatoes, chopped onion, chipotle chile, peanuts, raisins, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, garlic cloves, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, smoked paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.
- Blend until the sauce is smooth.
- Pour the sauce into a saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced and thickened – about 10 minutes. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
To make the Chicken Mole Burgers:
- Add a quarter to a third of a cup of the mole sauce to the ground chicken breast and form the meat into 4 burgers. Let them firm for a bit in the refrigerator – about 15 minutes to a half hour.
- To a grill pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium high heat.
- Grill the burgers on each side until the burger reaches a temp of about 165 degrees, F.
- Add a slice of Monterey Jack cheese and cook for another minute or two more, until the cheese has melted.
- Set aside.
- To a toasted bun, spread a bit of mole sauce on the base.
- Add the burger draped with the sliced Monterey Jack cheese. Top with the sliced red onion, a bit of peppery arugula and a drizzle of mole sauce, peppered with a pinch of sesame seeds. Serve with extra mole sauce sprinkled with a bit of the sesame seeds and enjoy.
The mole sauce can be stored in the fridge for a week or two (if it lasts that long) or you can freeze it for later.
As I created this epic burger for #BURGERMONTH 2017, I would love to thank our amazing sponsors American Lamb Board, Anolon. Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, Char-Broil, Curly’s BBQ, Cuttingboard.com, Melissa’s Produce, Primal Stone, Spiceologist , Thermoworks , & Veal Made Easy for the amazing grill prize packages!
My post is part of the #BURGERMONTH happening all month long at GIRLCARNIVORE and across the internet along with 140 talented foodies! Be sure to follow the hashtag #BURGERMONTH to check everyone’s delicious burger recipes and make sure to join us for a #BurgerMonth Tweet Up on May 18, 2017 at 8pm. Just search for the hashtag #BURGERMONTH and join in the fun!
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