Gluten-Free Moroccan-Spiced Crispy Chicken Burgers a.k.a. You Want Flavour? YOU GET FLAVOUR!

Gluten-Free Moroccan-Spiced Crispy Chicken Burgers a.k.a. You Want Flavour? YOU GET FLAVOUR!

Hey babes!

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

If you don’t know, now you know: I’m Moroccan! But hey, let’s be honest, I’m sure you’ve been able to tell based on my absolute LOVE for spices! <3

Today, I decided to make some chicken burgers & to spice ‘em up with a little taste of my roots a.k.a. I present you with my MOROCCAN-SPICED CHICKEN BURGERS (with an added dose of fibre because, YES, fibre is ALWAYS NECESSARY!).

The secret ingredient in these babies is saffron, a potent, flavourful & delicious Moroccan spice often added to marinades, sauces & tajines! It’s known for the famous saying “a little goes a long way!”. But don’t worry if you don’t have any… the rest of the spices will give you all the flavour you’re looking for, I promise!

There are two ways to use saffron. You can soak it in hot water or liquid before adding it to your dish or marinade (to help release intensified flavour & colour), or you can simply chop it up dried really finely or crush it with a mortar & pestle & throw it into your recipe! Since I was making chicken burgers, I decided not to soak it because I didn’t want to add any excess moisture to the burgers, as it might prevent them from holding together! So instead, I chopped it up really finely & threw it in with the rest of the ingredients. 

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These burgers are so good, you’ll devour them before you even have a chance to toast your bun! But, in case you can resist temptation just a bit, here are some ideas for how to devour these babies: in a traditional gluten-free burger bun, pita pocket, on sprouted toast, chopped up in a salad, as your protein source in a Buddha bowl, coconut wrap, baguette, lettuce wrap or as is dipped in your fave Dijon or yellow mustard or sugar-free ketchup!

AND guess what? I loaded them with psyllium husks (instead of breadcrumbs) for extra fibre & gut-health boosting benefits!

They’re packed with tons of spices, which provide a heck of a lot of flavour, but also tons of health benefits, as well as fresh herbs, which help detoxify, contain chlorophyll & antioxidants & provide a host of vitamins & minerals.

Let’s talk about some of the spices in here:

  • Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, stimulates digestion, anti-microbial, heals wounds & relieves pain naturally, protects skin & boosts immunity.
  • Cumin: immunity-boosting, prevents disease, helps alleviate cough & congestion, great for digestive health, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial & anti-diabetic.
  • Saffron: helps with asthma, menstrual cramps, depression, insomnia & improves lung function, lowers bad cholesterol, rejuvenates the mind, improves digestion & reduces inflammation.

Going back to what I said earlier: you get flavour but you also get health! IT’S LIKE A TWO FOR ONE!

Now, without further ado… because I know you are salivating at the photos, let alone the description of these crispy chicken burgers, let’s get to the nitty-gritty!

BTW, in case you were wondering, you could totally make these babies into meatballs, if you prefer!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 packet extra-lean ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp. organic saffron, diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. minced onion
  • 1 heaping tbsp. psyllium husks
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

TO MAKE (12 burgers):

  • Preheat the oven to 375F & line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl & mix with a wooden spoon until combined & incorporated.

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  • Shape into 12 burgers & place them on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

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  • Bake for 23-25 min., until golden brown & sizzling.
  • Once baked, broil on high for 2 min. to get the outsides extra crispy.

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  • ENJOY! :))
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container & refrigerate!

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