Half of this recipe is what I’d like to call a “Corey Creation.” Whenever we plow through our 5 -6 bags of famer’s market veggies, he’s all about “no veggie left behind” and using every last scrap. The carrot greens pesto was an effort to use the tops of the carrots in a different way. The pairing with the chicken burger, tomato and feta… that was all my genius. We make a good team – especially in the kitchen.
Chicken Burgers with Carrot Greens Pesto
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15- 20 minutes (at 400 degree grill temp)
1 lb of ground, grass-fed organic chicken
1 Tbsp of garlic powder
1 Tbsp of dried basil
1 Tbsp of dried oregano
salt and pepper
Yield: 16 oz
Prep time: 5 min
1 large bunch of carrot top greens
4 cloves of garlic (you can also use garlic scapes from the farmer’s market)
¼- ½ cup of organic olive oil
½ cup of grated parmesan reggiano cheese
Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, combine ground chicken, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands.* Pat out 4-6 burgers depending on their size. Make sure you pat them as thin as possible. They will become thicker as they cook on the grill.
Place burgers on the grill to cook on each side for about 7-8 minutes or until centers are cooked through.
While the burgers are cooking, remove the tops of the carrot greens and wash them well. Mince the 3 garlic cloves and add all the pesto ingredients into a blender or food processor. We used a hand blender since it was easy. Blend until mixture is slightly chunky.
If you want the same flavor combo that is shown in the picture – rough cut cherry tomatoes and fresh feta and mix together in a bowl. Add a bit of olive oil if you prefer.
Remove the burgers from the grill, top first with the pesto and then with the tomatoes and feta. Any guests will think you made a gourmet burger, but we can keep that our little secret ;)
The Pesto will keep in the fridge up to 10 days. You can also place it in freezer safe containers and freeze to enjoy all year round!
* Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw chicken.
** When cooking chicken, make sure there is no pink left in the meat before consuming