As you know, we here at The Hot Line test kitchen are imperfect. We have had our share of misfires (the grilled chickpea wedges were, in hindsight, a mistake) and recipes that, while tasty, proved ‘unpopular’ with our enlightened readers (I’m looking at you tongue tacos) so, when we have a sure-fire hit on our hands – we’re happy to revel in it. In the case of the Hot Wings Burger, we give you the visionary mash-up (that’s a term the kids are using these days – look it up) of chicken wings and hamburgers. That’s right: we’ve taken two of the most popular grilled foods on the planet – and put them together. How much did you pay for this newsletter? That’s right – nothing. Value. EXTREME value. Featured in our July 2014 Hot Line
- ½ pound lean ground chicken
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
-1 tablespoon hot wing sauce (we’re partial to the Bombs Away Chicken Wing Sauce, pictured)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
To Finish: 1-cup hot wing sauce Ranch dressing Buns Lettuce, tomatoes, and any other desired toppings
STEP 1: Assemble your ingredients, and then preheat and clean your grill.
STEP 2: Chop your parsley and onion. Chop ‘em good.
STEP 3: Throw (or gently toss or place) the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, hot wing sauce, salt, and pepper into a large bowl.
STEP 4: Mix it up. With a spoon or your hands – your choice.
STEP 5: Divide the mixture into four patties (one for you and three for me).
STEP 6: Place the patties on the preheated grill. Ugh, this is getting complicated.
STEP 7: When the burger starts to get opaque, flip it over. Cook for another 4 minutes or so, or until it’s no longer pink inside.
STEP 8: Get your toppings ready. Mmm… cheese.
STEP 9: Place the burgers on a plate.
STEP 10: Pour lots of wing sauce over the burgers. OH YEAH.
STEP 11: Flip the burgers so they get all covered in sauce. Remember if some is good: more is better.
STEP 12: Look at that. Just take it in.
STEP 13: Put the burgers on the buns, cover them in toppings, and drizzle with ranch dressing. Now, eat them.This recipe is a winner folks. Simply said, the lovechild of a pound of hot wings and a burger. What else could you ask for? Not much. Maybe a Segway – because a Segway would be cool to have around - or a boat (or a barbecue on a boat), but right now these burgers will do.