Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chicken and Oat Burgers


 I will be the first to admit that I am not a good juggler. Oh, I manage OK when I have a routine and nothing major happens to get it out of kilter. But when I add something new to to my ever-growing list of things to do, I always end up dropping my blog something. So what's new? Hubby and I joined the local YMCA and have been making use of its many opportunities this week. We've both been working out and coming home feeling great, but exhausted. Eventually I'll figure out how to keep everything up in the air.

 I found the recipe for these burgers posted on the bulletin board as I was leaving one evening, and picked up the ingredients on my way home. Quick and easy to put together, we both enjoyed them- and not just because we were both ravenous from working so hard! Instead of being dry like many chicken burgers I've tried, they were juicy and full of flavor. Low fat, heart healthy and delicious, I know I'll make them again. I think the next time I make them though, I'll make half of the recipe into meatballs. They'll be awesome with spaghetti!


Chicken (or Turkey) Oat Burgers
adapted from a Cooking Light recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken (or turkey) breast
1 cup regular (not quick) oats
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 (14.5 oz) can no salt added tomatoes, drained and chopped
2 egg whites from large eggs, lightly beaten
*Wheat germ (optional) * I added about 1/2 cup because my chicken mixture wasn't firm enough to make patties. (I think it's because I didn't drain my tomatoes enough.)
Directions:
Combine first seven ingredients. If mixture is not firm enough to form into burgers, add wheat germ. Heat grill pan or electric grill (I used a George Foreman) on medium high heat. Coat surface with cooking spray. Divide mixture into 9 or 10 patties. (If the mixture is too wet to make into firm patties, use an ice cream scoop to scoop a patty sized amount onto the grill pan.) Cook patties 6 minutes on each side, or until done. (I cooked mine about 6 minutes in the George Foreman Grill. The time will really depend on the size of your burgers and the heat setting.)
Serve on a whole wheat bun with your choice of toppings. They were really good with spinach, tomato, avocado, provolone cheese and a thin slice of red onion!

71 comments:

  1. With white meat and oats, this is definitely a very much healthier treat.

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  2. Yum...your burger looks and sound healthy and delicious. I always love lots of veggies on my burger too.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  3. Good for you for working out! The burgers sound great:@)

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  4. Your burger looks yummy, sounds really healthy and easy too. Homemade burgers are always fun and enjoyable to eat! I love lot of onions on my burger!

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  5. Yay for joining a gym! That's awesome.

    I love these burgers. Just the perfect amount of healthy and delicious!

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  6. Great sounding and looking burgers. I love adding oatmeal to some of my meatloaf recipes as well and love the texture it adds. Great recipe and kudos for joining a gym! :o)

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  7. That really sounds and looks like a healthy burger. Always interested in a recipe with oats; very good for my cholesterol.
    Rita

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  8. Wow! This is one healthy burger, I just love this recipe.

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  9. It's great that you are both working out and taking advantage of the YMCA activities. The burgers sound healthy and delicious. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your wonderful comments! Isn't Kary the best!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Mary

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  11. It's great that you are working out regularly and have your husband for company/accountability too. Your burger looks very fitting for a healthy lifestyle!

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  12. I like this twist on a regular burger or chicken sandwich. Tasty!

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  13. Bookmarking this for sure! I love turkey burgers, but adding oats to them sounds like an affordable and delicious trick :) Thank you!

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  14. I've never tried a burger patty with oats in it but it does sound good-especially as it's moist! :)

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  15. Glad to hear someone else who feels exhausted after working out. I thought it was supposed to give new energy but I sometimes fall asleep in the car on the way home--and it's only a 5-10 minute trip. I'm not driving, thankfully.

    This recipe sounds perfect for a quick supper after work.

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  16. Low fat and yummy! Sounds like a meal my family would love!

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  17. Great way to get in some extra oats! I can't resist a good burger...I'll have to try this!

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  18. hello my friend...these look wonderful...i LOVE the meatball idea...i will have to try it....

    i was so HAPPY to see you at Farmhouse...thanks for stopping by...

    Sending Happy Valentines Wishes....

    Kary
    xxx

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  19. Given your recommendation, I'm saving a copy of this recipe to try! They look wonderful.

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  20. Much better to be out exercising with your hubby than sitting home blogging..lol This sounds really delicious. I am needing to eat better and this sounds perfect:)

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  21. Good for you that you're trying to lighten up recipes. This burger looks fantastic and the oats don't scare me one bit, I say bring on the oats and let's enjoy a lighter healthier meal!

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  22. Yum, these do sound really good! And a healthy option, to boot =) Hey, it's never a bad thing that you're livin' your life...that's what we're supposed to be doing!! Bookmarked!

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  23. These look amazing - an healthy too. I need more healthy recipes in our world! Thanks for sharing!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  24. These really sound amazing. It really is hard to keep ground chicken moist. These sound perfect. I hope you have had a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. Betty, these burgers look so scrumptious! I absolutely love your idea of using oats as a thickener in these yummy burgers. I hope they tasted just as good as they look! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog :) Happy Valentine's Day! - Georgia

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  26. What a healthy and delicious recipe. I've been craving burgers and this seems like a great fix! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. And yay for working out at the YMCA! Ryan and I love going to the gym together. Hugs and well wishes from Austin! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  27. I've never try oatmeal burgers. Way to go for a lighter version of the traditional burger. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. These burgers look fabulous! I love cooking light recipes and these sound so good. I'm going to have to save this recipe to make it one night. Thanks for posting it.
    Katie

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  29. Nice burger recipe, love the addition of the wheat germ a nice healthy addition. I am going to have to give these a try on the bbq, and they are calling for some nice warm weather this week, perfect time to fire up the bbq and think summer.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, look forward to trying this week.

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  30. Wow, this chicken and oat burger looks delicious, and so healthy :-) Perfect meal!

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  31. I'm not too great at the juggling either. Your burgers look awesome. This is just the kind of meal we love over at my house. Yum!

    Happy Tuesday!

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  32. Keeping up with things can be tough for me too, especially when I keep adding to my list :)
    Great combination with the oats,
    looks fantastic :)

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  33. These sound so great! Good for you to start working out! It definatley does make such a difference in how you feel! : )

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  34. I use oats and ground meats in my meatloaf and always love the texture and flavor. These burgers look awesome! xo

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  35. gorgeous photo! that looks amazing and so healthy!

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  36. I've always found chicken and turkey burgers to be rather dry too. I can't wait to try this recipe!

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  37. Kudos on the workout routine! You are so right - initially it makes you so tired!!! Also luv that you scooped the recipe off a bulletin board. You can find the most interesting things on bulletin boards sometimes!!! Keep up the good work, and keep bringing the healthy recipes! This one is definitely worth a try!

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  38. Well I am not a burger lover... but like you said these are also tempting me!!
    Glad that we are both inspirations. Thanks for a great post!

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  39. Thanks for the sweet note on my blog. It was my pleasure to feature you! Hope you'll be back next wednesday to check out some more recipes. Have a great day.
    Katie

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  40. Hi there! I’m forwarding to you two awards – One Lovely Blog Award and Stylish Blogger Award. Please read my post for the details, thanks. :)

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  41. Healthy burgers! They are very hard to find nowadays. They are priceless...only available if DIY :D I like this burger. Yum!

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  42. Those look so moist. And healthy too. Awesome find on that bulletin board. Hope the days get less hectic for you.

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  43. Avocados are great on ANY burger :), beautiful picture! Have a nice weekend. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  44. You seem to be on the right track for yourself as well as serving as a great example to us all.
    Healthy eating sounds scrumptious. Excercising sounds promising too ;o)

    Have a great weekend,
    Claudia

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  45. this sounds so delicious and absolutely healthy:) yummy:)

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  46. i'll be a beef-eater until the day i die, but i do enjoy a good bird burger from time to time. i like the way oats makes this whole and hearty!

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  47. Thank you for stopping by and commenting about our big Sarabeth Bake Off. It was fun and from what I gather we will be doing it again. I have joined Weight Watchers so this is an excellent recipe for me. Looking forward to many more visits.

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  48. Super fantastic that u'll joined the gym!
    This sure sounds v moist and flavorful + healthy , fantastic combi......
    A must try!

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  49. If I had to pick one kind of food it would be sandwiches. The variations are endless and I could eat them forever. I'm working on substituting ground poultry for beef. I still have a ways to go.

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  50. Love this healthy and delicious burger made with chicken, or in my case I would use turkey.
    Good for you for joining a gym...I joined too, but I should go more often then twice a week!

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  51. thanks for stopping by farmhouse kitchen and leaving the kind words

    happy to stop by today

    kary
    xxx

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  52. Chicken and oat! My 2 favourite ingredients. Love this burger.

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  53. I'm always looking for different burger recipes and have a few chicken burgers I enjoy. You're right, they can be dry though. These are great - low fat and heart healthy. I love Cooking Light, they have wonderful recipes!

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  54. I'm going to have to try these.. I love healthier versions of burgers.. looks like something that would be great to bring into work the next day!

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  55. What a very healthy way to eat burgers! This is one great recipe!

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  56. What a fun and great way to eat burgers! It's totally healthy and guilt free!

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  57. What a great recipe for those people who are in diet! Gotta try this burger recipe!

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  58. I also add oats to regular burgers, really helps contain flavor and keep things juicy. This looks great.

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    Blessings,


    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  60. These would make fantastic meatballs. I bet this recipe, with the oatmeal in it, would freeze really well. Then you'd have some around for when you don't have time to cook. Now I need to make some room in my freezer.

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  61. I have made meatloaf with similar ingredients so I know that these burgers were delicious.

    Love your presentation.

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  62. My MIL adds oats to her hamburgers but I would've never contemplated adding 'em to a chicken burger. These look so good though, you've made an oats convert outta me :)

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  63. I am always looking for ways to incorporate turkey into our menus! This looks like the perfect way to do so! Thanks so much for sharing your blog on the My Baking Addiction Facebook page!

    -Jamie
    MBA

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  64. Oh! Yum! I'm bookmarking this! Great pictures!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  65. Great looking burger. Nice to have a tasty alternative to beef.
    Mimi

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  66. I love the idea of using oats instead of breadcrumbs. The addition of chili powder and tomatoes also sound great. This sounds liek a keeper!

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  67. Where have I been and how did I miss this post? Certainly not working out but I need to! These sound delicious and I'm certainly going to make some for us. The chili powder addition sounds like just the kick to make them sizzle.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  68. I totally understand. I've been taking longer breaks lately with the blog. This month I've been home 2 out of 6 weeks! It's insane.

    Chicken and oat burgers? How cool!

    Laura

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  69. I've heard practice makes perfect! I'm sure your juggling has already improved. Great recipe. By the way, I have a contest giveaway on my blog you might find fun. Take a look. triumphandtears.blogspot.com

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