Chicken-Basil Burgers

Give these a try. Just make sure to use ground chicken not ground chicken breast. Using breast meat only can cause your burgers to be a bit dry under the high heat of a grill. The carrot is added for a touch of sweetness, color and fiber. And the basil… well… because basil! And cut the carbs by using a low carb bun, or eat bunless with a fork and knife for even less carbs. Either way you’ll find these are full of flavor.

1 lb Ground Chicken
10 Large Basil Leaves, minced
1 7-inch Carrot, peeled and grated
4 Tbsp Plain Breadcrumbs, divided
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1 Tomato, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
4 Healthy Life Low Carb Hamburger Buns
Additional Basil Leaves for Topping

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Place 2 Tbsp of the breadcrumbs on a sheet of wax paper or in the middle of a plate. Set aside.

Place the chicken, basil, carrot, remaining 1 Tbsp breadcrumbs and salt in a large bowl. Mix by hand or mixer until well combined. Separate the meat into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Roll each ball very lightly in the breadcrumbs. Flatten each ball into a 3/4-inch thick burger.

Note: Why the breadcrumbs? Isn’t that adding carbs? Yes but the very thin breadcrumb coating keeps the burgers from sticking to the grill. And, don’t worry, you won’t actually use all 2 Tbsp of the breadcrumbs to coat the chicken. If you coat the balls evenly you’ll have about 1 Tbsp of breadcrumbs left which you’ll discard. So you’ll actually be using about 1/2 Tbsp of breadcrumbs in each burger.

Wipe your preheated grill grates with a vegetable oil soaked paper towel.

Grill the burgers on each side for about 4-5 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill. You’ll know when they are ready to flip as they will no longer stick to the grill.

Garnish with sliced tomato, lettuce, or whatever sounds good to you. Serve with or without a bun. It’s all customizable to your taste.

Serves 4 – Each burger is approximately 6.8g net carbs per serving

A Life Well Eaten follows diabetic educator guidelines for determining net carbs. Suggested formula is total carbs minus half the fiber and half the sugar alcohols, i.e. 16g carbs and 4g fiber and 2g sugar alcohols would be 13g net carbs (16 – 2 – 1). The food industry determines net carbs as total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols, which would come in at 10g net carbs (16 – 4 – 2). A Life Well Eaten provides net carb count only as a guideline, it is not intended as medical advice. The formula you use it up to you and the recommendations from your doctor/dietitian.