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Southwest Chicken Smash Burger

Southwest Chicken Smash Burger

Ingredients for 6 smashed patties (3 burgers)

* Optional Substitution Note
  • Chicken Mince
    • 10oz raw chicken thighs, fat partially trimmed
    • 6oz raw lean chicken breast
    • 1 chicken-flavored bouillon cube
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chorizo seasoning (or chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • Sweet Chipotle Sauce
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons chipotle pepper sauce (from the can)
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
    • 4 hamburger buns of choice (I recommend sourdough or whole wheat) OR iceberg lettuce for a bun-less option
  • Garnish
    • lettuce
    • tomato

Note: macronutrients include the sauce, not the garnish

Breakdown for 1 of 6 chicken patties without spices: 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g carbohydrates, 15g protein, sodium 75mg


Step 1

Place ingredients for the chicken mince in a food processor and process until mixed and minced together. Depending on the size of your processor, you may need to do this in batches.

Step 2

Add minced chicken to a bowl, along with all the spices. Do NOT add salt as the bouillon cube is already pretty salty. Use an ice cream scoop to evenly divide the meat.

Step 3

Place a carbon steel or cast-iron pan/griddle on medium high heat. Once hot, spray with avocado oil.

Step 4

Add a scoop of the meat to the pan. Place a piece of parchment paper directly on top of the chicken, then smash it down using the back of a heavy skillet, cup or flat surface.

Step 5

Let it cook for about 2 – 3 minutes or until sear marks appear, then flip it over using a spatula to cook/sear for an additional 2 – 3 minutes, or until cooked through. Note: if you plan to have cheese, add it once you flip the burger. It is VERY important not to overcook these as they will be VERY dry due to the leanness of chicken.

Step 6

Build your burger!  Toast the buns in the oven, then add some chipotle sauce, the smash burger(s), lettuce, tomato, red onion.  Note: cheese is not accounted for in the macronutrient breakdown.

Step 7

For a lighter version, swap buns with iceberg or green lettuce leaves.

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!