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Blue Ribbon Barbecue Chicken Cheeseburgers
© Con Poulos

Blue Ribbon Barbecue Chicken Cheeseburgers

  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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Inspired by a best-selling dish at Blue Ribbon restaurants in New York City, owners Eric and Bruce Bromberg recently opened Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. The menu includes a knockout chicken burger: “We’ll pit our chicken burger against your beef burger any day,” they say.

  1. 8 thick-cut strips of bacon (1/2 pound)
  2. 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Freshly ground pepper
  5. 4 slices of aged cheddar cheese
  6. Barbecue sauce, for brushing
  7. 4 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and toasted
  8. Thinly sliced red onion and tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving
  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and cut the strips in half. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet.
  2. Form the chicken into four 1/2-inch-thick patties and season generously with salt and pepper. Add the patties to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip the burgers, top with the cheese and crisp bacon and cook until the cheese is melted and the burgers are just cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  3. Spread barbecue sauce on the bottom buns and top with the cheeseburgers, sliced onion, tomato and lettuce. Close the burgers and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Even though they're made from chicken, these burgers are quite substantial, considering the cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce. Pour a juicy, medium-bodied Garnacha from Spain.