Grilling season is here!!! Not only is it finally warm and balmy in Chicago, but we actually have a lovely outdoor space this year- a new deck and landscaped yard, making all my summer dining dreams come true. I’ve been missing New York a lot lately, mostly my friends and the part of my identity being a New Yorker gave me. I have to say those feelings fade away when I take a good look at our space and how grateful I am for my kids and I to get to live in it. The luxury of walking out the kitchen door onto a deck with a grill isn’t lost on me.
For our first foray into summer grilled eats, I whipped up these juicy, flavorful chicken burgers. Trust me when I say these are nothing short of amazing. No dry, dense burgers here, they are truly melt in your mouth good, both crispy and tender at the same time.
The burger itself is seasoned simply, leaving it open to any toppings and sauces you choose. For these I braised some onions in beer and brown sugar, cooking them slowly, letting them soak up that delicious ale flavor and becoming caramelized in the process. The onions, in addition to bbq sauce and sharp cheddar cheese were the perfect flavor combo. A toasted pretzel bun was just the thing to send this burger over the top. I’ve already made these 3 times in the last two weeks and I can see them being made even more all summer!
If you are excited about burger season and want more inspiration- you are in luck because May is BURGER MONTH! Kita from Girl Carnivore organized a month of bloggers creating and sharing burgers galore. Check out the other fabulous burgers here and enter the ultimate burger-making giveaway!
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