Grilled Adobo Chicken Burgers. A fusion of Mexican and Filipino style adobo chicken flavors combined then grilled up to make one FLAVORFUL chicken burger! These Chicken burgers are simple to make, healthy, gluten free, dairy free, and unreal GOOD! Perfect BBQ food if you ask me!
Guess what guys? Dream really do come true! Well, food dreams. Particularly in the form an amazing chicken burgers. So you remember that avocado toast i made last week? Remember how I mentioned that toast was inspired by our favorite burger joint in New Zealand? Well, I dreamt we were back there, dining at Burger Fuel ! Which led me to crave one of their unique burger flavors the next day. Which led me to making these grilled adobo chicken burgers last weekend. Okay so maybe the New Zealand dream part didn’t come true (yet), but at least I fulfilled the food part … just in time for Independence day. Ahhh, it’s like the burger Gods knew we needed a chicken burger recipe for this upcoming holiday.
Okay, I must focus here. Cause I gots some explain ta do. Explaining my American/Filipino/Mexican fusion chicken burger. I know, I’m crazy Cotter!
You see, Chicken Adobo is actually a Filipino style dish and it’s prepared by stewing or slow cooking chicken in vinegar and spices, sugar, and a soy sauce. This cooking method is known as “inadobo.” The immersion of raw meat or food in a seasoned stock. Seasonings such as paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar.
Now, there’s also another form of Adobo. Mexican adobo, which is bold Mexican sauce made with dried ancho chiles, fresh ginger, and cumin for marinating meats.
Do you see where I’m going with this? FUSION BABY!
A melting pot of ADOBO seasoned CHICKEN and adobo SAUCE! Except mine is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and paleo friendly, the burger and sauce that is.
Side note: Buns are… up to you. You can eat these bun-less, paleo, or gluten free. I used Udis gluten free buns but have made Lexi’s paleo sandwich bread for burgers in the past.
These Grilled Adobo Chicken Burgers are first seasoned with spices from both Mexican and Filipino Adobo, marinated over night (or for a few hours), then grilled to perfection.
But then.. yes, then! You add the extra BOLDNESS. If you so dare. The holy moly this sauce is BOLD (y) Adobo sauce that comes in canned chipotle peppers. The same peppers I used to make that spicy chipotle chili. Yes, i totally just bought the peppers for the sauce they are marinated in. Oh trust me, that little sauce is all you need. It’s got a punch of spice and then some.
That being said, you totally don’t have to add the extra adobo sauce on top. You flannel mouths (what my mom calls non spicy people) can enjoy these super flavor adobo chicken burgers with just mustard or ketchup! Capeesh?Print
Grilled Adobo Chicken Burgers. Mexican and Filipino style adobo chicken flavors all mixed together then grilled to perfection. Healthy, easy, and Gluten free Chicken Burgers!
- 1.25 -1.5lbs ground chicken (we used skinless organic ground chicken)
- 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
- 1/4 cup tamari sauce or gluten free soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried red pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp crushed or ground black peppercorn
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
- optional 1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 bay leaf (either work)
- 2 tbsp almond flour or gluten free flour of choice
- Gluten free burger buns
- extra parsley for garnish
- onion and lettuce for topping
- optional Adobo sauce from the chipotle chili can (minus the peppers). See notes for brand
- First make sure your chicken is cleaned and ground.
- Next combine all your spices, sugar, tamari, herbs, garlic, and oil in a food processor. Blend until a marinade is formed. You can add in the parsley and bay leaf here too if you want to use that.
- Mix into ground chicken and let it sit in fridge to marinate for 2 hrs or up to 24hrs.
- Remove from fridge and add in almond meal. Mix again.
- Roll ground chicken into patties about the size of your palm.
- Place on greased grill pan or grill for 6-8 minutes each. Flipping once. You can grill all together or individually. Check to make sure center is done or meat has reach 160F internally.
- Season with any extra salt/pepper that you’d like
- Remove chicken burgers. Toast your buns. option to Add a little adobo sauce from chipotle can, or tomato sauce. Then place your burger, lettuce, and onion on top.
Feel free to use just tomato sauce or ketchup instead of adobo sauce.
The adobo Sauce I used was from the these Mexican Chipotle Peppers . We did not use the peppers, just the sauce. It’s the only sauce I found that was gluten free and without preservatives. It does use canola oil though, just FYI.
We used Udis Gluten Free Buns.
I do realize that I spend a lot of time talking about New Zealand, dreaming of the food, and reminiscing of our time(s) there. But that place is what has shaped a lot of this site and my cooking. It’s what keeps me inspired, well duh. Haha. New Zealand will always be a home away from home for us. And maybe some day (our life goal) it will be our real home.
But for now, let’s focus on celebrating AMERICA this coming July 4th! Yes, even in the midst of all the chaos and turmoil, we can find the good. We can bust out potluck salads, fire up the grill, pour ourself a sparkling drink, and celebrate freedom with friends and family! Can I get an AMEN?! –> AMEN!
Well friends, I don’t have any super duper nutrition tips or trend talk today. Gosh, I don’t even think I have a specific nutrition post all week. I told you my brain slows down during the summer. But maybe I’ll dream up another before Friday.
What’s your favorite type of burger? Have you ever tried chicken adobo? I mean like the real deal.. slow cooked and all? Ohh, you gotta!
p.s I attempted making my own adobo sauce to go with these burgers. You know, cause I”m crazy like that. And guess what? Totally failed. But I haven’t given up yet.