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Smoked Cheddar Chicken Burger with Crany Corn Relish

My husband and I have been trying to eat less beef so chicken burgers and turkey burgers have been added to our menu. I add different ingredients to them to create interesting flavors and variety. The corn relish is a memory of buffet resturants in the midwest.

Ingredients 

1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
2 cup chopped red onion
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper
2 cups coarsely shredded green cabbage (shred with a sharp knife)
1/3 cup prepared cranberry sauce with whole cranberries
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 pounds ground chicken, mixed white and dark meat
1 cup grated smoked mild Cheddar Cheese-such as Tillamook
3 tablespoons Sutter Home California Chardonnay
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (white and pale green parts)
vegetable oil for using on hands and brushing grill rack
6 whole wheat Kaiser rolls, split

Instructions 

1. Preheat gas grill to medium high.

2. In a small bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, and prepared mustard, set aside.

3. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet on grill rack until hot, add olive oil. Add corn to skillet, lower lid and

cook for 4 minutes, stir occasionally. Stir in onions, salt, and red pepper flakes, cook for 2 minutes. Add

green peppers and cabbage stir, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Pour vinegar mixture in skillet stir, cover

and cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until liquid has reduced some. Stir in cranberry sauce and pickle relish.

Heat together for 1 minute and remove from grill.

4. To make patties, combine chicken, grated cheese, Chardonnay, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and

green onion in a large bowl. Handling meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Oil

hands, divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, and form each portion into patties to fit the rolls.

5. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and

cook, turning once, just until juices run clear when the patties are pierced in the center, about 4 minutes on

each side. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the

rack to toast lightly. Also, place the skillet back on grill for relish to heat.

6. To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom place equal portions of the corn relish, place a patty on

corn relish and add toasted roll tops and serve.

Comments 

I love the smoky flavor in combination with the sweet and tangy corn relish. I tried to find corn relish in stores but could not find it. So I develped this quick rendition with added cranberry. Fresh corn on the cob could be grilled and used but when I come home from work I like this simple and quick relish to go with my chicken burgers.