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Tarragon Chicken Burgers with Snow Pea Dressing

I make a version of the chicken and snow pea mix as a chicken salad, a family favorite. One of my sisters asked if I could convert it into a burger recipe. Once I did, the burger version supplanted the chicken salad version as my family's favorite--the warmth of the cooked burger against the cool of the snow pea dressing makes a good combination even better.

Ingredients 

Snow Pea Dressing:
1 cup regular or light sour cream
2/3 cup good quality mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
3/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3/4 lb snow peas, diced
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Patties:
1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 pounds fresh ground chicken (preferably half thigh meat and half breast meat, mixed)

Vegetable oil for the grill

6 Thomas’ Bagel Thins, plain
2 tablespoons butter, softened

Instructions 

• To make the dressing combine sour cream, mayonnaise, tarragon, cayenne, and salt and pepper, mix thoroughly. Fold in snow peas and pecans, combine gently but thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

• Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

• To make the patties, in a large bowl combine all patty ingredients. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Cover and refrigerate one-half hour or until ready to grill.

• Divide chicken mixture into 6 equal portions, form each portion into a patty to fit the Bagel Thins. Put a small thumb divot in each patty to prevent bulging.

• Brush grill rack with oil. Place patties on rack, cover and grill until cooked through but not dry, turning only once, about 3 minutes per side.

• Lightly toast Bagel Thins, cut side down, on top rack of grill. They should be fairly crunchy. Remove and spread with softened butter while still warm.

• To assemble the burgers, for each serving, plate the bottom of the toasted Bagel Thin, place a cooked patty on each. Spoon an equal (1/6 of total) portion of dressing onto each patty. Top each burger with Bagel Thin top, and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Comments 

I originally served these as sliders on fried wontons, but was concerned that the wontons might not meet the definition of "buns or other bread products" in the rules. The toasted Bagel Thins turned out to be a great alternative--they add the desired crunch, but are less fragile than the wontons, and thus easier to eat.