Chicken and asparagus burgers

An all-time family favourite with a delicious twist. Whip these up for your guests!

Ingredients:

Burgers
1-1½ bunches asparagus, woody ends removed, sliced finely
750g minced chicken
Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon
1 egg
1 cup firmly packed fresh breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
Good quality egg mayonnaise mixed with chopped chives, to serve

Asparagus Salsa
½ bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, diced
½ red capsicum, diced finely
½ small red onion, diced finely
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½ -1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

1. To make burgers, thoroughly combine the asparagus, chicken, lemon juice and rind, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Using washed damp hands, shape mixture into 12 burgers.

2. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cook 6 of the burgers until golden brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes each side. Remove the burgers from the pan, drain on paper towel, cover and keep warm. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of the oil to the pan and heat through. Add remaining 6 burgers and cook as for first batch.

3. To make the Asparagus Salsa, combine all ingredients. Arrange burgers on serving plates, top with salsa and serve with chive mayonnaise.

Tips:

To make a great starter, prepare burger mixture as above. Shape mixture into smaller portions and roll each portion into a ball. Cook as above and serve on toothpicks with chive mayonnaise or sweet chilli sauce.

Recipe from Asparagus Council Australia