Bun Week 
As I mentioned last week, I hate having leftover hamburger buns.  Unfortunately, having leftovers is inevitable when you have to buy a pack of six to eight buns.  So this week I'm going to show you five recipe ideas -- some traditional and some unique -- using hamburger buns, so you can get the most out of your leftovers. 

I'm going to kick things off with a delicious Chicken Fajita Burger.  While we all love chicken fajitas in a taco shell, don't underestimate the power they can bring to the dinner table as a burger.

Chicken Fajita Burger
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
What you'll need
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
2 tablespoons taco seasoning 
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tomato, diced or sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 tablespoons salsa 
2 slices monterey Jack cheese 
2 hamburger buns 
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Season chicken with taco seasoning and pepper.
2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. 
3. Once chicken is evenly coated in seasoning, cook chicken for about 5 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through.
4. Remove chicken from the skillet.  Set aside.  Add onion and green pepper. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Add chicken back to the skillet and let it heat for 2 to 3 minutes. 
5. Add 1 slice of cheese to each hamburger bun and broil them in the oven until cheese is melted and buns are browned on the edges, about 1 to 2 minutes.  

6. Assemble the sandwich by placing the chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion and green pepper on one side of the bun.  Apply a  layer of salsa to the top side of the bun.  
6. Place the top of the bun over the meat and vegetables.  Serve and enjoy!
Additional topping ideas
You might also want to consider adding the following ingredients to your burger:
  • Avocado 
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream 
  • Ranch Dressing 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Jalapeños
  • Black or Pinto Beans 

11/14/2011 15:08

Sounds good. Love burgers.

11/14/2011 15:56

Thanks Christine! They are easy, flavorful and delicious. My favorite kind of burger!

04/22/2014 17:15

This was the best thing I have ever made!


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