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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers

jjcbI got my hands on some really fantastic Jerk Seasoning that I cannot wait to use this summer. As soon as I unscrewed the lid, I knew we were in for an amazing treat. The aroma was wonderful. The spiciness jumps right out at you! And It’s made by a local company in Laurel, MD called Portland’s Pride. I love supporting local businesses so I was really excited to give this stuff a whirl.

I wasn’t sure how my family was going to do with something that had such a bold flavor so I decided to ease them into it by mixing it into ground chicken to make some…

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers
2 tsp Jerk Seasoning for every pound of meat. I used four tsps for two lbs of chicken and made 12 sliders.

1. At least six hours before you plan to grill, combine the ground chicken and seasoning. Refrigerate.
2. Shape into patties and grill until the internal temperature of your burgers is 165. We left them on for about 15 minutes.

The burgers were a huge hit! Before I had even sat down to eat, my husband snagged two burgers to take for lunch this week. The Teenager could have eaten four, but I made him stop at three with the promise that no one would touch the remaining burger and he could have it for his snack after school.

Reviews were mixed on the spiciness of the burgers. Only one of us found them to be really spicy. The rest of us felt they were slightly sweet with a healthy kick. No pain. Just some really excellent flavor. But let me tell you about the one of us who found them to be hot! There were several “Woo-wees!” joined by a few “Dang! These are spicy!” (The real comments were censored.)

We will be using the spices for chicken and beef skewers, next. The Teenager even suggested a Jamaican themed chili. Clever, clever boy.

You can buy Portland’s Pride Jerk Spice, at Covenant Food and Drug on Route 1 in Laurel, MD.  If you aren’t in the area, I’m sure you can find something good to use in your burgers. Get a jar for the summer. Good stuff!