Here is a super power burger that is not only delicious, it hits those keto macro ratios, and also delivers a punch of bio-available nutrients to your body. How you may ask? Well the answer to that is simple…..LIVER! Liver is among the most nutrient dense super-foods on earth, but unfortunately many people don’t like it or are squeamish at the thought of consuming this powerful super-food. Here at the Carrie Brown Clubhouse, though, we got your back. We worked hard to come up with some delicious recipes that you can eat and not even realize you are chowing down on the magical-super-duper-food liver. In our line-up of burgers to turn you into a super-human we give you: Super Mother Clucker Burgers. You know you want some of those.
First you have to grind the meat and the quantities you need for this recipe are in the ingredients below. Here is what you do: You can start with ground chicken, or you can grind your own. If you are grinding your own, I recommend you use chicken thighs. You can use a meat grinder if you have one, or you can use a food processor. Cut the chicken thighs into strips or chunks that can fit into the hopper of your meat grinder. That size can vary based on the type of grinder you have. For a food processor, cut the meat into chunks that can fit easily into your food processor’s feed tube, and again, the size can vary based on the size of your food processor.
Cold is your friend, heat is not. If your meat is too warm, it will turn into mush when you are grinding it, so you want to get it nice and cold. My suggestion is to lay the meat out on a parchment lined baking tray so that each piece of meat is separated and not touching each other. Place the tray of meat into the freezer for 30 minutes to one hour depending on how thick the meat is. You want to get the meat to where it is just starting to freeze but is not completely frozen. You can then grind the meat and it will not become a mushy mess.
DO NOT FREEZE THE MEAT SOLID. It will not grind and possibly break the grinder.
Liver can easily turn into a puddly mess when ground, so here are some steps to help maintain a firmer texture when grinding. Rinse and drain the liver very well to get the blood off. To make the texture firmer, marinate the liver in yogurt for at least 8 hours. Make sure the yogurt completely covers the liver. The acid in the yogurt will help the liver gain a firmer texture. Once marinaded, rinse the yogurt off the chicken livers and discard it. Pat the chicken livers dry. Chicken livers are likely already small enough to fit into the hopper of your grinder or food processor, but cut them smaller if you need to. Place the chicken livers on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Liver is delicate, and will not take as long to freeze as muscle meat. Get the liver to the point were it is almost frozen but not frozen solid. You can then grind the liver.
Another option – instead of marinading in yogurt – and for an even firmer texture is to lightly sear the liver in a skillet on each side before chilling and grinding. You do not want to cook the liver all the way, leave the inside mostly raw. This helps get some of the moisture out of the liver and makes for a grind with firmer texture and a sturdier patty.
Now you’ve got your meat and liver ground and ready you can continue with the rest of the ingredients and instructions for your Super Mother Clucker Burgers below.
If you’ve been nervous to try liver these Super Mother Clucker Burgers are a fabulous way to put on your training wheels! Give it a shot! We promise you will not taste the liver. At all. And anyone you feed them to will be none the wiser. You’re welcome!
Super Mother Clucker Burgers
Author: Yogi Parker| Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 40 mins + freezing | Serves: 3 – 6
What You Need
- 1 lb. / 450g ground chicken
- 8 oz. / 225g chicken livers
- 2 eggs
- 2 TBSP fennel seed
- 1 TBSP ground sage
- 1 oz. / 25g fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 oz. / 25g collagen
- 1 tsp. konjac flour / glucomannan powder
- sea salt and ground black pepper
- OPTIONAL: Fox Hill Kitchen Bunz (Use code: carrie for a 15% discount!)
What You Do
- Place the ground chicken and liver in a large mixing bowl (see detailed instructions above). Add in eggs, fennel seed, sage, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, and collagen. Use your hands to start mixing and incorporating all the ingredients together. As you mix the ingredients, slowly add the konjac flour (sprinkle some over the top, mix, sprinkle, mix, and repeat until the konjac flour is used up). This will prevent the konjac flour from forming clumps.
- After you are done mixing you may find that your burger mixture has become a bit loose and soupy. Again, cold is your friend. Cover the bowl with a lid or some plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or the refrigerator for a couple hours. The konjac flour will absorb excess moisture and the cold will firm the mixture up so you can make your patties.
- Portion out about 1/4 lb / 110g of meat for each patty. Roll the ground meat in your hands and form into meatballs then press each meatball into a flat patty. It will help with cooking if these patties are pressed thin, about 1/2 inch thickness
- Cold is your friend. The burgers hold together *much* better if they are completely frozen before they are cooked. Cut some parchment paper into squares slightly larger than the patties. Place the patties between the parchment papers so that the patties do not stick to each other. Place the patties in a seal-able container and freeze until solid. The liver is a very soft, delicate meat that makes the patties very fragile and they tend to fall apart very easily when cooked if not frozen first, so do not skip this step. This also means you can keep a supply of burgers in the freezer for whenever you want to have some and you do not have to cook right away. They can last several months in the freezer in a covered container.
- These burgers can be fragile, so I would not cook them on a grill. I suggest using a skillet. Add some oil – avocado oil, tallow, lard or coconut – to a skillet to prevent patties from sticking. You want to cook the patties on medium low or low heat. When your skillet is hot, place the patties on the skillet and cook for five minutes. Carefully flip the patties and cook for another five minutes, then repeat the process, cooking each side for another five minutes each side for a total of twenty minutes cook time. The Parmesan can burn and develop a hard crunchy burnt crust so make sure you don’t skip the flipping. Remove the patties from the heat and place them on a plate to rest for about five minutes before eating to ensure you have a nice juicy burger patty.
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- Have it any way you would have a burger patty; by itself, on a keto bun like a Foxhill Bakery bun or bagel with all the fixings, between two large sautéed portobello mushrooms, on your favorite salad or as a lettuce wrapped burger. These a r e also very much like sausage in flavor, so having them with your favorite breakfast foods like eggs and bacon is another fantastic option. You may want to have them between Carrie’s cheesy biscuits for a chicken and biscuit sandwich. the taste of liver, increase the ratio of bacon to liver by reducing the liver and doubling the bacon.
- Serve on some keto bread like Fox Hill Kitchen Bunz (Use code: carrie for a 15% discount!).
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