Open-Face Chicken Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise
Olive oil (for brushing)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh basil plus 8 large leaves, divided
3 tablespoons chopped drained cornichons or dill pickle plus 1 1/2 tablespoons brine from jar
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
4 1/2–inch–thick slices country white bread
4 1/3–inch–thick slices from large red or orange heirloom tomato
- Brush grill with oil; prepare barbecue (medium heat). Mix mayonnaise, 1 cup chopped basil, cornichons, brine, and onions in small bowl. Season basil mayonnaise with salt and pepper.
- Mix chicken and 1/2 cup basil mayonnaise in large bowl. Using wet hands, shape chicken mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush bread with oil.
- Grill bread until crisp and golden, about 1 minute per side. Transfer bread to plates. Grill burgers until firm to touch and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
- Spread bread slices thickly with basil mayonnaise. Top each bread slice with tomato, 2 basil leaves, burger, and dollop of basil mayonnaise. Garnish with remaining chopped basil.
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