Burgers:

1 pound ground chicken (preferably thigh meat)

1-1/2 cups plain bread crumbs

1/4 cup minced scallions (white and green parts only)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

4 hamburger buns

Procedure:

1. In a large bowl combine the burger ingredients. Mix gently with your hands, being careful not to overwork the meat. Moisten your hands with water and shape the meat into four patties, each about 3/4 inch thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 1 inch wide in the center of each patty so the centers are about 1/2 inch thick. This will help the patties cook evenly and prevent them from puffing on the grill. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

3. Lightly brush the patties with oil. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the patties over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until fully cooked but still juicy, 12 to 14 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the buns over direct medium heat.

4. Remove the burgers and buns from the grill and serve with grilled onions, mustard, and mayonnaise, if desired.

Makes 4 servings