Ground Chicken Burgers


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These ground chicken burgers take just 7 minutes to cook and can be grilled or pan-fried! Extra juicy and perfectly healthy, there are NO eggs and NO bread crumbs needed!

ground chicken burgers

Contrary to popular opinion, chicken burgers are far superior to beef burgers.

Hear me out.

I feel like chicken burgers have an unfair stigma that they are bland, boring, and turn out rubbery. This may be true, but it also comes down to how you cook them. My ground chicken burger recipe is so much better than any beef burger out there, and everyone who has tried them agrees..

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The entire recipe takes less than 7 minutes to cook, and there is no resting time required!
  • They make a healthy and filling dinner. Lean ground chicken is virtually fat free and packs in over 30 grams of protein per serving.
  • These chicken burgers are freezer friendly, so make a double batch or triple batch and freeze the leftovers.
  • There is no need for eggs or bread crumbs, which are typically found in most burger recipes. This also makes them super low carb, so perfect for a keto dinner!

A secret trick ensures extra juicy chicken burgers every single time, even with extra lean ground chicken- Adding a drizzle of olive oil. The extra oil helps keep the insides juicy and moist, so you’ll be craving burgers every single time.

How to cook ground chicken burgers?

The Ingredients.

  • Ground chicken– Either lean ground chicken breast or standard ground chicken can be used. 
  • Garlic– Freshly minced. 
  • Olive oil– The secret ingredient to ensure these burgers turn out extra juicy every time. 
  • Sweet chili sauce– Adds a lovely, subtle sweet and spicy flavor. You can also use standard chili sauce or sriracha. 
  • Mustard– American or Dijon mustard. 
  • Worcestershire sauce– Adds an extra layer of flavor that takes these burgers to another level. 
  • Salt and pepper– To taste. 
  • Oil to fry/grill– Any cooking oil with a high smoke point, like safflower or vegetable oil. 

The Instructions.

Start by adding all your burger patty ingredients in a mixing bowl and mixing until combined. Next, lightly wet your hands and shape the mixture into four thick patties. 

Now, add oil to a non-stick pan or stovetop grill and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.

Remove the chicken burgers from the heat and assemble into burgers with your favorite burger fillings. 

how to cook ground chicken burgers

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Use your hands to mix the patties, as it ensures everything mixes well and doesn’t stick to the mixing spoon or spatula.
  • Do not over-mix the burger mixture, as overdoing it risks the burgers becoming slightly chewy and tough (even without overcooking them!).
  • Add some other spices or herbs to them, like smoked paprika, basil, or oregano.
  • Avoid pressing down on the burgers while cooking, as this will release some of their juices and dry them out. 

Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions

  • To store: Leftover burgers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
  • To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled burgers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months. 
  • Reheating: Microwave the burgers for 30-40 seconds or reheat on a grill or non-stick pan. 

What to serve with chicken burgers

chicken burgers

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you cook ground chicken burgers?

Typically, grilled or pan-cooked chicken burgers take around 7-10 minutes to cook. The best way to check if the burgers are cooked is to check the internal temperature. For chicken burgers, they should be 165F.

Are ground chicken burgers healthy?

Ground chicken burgers are lower in calories and saturated fat than beef or turkey burgers and boast over 30 grams of protein per serving.

Are chicken burgers healthier than hamburgers?

Chicken burgers and hamburgers are both healthy options, but it depends on what you add to the burgers. Bacon, cheese, and creamy sauces can take a healthy burger into something quite calorie dense and high in fat.

Can you bake ground chicken burgers?

You can bake ground chicken burgers, but will need to use a higher fat cut of ground chicken to ensure it does not dry out.

Chicken burgers recipe

Ground chicken burgers (Extra juicy)

5 from 267 votes
These ground chicken burgers take just 7 minutes to cook and can be grilled or pan-fried! Extra juicy and perfectly healthy, there are NO eggs and NO bread crumbs needed!
Servings: 4 chicken burgers
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a mixing bowl, combine all your burger patty ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Lightly wet your hands and shape the mixture into four thick patties. 
  • Add oil to a non-stick grill or pan and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side. 
  • Remove the burgers from the pan and assemble as desired.


In a mixing bowl, combine all your burger patty ingredients and mix until combined.
Lightly wet your hands and shape the mixture into four thick patties. 
Add oil to a non-stick grill and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side.
  1. Assemble the burgers by adding them in burger buns with cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, and sliced tomatoes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Arman, I was never one for grilling…believe it or not, my daughter is the grill master in the family. She takes over and grills like she means business. Good for her, but like you, I stick to my little griddle pan. I love the sound of these chicken burgers and they look so darn good! Have a wonderful day, Catherine

  2. Lol to that story – I have never even touched a grill for that reason exactly. Why do some people make it look so damn easy!? Anyways, these look amazing. I love turkey/chicken burgers and everything sweet and spicy. I will definitely make these over the stove in my kitchen to prevent turning them into chicken burger chips.

  3. Hahah love the grilling story. I usually let Kyle tend to it when we’re making BBQ because I have absolutely no patience for standing by the meat and usually end up forgetting about it and wandering off. No bueno! What is bueno (my Spanish is obviously on par today) is this recipe and these photos! YUMMMM

  4. Hahaha I suck at grilling/BBQing too. Luckily we don’t have a BBQ (or a balcony for that matter) at our apartment so I don’t have to deal with it.

  5. I fail at life when it comes to grilling things. In fact, I’m not even sure I know how to turn one on 😆 And I’d try to learn, but I’m not even that crazy about grilled food. Can you roast marshmallows over one? :mrgreen:

  6. I just love the thighs of chicks…… Mmm Mmm GOOD! What I am really waiting for is that dang OCTOPUS RECIPE!!! You’re holding out on me!

    And um, when are you doing 1 week in the world of GIGI’s DIET?! LOL

  7. You are such a fantastic storyteller…super entertaining as always! These look absolutely perfect!

  8. You know this is my jam. I can’t get enough chicken burgers lately. Nothing wrong with getting some minus the preservatives. I’d get the pre-ground chicken because I’m a wimp. You’re a badass for getting thighs.

  9. chicken burgers sound like such a great idea! I bet it tasted soooo good with that ssweet chili sauce! thanks for sharing!

  10. I’m so glad you dislike watching cricket too because I fell asleep every time I attempt to watch it. Share a couple of these burgers with your new neighbors and they’ll love you. SAFE TRAVELS, friend!

    1. LOL! I’m so glad you picked that up my faux English chicka! Seriously, yawn x 100.

      Thanks heaps buddy 🙂

  11. Yum yum yum, sweet chili sauce 😀 My grill is FINALLY getting some use after being buried in snow for far too long…will have to add these to the summer grill list!

  12. You know how much I like sweet meets heat, so this sauce looks awesome. I bet it would be fantastic smothered across some grilled veggies.

    Also fun fact: I’m pretty decent at grilling meat. It’s been a few years since I’ve done it, but back then grilling was always my job. Ha!