chicken burger recipe

We are sure beef gets the spotlight when it comes to classic burgers, but when it comes to alternatives, chicken burgers are definitely the best option, closely followed by other options like salmon, turkey, and veggies. For some, they might probably be a bit boring and lean. However, today, we are sharing some tricks and tips to create the best chicken burger recipe not lacking in the flavour department. If chicken burgers haven’t been your fave in the past, trust us—our easy, flavorful recipe will make you a believer. Let’s dive in!

What’s the difference between a chicken burger and a chicken sandwich burger?

One of the greatest debates is what’s better between a chicken burger and a chicken sandwich. A chicken burger uses ground chicken, while a chicken sandwich uses a fillet. Another important difference is the cooking method. A chicken burger is typically grilled or pan-fried, while a chicken sandwich is often breaded, fried, or roasted. We’re grill experts, so we guess you can imagine which is our favourite! It’s a matter of personal taste!

Why are chicken burgers so dry?

Chicken is a naturally lean meat with a much lower fat-to-protein ratio than beef or pork. Moreover, protein tightens when it cooks, and when there’s no fat to break it up, it leaves behind a tough piece of meat. Less fat also means less moisture, so a dry patty is inevitable when you use ground chicken. A trick is to add eggs to the mixture or even some cheese like parmesan cheese or another one with potencial for melting. Nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of cleverness and ability!

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Top tips for making chicken burgers

What is a chicken burger patty made of?

They’re mostly made of ground chicken, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, onion, egg, and garlic. They’re also often seasoned with just salt and pepper. Moreover, they’re really easy to make! Just mix the ingredients above, moisten your hands and shape the mixture, grab 2 tablespoons at a time, into flat, oval-shaped patties. And they are ready for the grill!

How long do I cook chicken burgers?

The trick to cooking a good chicken burger is watching the cooking time. These burgers can go from juicy to suuuuper dry quickly once overcooked. They should take about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

How do I keep them from falling apart?

Your chicken patties should come together and hold together nicely while cooking, but we suggest being careful with them. Don’t mess with them too much while they’re on the grill; take care when flipping!

What are the ingredients for a delicious chicken burger?

You should load your burger with crunchy, bright coleslaw before topping with creamy avocado slices, spicy fresh red onion, maybe cheddar and jalapeño, and moreover, like we mentioned on our burger guide to success, bread selection is critical, so choose buttery brioche bun for the ultimate magnificent taste.

A chicken sandwich like this is often confused with a chicken burger. The main difference is that this one is made with a chicken fillet and fried, while the chicken burger is grilled with ground chicken.

Can you make chicken burgers ahead of time? 

You can make the patty mixture the day before you cook the chicken burgers. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge, then form the patties before cooking. In case of leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze them for up to three months.

Applewood smoked chicken burgers recipe

Enjoy this delicious chicken burger recipe from our friends from Napoleon Grills. The prep time is just 15 minutes, while the cooking time is 10 minutes. Four people can enjoy this mouth-watering recipe!


Zesty sour cream spread

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3/4 tsp. Smouldering Smoked Applewood Seasoning

Chicken Burgers

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. Smouldering Smoked Applewood Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp.
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Burger Buns
  • 1 Beefsteak Tomato
  • Romaine Lettuce


  1. Prepare the zesty sour cream Spread by mixing sour cream with ¾ tsp. of smouldering smoked applewood seasoning. Set aside to chill in the fridge while you prepare the burgers.
  2. Preheat the grill to around 450°F (230°C).
  3. Combine the ground chicken, the smoked applewood seasoning, breadcrumbs, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Shape the mixture into 5 equal, ¾-inch thick burgers.
  5. Grill the burgers over low heat for about 4 minutes per side or until an instant-read BBQ thermometer shows 165°F (74°C).
  6. Just before the burgers are done cooking, place the burger buns cut side down on the grill to lightly toast.
  7. Plate your chicken burgers on the toasted buns with zesty sour cream, lettuce, and sliced beefsteak tomato. Keep reading to learn more serving options!

What can I serve chicken burgers with?

Serve these burgers with some grilled potatoes or the classic french fries. We also recommend grilled veggies like grilled lettuce or a bright tomato avocado salad if you’re craving fresh vegetables.

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