Looking for a lean and healthy alternative to beef burgers? Look no further than these ground chicken burgers! These burgers are packed with protein and flavor. In addition, they are much lower in fat than beef burgers. Plus, they are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. Great for summer cookouts and BBQs!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These ground chicken burgers are lean and healthy.
- Ground chicken is a good source of protein and low in fat, making it a healthier option than beef burgers.
- These burgers are easy to make.
- The ingredients are simple and the process is straightforward.
- They are versatile.
- You can customize these burgers with your favorite toppings and condiments.
- These burgers have a juicy and flavorful taste!
- This recipe can be easily made gluten-free with gluten-free breadcrumbs.
- Check out these Black Bean Burgers for another delicious burger recipe!
Ingredients & Substitutes
These are the ingredients and substitutions for healthy ground chicken burgers. Scroll down to the recipe card for the entire recipe.
Use ground chicken. Leaner ground chicken will naturally be more dry. Thus, 99% lean is more dry than 93% lean.
We like using whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of white breadcrumbs. If needed, use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Grated Parmesan cheese adds moisture and a delicious cheesy flavor.
Finely chopped onion adds flavor.
Minced garlic adds a delicious garlicky flavor.
Seasonings include parsley, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Feel free to adjust the quantities to suit your taste.
Olive oil helps brown the meat. Use avocado oil if desired.
Serve with your choice of burger buns. We love whole wheat buns.
Lastly, top these ground chicken burgers with lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and any other toppings.
Taste & Texture
These ground chicken burgers have a juicy, flavorful taste that is perfect for a summer cookout.
The burgers are moist and tender, with a slightly crispy exterior.
How to Make
First, in a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped onion, minced garlic, parsley, dried oregano, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until evenly combined.
Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty. Adjust the size and thickness of the patties according to your preference.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Then, place the chicken patties in the skillet and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until the patties are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
While the patties are cooking, toast the hamburger buns in a toaster or on a griddle for a few minutes until lightly golden.
Once the patties are cooked, remove them from the skillet. Let them rest for a couple of minutes.
Assemble the burgers by placing a chicken patty on the bottom half of each bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, or any other desired garnishes.
Finally, place the top half of the bun on the toppings. Serve these ground chicken burgers!
Expert Tips for Success
Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best ground chicken burgers.
Do not overmix the chicken patty mixture.
Form the burgers into patties that are about 1/2-inch thick. This will help them cook evenly.
Cook the burgers over medium heat. This will help to prevent them from burning.
Use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the burgers.
Chicken is considered safe to eat at 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Flavor Variations & Add-Ins
You can customize the flavor of these ground chicken burgers by adding different ingredients to the mixture. Here are a few ideas.
Add a different type of cheese. Feta and crumbled blue cheese are great options.
For a Southwestern flavor, add chopped bell pepper in addition to the chopped onion.
For a Mediterranean flavor, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese.
Add in chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, and rosemary for a fresh taste.
How to Serve & Store
These ground chicken burgers are best served hot and fresh.
Top with ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, relish, or your favorite toppings. We look for sugar-free condiments when possible.
However, you can also store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze the burgers for up to 2 months.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, you can make these burgers without breadcrumbs or oats. However, they may be more likely to fall apart.
Yes, you can cook these burgers in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the burgers for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Some good toppings for these burgers include lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. You can also get creative and add your own favorite toppings.
There are a few ways to make ground chicken more juicy. First, add a fat. In this recipe, cheese adds moisture. In addition, cook the meat to the correct temperature. Do not overcook ground chicken. Lastly, allow the meat to rest for a few minutes before eating. This allows the juices to lock in.
To get ground chicken to stick together, use a binder. This can be breadcrumbs or an egg. In addition, chill the meat after forming the burgers but before grilling. This helps it stick together.
Large Nonstick Skillet: Fry the burgers in a large skillet or on the grill.
Meat Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to accurately measure the internal temperature of the meat.
You May Also Enjoy
- Ground Chicken Meatballs
- Chicken Casserole
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Chicken and Rice
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta
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