Chicken Burgers

Chicken Burgers
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
229 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 229
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 20g
Calcium 141mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're looking for a lighter burger, these chicken burgers are an excellent alternative. They are made flavorful and juicy with chicken thigh meat and a variety of seasonings like fresh cilantro, garlic, and Cajun spice. As this recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, you need to grind the meat yourself in either a meat grinder or food processor. You can also use a combination of cilantro and parsley in these burgers, or use all cilantro or all parsley if you prefer one herb over the other.

Serve these moist, well-seasoned chicken burgers on a soft bun with sliced tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce, along with a spicy sriracha mayonnaise or chipotle mayonnaise.


  • For the Chicken Burgers:
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 medium cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro or parsley, or a combination
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • For Burger Assembly:
  • 6 to 8 hamburger rolls (toasted)
  • Burger toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and onion
  • Condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray with nonstick baking spray.

  3. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook, stirring, until tender. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  4. Cut the chicken into chunks, discarding excess fat. Grind with a meat grinder or mince finely in the food processor. Add the herb, lime juice, seasonings, breadcrumbs, and the onion and garlic mixture. Mix until combined.

  5. Chop the cilantro or parsley finely and mix into the chicken mixture.

  6. Shape the chicken mixture into patties about 3 to 4 ounces each and place on the baking sheet.

  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

  8. Serve these flavorful chicken burgers on split toasted hamburger rolls with your favorite burger toppings.

Cooking Chicken Burgers Safely

According to, ground chicken or turkey must be cooked to at least 165 F on a food thermometer.