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These ground chicken burgers are juicy, moist, and flavorful! No more dry chicken, and you can have these burgers on the table in half an hour.

You may also like these Easy Ground Turkey Burgers or Chicken Patties next.

grilled ground chicken burger loaded with toppings

Why you’ll love it

Ground chicken doesn’t always conjure up mouthwatering images, but this chicken burger is moist! I don’t like that word, but when you think of chicken burgers, “moist” doesn’t always come to mind. Cardboard does. As long as you don’t overcook this burger, it’ll be fantastic.

These homemade chicken burgers are really easy to make, juicy, and absolutely delicious. I whipped up a simple but flavorful mayo-based burger sauce to complement these burgers that has a hint of smoky flavor. They’ll be a favorite all summer long!

What you’ll need

  • Ground chicken – the star of these burgers. Make sure to adequately season with salt & pepper.
  • Mayo – for moisture to ensure they don’t dry out
  • Lemon juice – a touch of acidity and brightness
  • Italian breadcrumbs – to bind everything together and add herb flavor
  • Oregano and chives – to boost the flavor and impart a freshness
  • Garlic – more savory goodness. Easily mince it with a garlic press.
  • Sauce – the optional sauce has mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and smoked paprika

Helpful tips

  • Don’t overhandle the meat. You don’t want the ground chicken patties resembling hockey pucks.
  • Make a little depression with your thumb in the center of each burger so that they cook evenly.
  • Make sure you oil the grill before it’s up to temperature so they don’t stick. Slide the burgers onto the grill using a metal spatula.

How to make ground chicken burgers

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

a bowl of burger sauce next to a prep bowl with ground chicken burger ingredients

In a medium bowl, combine the burger sauce ingredients. Oil and preheat the grill. Add the burger patty ingredients to a prep bowl, and mix using your hands. Don’t overwork the mixture.

ground chicken burgers mixture in a prep bowl and four patties on wax paper

Form each patty, and place them on wax paper. Press your thumb into the middle of each to make a depression. Grill until cooked to 165F. Toast the buns if desired. Assemble the burgers, and enjoy!

How long do you grill chicken burgers?

  • It depends on the grill and the thickness of the burger patties, but with our gas BBQ we grilled them for 5 minutes on one side and 4 minutes on the other side (lid down).
  • When an instant read meat thermometer registers 165F in the middle, they’re safe to eat. The meat thermometer helps ensure that you don’t overcook them! Dry burgers are no fun.

Substitutions and variations

  • Don’t have a BBQ? You could also use a grill pan or frying pan to make these.
  • Feel free to change up the fresh herbs depending on what’s in your garden.
  • If you want a little heat in the burger sauce, add a little bit of sriracha for a kick.
homemade ground chicken burger toppings on a plate (bun, lettuce, tomato, red onions)

What to serve with chicken burgers

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover cooked patties in the fridge for 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • These ground chicken burgers can be frozen for up to 3 months.
grilled ground chicken burger patties (cooked) on a plate

If you made this ground chicken burger recipe, please leave a star rating and review below! You can also tag me on Instagram with any of your S&L creations.

grilled ground chicken burger loaded with toppings
4.93 from 65 votes

The Best Ground Chicken Burgers

These ground chicken burgers are juicy, moist, and flavorful! No more dry chicken, and you can have these burgers on the table in half an hour.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


Burger sauce:

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Hamburger buns, butter leaf lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion, etc. optional, to taste


  • Stir the burger sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust as needed.
  • Oil and preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • In a medium-to-large bowl, add the burger ingredients. Using your hands, gently mix everything together, taking care to not over handle the mixture.
  • Form burger patties one by one and place them on a sheet of wax paper. You should be able to make six average-size burger patties or four larger ones. Using your thumb, create a depression in the center of each patty so they cook evenly.
  • Cook the burger patties until their internal temperature is at least 165F. Cooking time really depends on your grill and the thickness of the patties. Mine generally take 5 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the second side (gas BBQ).
  • Once the burgers are cooked, you can toast the buns on the grill for about 30 seconds if desired.
  • Assemble burgers by spreading the sauce onto each bun and adding the burger patties and toppings.


  • See more tips & tricks within the blog post.
  • Chicken is safe to eat when it’s reached an internal temperature of 165F. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness. Overcooked chicken burgers will be dry.


Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 209mg, Potassium: 439mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 69IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Deborah Gundry says:

    5 stars
    This is the first chicken burger that I have loved! So moist and flavorful! Thanks, Natasha!

    1. Natasha says:

      That makes me so happy!! 😀 You’re very welcome! I appreciate your review, Deborah!

  2. Colette says:

    5 stars
    Love, love, love. Moist and Delicious

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Colette!

  3. Lorena Wilson says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, Natasha, both the burger and the sauce. This is not actually a surprise, as your recipes are always so yummy. I made this recipe for brunch from your lovely, impressive new cookbook which has beautiful photographs to go along with each recipe. I’m so grateful that you took the time to put this cookbook together for us. I think it would be an asset in anyone’s home. Thank you so much! I made extra patties and put them in the freezer for later which is a win!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww thank you, Lorena!!! You’re too kind. So happy you enjoyed these burgers!

  4. Terry Ann says:

    Could I make these in an Air Fryer? If so, do you have suggestions on temp and length of time?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Terry! I haven’t ever cooked these in an air fryer so I am not sure. You’d have to do a bit of research on what similar recipes use for timing, but I am sure it’s doable. Let me know if you end up trying! 🙂

  5. Zorena Afroze says:

    Very east to make my family enjoy the burgar

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Zorena!

  6. Sherry says:

    5 stars
    These were easy to make and delicious. I liked the idea of the thumbprint in the middle to aid even cooking, I learned something new! Thank you!

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      You’re very welcome, Sherry! So happy you enjoyed the burgers. 🙂

  7. Sherry K says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious flavor. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Sherry!

  8. Andrea W Cabe says:

    5 stars
    easy to make and delicious. Will make this burgers in the future.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much!!