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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.

grilled ground chicken burger loaded with toppings
Photos updated 8/2020

This post was originally published on May 27, 2016. I’ve updated the post with new photos and more tips. Same great recipe as before!

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 sometimes comes to mind.

As long as you don’t overcook this burger, it’ll be fantastic.

You may also like my Easy Ground Turkey Burgers, these Chicken Patties, or this Easy Salmon Burger Recipe.

easy ground chicken burgers collage (burger patty ingredients in a glass prep bowl on one side and it all mixed together in the glass bowl on the second side)

How do you make burgers with ground chicken?

Add the burger ingredients to a mixing bowl and gently use your hands to mix it all together. Form into patties and place them on wax paper. Create a depression in the center of each patty to make sure they cook evenly.

I added fresh oregano and chives to boost the flavor and impart a freshness. Breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and mayo are the secret ingredients to ensure these chicken burgers don’t dry out. There’s a clove of garlic in these burgers because this is my recipe, and apparently I can’t make stuff without garlic.

I whipped up a simple but flavorful mayo to complement these ground chicken burgers. Feel free to add it or skip it! As always, you can top these with your preferred toppings.

collage with ground chicken burger patties (raw) on wax paper and the burger sauce in a blue bowl

How long to 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.

homemade ground chicken burger toppings on a plate (bun, lettuce, tomato, red onions)

Tips and tricks to make the best grilled ground chicken burgers:

  • Don’t over handle the meat. You don’t want the ground chicken patties resembling hockey pucks.
  • Form patties and place them on wax paper.
  • Make a little depression with your thumb in the center of each burger so 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.
  • Don’t have a BBQ? You could also use a grill pan or frying pan to make these.

What to serve with homemade chicken burgers:

I top the burgers with the suggested burger sauce, sliced tomato, avocado, red onion, and butter leaf lettuce, but the possibilities are endless. These burgers can be pretty healthy depending on how you top them. They would also be delicious served with a refreshing side salad like my Creamy Cucumber Salad.

grilled ground chicken burger patties (cooked) on a plate

Do you ever make burgers with ground chicken? I hope you will give this ground chicken burger recipe a try!

grilled ground chicken burger loaded with toppings
4.92 from 59 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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chicken burger with condiments on the side
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  1. 5 stars
    These burgers are fantastic. I especially like the way the sauce pairs with the patty seasoning. Excellent!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for a bbq & all my hard core foodies were impressed & asked for the recipe! I omitted the water since mix looked quite moist. Any Salt & Lavender recipe I’ve tried has been amazing – easy and delicious!!

    1. That’s awesome!! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this and other recipes from here! Thanks for your review. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Not joking, I have made these burgers once a week for about 2 years and they come out delicious EVERY TIME! I rotate between ground chicken and ground turkey, both are great. Also easy to sub in any onion if you don’t have chives. They are moist, flavorful, and come out so good on the grill every single time I make them. Thank you for this awesome recipe!!

    1. That’s so nice to hear, Amanda!! You’re very welcome, and I appreciate you taking the time to write me a review! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This was just insanely delicious, possibly one of the better burgers I have ever had with any protein. I didn’t make the sauce, instead just made a basic russian dressing (ketchup and mayo). Cooked them on the grill which was smoking hot and well oiled and they were well-seared, moist, just so good. Added a slice of cheddar cheese to each. Will definitely make again!

  5. 5 stars
    This was so great. I didn’t know you could put things in ground chicken and turn it into a burger. I added pineapple and coconut. It didn’t look like a hockey puck but I tried.

  6. 5 stars
    LOVE THESE!! I don’t eat red meat but am often craving a good burger. These are by far the best I’ve tried. We had a really snowy winter and couldn’t get to our BBQ so I just baked in oven at 350 for 30 mins (broiled for last couple mins just to get a bit if a crisp to the top).
    Amazing on a brioche bun. I make these once a week 😋

  7. Hi I would like to make these burgers but don’t have fresh herbs can I substitute with dried? Thank you

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent! I am not a big chicken eater, but had bariatric surgery and was wanting a juicy beef hamburger but knew that was not a good idea. So, I thought what could I eat that would be a good substitute. I found your recipe and I will probably never eat another beef hamburger. It is so tasty!

  9. 3 stars
    Sadly , I cannot give a better rating than 3 stars. The flavors overall were good, but had I realized the texture of the chicken patty was going to be like meatloaf, I would not have made this. (I love meatloaf, however, this was too mushy for me). I even made extra patties to put in the freezer for another day, but I had to toss them out after eating the burger. I was excited to try this after reading many reviews, but next time, I will just grill a chicken breast instead. I think the sauce would still be tasty on the sandwich, and even the rest of the ingredients sans the bread crumbs could make a tasty marinade to spread on the chicken before grilling. (mayo will keep it moist).

    I like the idea and flavors of this recipe, but the texture of the burger wasn’t for me. I will continue to use your recipes, as so many are delicious.