Herb Chicken Burgers
Herb Chicken Burgers

Herbed chicken burgers are a healthy and delicious option for your backyard grill. Grill them up and serve them with a zesty lemon chive mayo!

If you’re looking to change up your burger offering this summer, look no further than this Herbed Chicken Burger! These patties are packed with flavor and stay super juicy thanks to a few little tricks I like to use when grilling lean meats.

How to make a juicy burger with ground beef

Ground beef is one of the leanest types of meat there is. That’s good news if you’re looking for a lighter burger, but it can result in a dry patty if you’re not careful of a few things.

Lack of fat in the chicken and overcooking are the two main reasons people end up with an ugly chicken burger, but we can solve both. With a few extra ingredients and a handy kitchen tool, it’s possible to grill and enjoy a juicy chicken burger.

  • Use breadcrumbs and an egg to retain moisture and give it that juicy burger texture.
  • Prevent overcooking by using a quick-read instant thermometer.

An instant-read thermometer ensures burgers reach a safe 165°F in the center of the burger, so you know you’ve cooked them long enough to be safe, not a minute longer.

Here are the best BBQ thermometers of 2021 if you’re looking for one on the market!

How to shape chicken patties

Forming these patties will seem impossible once you mix all the burger ingredients together. The egg adds a lot of moisture to the mixture and it seems too sticky to shape. But no fear!

Spread extra breadcrumbs on a plate and add your burgers to the breadcrumbs. Coat the patties in the breadcrumbs and then you can shape them without the meat sticking to your hands.

Shape the patties into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Don’t worry about the dimple trick popular with beef burgers. Chicken burgers don’t shrink as much because they’re so low in fat. They hold any shape you put them on the grill.

Tips for grilling chicken burgers

Grilling chicken burgers is a little different than beef burgers. Here are some tips.

  • The BIGGEST take-home thing about grilling chicken burgers is not overcooking them, as mentioned before!
  • I recommend using a fairly high heat grill for this and rubbing the grill with some oil before grilling the burgers. This will prevent them from sticking and ensure you get a nice crust and some grill marks on the burgers. Turn once halfway through cooking.
  • They should take 7-8 minutes to cook, but I could check from as little as six minutes. If yours are skinny or your grill is super hot, your burgers may be ready in six minutes. You cook faster than you think!

Chicken Burger Toppings

I like to keep the toppings classic, with red onions, tomatoes, and sliced ​​avocado. Avocado adds some much-needed fat to the burger and is topped off with a lemon mayo that adds some shine to the burger.

Aside from those toppings, you are free to let off steam! Almost any vegetable, sliced ​​like tomatoes, onions, or cucumbers, would go well with this. Of course, you could also add some cheese (a mild cheese like mozzarella would be good), but I think the mayo is enough milk for these slightly healthier burgers.

What to serve chicken burger

You could serve these burgers with fries or tater tots! I personally like a big crunchy salad with my chicken burgers. And don’t forget an ice-cold glass of lemonade.

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Herb Chicken Burger

preparation time
5 minutes

cooking time
15 minutes

total time
20 minutes

4 servings

4 burgers


For the lemon mayo

  • 1/2 Cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

  • 2 tablespoon fresh chivesfinely chopped (optional)

For the chicken burger

  • 1 lb ground chicken

  • 1 big egg

  • 1 Cup breadcrumbsdivided

  • 1 clove garlicchopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 4 Brioche Bun

  • 1 ripe avocadothinly sliced

  • 1/2 Red onioncut

  • 1 Middle tomatocut


  1. Make the Lemon Mayonnaise:

    In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and chives. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and set aside until ready to assemble your burgers.

  2. Mix the ingredients for the chicken burger:

    In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, ½ cup breadcrumbs, garlic, basil, parsley, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.

    To form patties, pour the remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs onto a plate.

  3. Shape chicken breast fillets:

    Divide the chicken mixture into four even balls. Place one chicken ball at a time on the plate with the breadcrumbs.

    Lightly press the chicken ball into the breadcrumbs on both sides so it doesn’t stick to your hands. Repeat until all balls are coated.

    Shape each ball into an approximately 1/2-inch patty and repeat with the remaining chicken balls until all burgers are formed.

  4. Preheat the grill and add oil:

    For direct heat grilling, preheat the grill by setting gas burners to medium-high or distributing charcoal to create direct heat under the cooking grates. The temperature should be 450-500˚F.

    To make sure the burgers aren’t sticking, dip a clean kitchen towel or some paper towels in oil and quickly rub down the cooking grates with tongs. Alternatively, spray the grates with spray oil, but watch out for flare-ups.

  5. Grilling chicken burgers:

    Using a thermometer, grill the chicken burgers for about 4 minutes per side or until they reach at least 165°F in the center of the burgers.

    Halfway through cooking, flip the burgers with a metal spatula to loosen any stuck chunks of burger. The burgers are done when they have excellent grill marks on both sides and are firm when pierced.

    Try not to overcook the burgers or they may dry out.

  6. Grill buns:

    Grill the plain buns for 20 seconds and remove from the grill.

  7. Assemble Burger:

    Add a few sliced ​​chunks of avocado to the bottom bun. Top it with the grilled chicken burger, followed by sliced ​​red onions, sliced ​​tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon mayo. Serve immediately.

  8. To store and reheat leftovers:

    Leftover chicken burgers will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. They reheat really well in the microwave on high for 1 minute.

nutritional information (per serving)
896 calories
56g Fat
62g carbohydrates
41g protein
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