BBQ Chicken Burgers
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BBQ Chicken Burgers

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As we embarked on the end of school this year I started switching gears and wrapping my head around all the exciting foods we would be eating this summer. Big chucks of watermelon, corn on the cob, fruit crisps, Heirloom Tomato Salad and of course, burgers! Last week I shared Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickled Cukes and this week I’m back with these BBQ Chicken Burgers for Rewind Wednesday. You’ll never miss the beef with either of these burger recipes because they’re so darn easy and satisfying. You can use light or dark ground chicken in them (the darker meat giving you more fat and flavor), if you’re looking to sink your teeth into a burger reminiscent of what you would get at a fast food joint or right off your barbecue. What gives them extra zip and zing, though, is your favorite barbecue sauce you choose to add to them. No matter if you like them a bit more sweet, vinegary or spicy there are an enormous amount of sauces at the grocery store to satisfy your craving or you could even make your own. My only advice is to avoid the ones where it lists corn syrup as one of the first two or three ingredients as they will be a bit too syrupy, sticky sweet.

When you’re planning a big get together and want a simple recipe to satisfy your crowd’s cravings give these Barbecue Chicken Burgers a whirl. You’ll be glad you did!

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To me, summertime means burger time! I like to switch it up and get away from the usual beef burgers and instead try something different like these BBQ Chicken Burgers. If you have visions of a meal time mess, fear not. Since you add your favorite BBQ sauce into the mixture in this recipe, the burgers take on all the tangy, sweet and spicy flavor without it dripping all over you and your kids' fingers and clothes while you eat.

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The next time you're having a party or family gathering whip up a batch of these burgers and look around at all the happy (and clean) faces!

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BBQ Chicken Burgers  (makes 8 mini burgers or 4 regular size burgers)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 6 mins,
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To me, summertime means burger time! I like to switch it up and get away from the usual beef burgers and instead try something different like these BBQ Chicken Burgers. If you have visions of a meal time mess, fear not. Since you add your favorite BB...


  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce, plus additional for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 sliced jack or mozzarella cheese


  1. 1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté the onions for 4 minutes or until tender and set aside to cool.
  2. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooled sautéed onions, ground chicken, BBQ sauce, salt, onion and garlic powder, and mix well.
  3. 3. Evenly divide the mixture into 4 pieces for regular sized burgers, or 8 pieces for mini burgers. Shape into patties.
  4. 4. Heat remaining tbsp of oil in a pan and cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. 5. Place 1 slice of cheese on each patty during the last minute of cooking and allow to melt.
  6. 6. Place burgers on buns and top with desired accompaniments.

Accompaniments: Burger Buns, additional bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles

BBQ Chicken Burgers

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  1. Liz

    June 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Yum – thank you.

  2. Gaby

    June 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Love these little bite size burgers!!

  3. Megan

    July 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I tried this recipe with a pound of ground beef (85/15) and it came out great! I love how easily weelicious recipes adapt to match what I have on hand. We will definitely make this again :)

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  5. lparker13

    June 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    How much ground chicken??

    • catherine

      June 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      1 pound!

  6. lparker13

    June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hello, How much ground chicken??

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  8. Kevin

    July 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Nice recipe! We do a similar time saver by putting a whole chicken in our crock pot, pulling the meat apart, and saucing it for sandwiches!

  9. Sue

    July 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I am planning to put these burgers on the bbq. Has anyone tried this already?

  10. Lorrie

    June 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Don’t make the mistake of just using ground chicken….very greasy. I’m sure these are great with just the breast meat.

    • catherine

      January 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I’ve tried them with light and dark ground chicken and they both worked great. It depends on what you prefer!

  11. amy

    June 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    We made these last night..they were a huge hit!

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  14. JZ

    June 2, 2011 at 1:36 am


    Do the sautéed onions go in the mixture as well? I find that ground chicken breast can easily become too wet and take on an almost gummy texture. Hate that! But love using it. Any tips on avoiding this? I was thinking of trying to add some rolled oats (maybe quickly pulsed in the food processor).

    • catherine

      June 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Yes, the onions go into the mixture – This recipe is perfect as is! You will be surprised how good it is :)

  15. Kelly D

    June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Can you ground your own chicken in the food processor??

    • Kelly D

      June 6, 2011 at 11:09 am


    • catherine

      June 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Yes I do :)

      • Rose

        June 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Never even thought of doing my own! Great idea!

  16. Lynn

    June 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I made these last night for me & my husband. They were delicious! I was so glad he liked them…he’s very picky. He asked me to make them again….score! Thanks so much.

  17. Joy

    May 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Hi Catherine,

    I don’t have ground chicken breast handy, so I was wondering if I could sub ground turkey breast instead. Would it change the flavor too much?

    Thanks so much!!


    • catherine

      January 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Yes! You can easily sub ground turkey for chicken.

  18. Komal NARAYAN

    May 31, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Dear Catherine

    please clarify how much BBQ sauce goes into this recipe exactly since 2 amounts are listed



  19. Pralinerose

    May 31, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Hi Catherine, I have discovered your blog a few days ago and I relly LOOOOVVEEE it! (sorry i’m French so i don’t speak english very well but i hope you’ll understand me). I dont’ have kids for the moment but I have already made several Weelicious’ recipes for my fiance and me and we really loved them even if we are adults! They are fast, easy, fresh…and really gooood!! Your videos are very funny, I hope you’ll share a lot of others videos with us! Thank you

  20. catherine

    May 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Uh oh..just saw it too!

  21. bunbunbaby

    May 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    These sound great!

    Just wondering why bbq sauce is listed twice in the ingredients list (once 2 tbsp and once 1/4 cup).

    Thanks :)

    • Jessica

      May 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      I was also wondering the same thing! Thanks!

      • Casey

        June 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        The second measurement is for dipping, the two tbsp is for the burger mixture.