Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers
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Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers- Spice it up!




There's just something about them that make people smile. But burgers don't just have to be a slab of meat on a bun. When I make mine, I like to grab some spices from the spice drawer and have the kids cut a handful of fresh herbs from our garden in order to come up with a mixture that will really jazz things up.

By incorporating some curry, garlic powder, fresh parsley and mint into the ground chicken and sauce, you give the ordinary burger a huge burst of unforgettable flavors. The best part is that you don't need to wait for your summertime grill to enjoy these burgers. They're beyond easy to make in a sauté pan any time of year.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers  (4)

  • Prep Time: 6 mins,
  • Cook Time: 6 mins,
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Burgers! There's just something about them that make people smile. But burgers don't just have to be a slab of meat on a bun. When I make mine, I like to grab some spices from the spice drawer and have the kids cut a handful of fresh herbs from our...


  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • sauce:
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 persian cucumbers, peeled, grated & strained
  • pinch of salt


  1. 1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté onions for 4 minutes until tender and set aside to cool.
  2. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sautéed onions, ground chicken, salt, parsley, garlic and curry powder. Evenly divide mixture and shape into flour patties.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, mint, cucumber and salt to make the sauce.
  4. 4. Heat the remaining tbsp of oil in a pan and cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. 5. Place burgers on buns and top with yogurt sauce and desired accompaniments.

Accompaniments: Burger Buns, Pita Pockets, Tomatoes, Lettuce

Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers

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  1. Erin

    May 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    So yummy! I made a double batch and grilled them instead of sautéing. Made a few regular sized burgers for Daddy and me and a bunch of little ones for my little guy. Super tasty!

  2. Elizabeth

    September 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Yum! I will try these with the trader joes buns – thanks! I love your site!

  3. Sarah

    May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    And I doubled the recipe and have half in the freezer and saved half to make later in the week. YUM.

  4. Sarah

    May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Just wanted to say how great these burgers were. I added some garlic to the onions and some paprika and coriander too. And to help the chicken mixture hold together better, some panko.

    Thanks for the middle eastern idea – I’d make a bunch of chicken burgers in the past with more of an herb/Italian twist and they just weren’t tasty enough. BIG HIT with my hubby. Now if I can only get my three year old to stop looking at it and eat it – he thinks its too pretty to eat.

  5. Stephanie

    April 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Could you make pre-make the patties the night before, or would the onions become too soggy?

    Thanks! We loved this!

  6. Diana

    March 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    these were terrific! just made them tonight. i did not put the parsley or the cucumber in the yogurt sauce- just the fresh mint and a bit of salt with the greek yogurt. just trying to simplify a bit further. it was still delicious with the burgers. they were so flavorful, yet so simple. i love recipes like this – please keep them coming! usually so-called simple recipes are neither simple nor flavorful. we will definitely be having thee again!

  7. kathy

    March 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    These were delicious. I used veganaise to make the sauce since we have a dairy allergy in the house. Thanks for this recipe!

  8. Feather

    March 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I made these this evening for dinner and they turned out delicious! I made them with ground turkey instead of chicken (what I had), and they were super flavorful. Easy, fast and tasty!

  9. ladyberd

    March 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Made these tonight for my 19-month old… Just the patties and sauce and she loved it! So happy to have her trying new flavors

  10. Ali

    March 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    burgers look great – is there a dairy free option to the yogurt???

  11. Erin

    March 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Those buns look great? Are they store bought or do you have a recipe?

    • catherine

      March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Store bought. Trader Joe’s!

  12. Sara

    March 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    What type curry do you use? Yellow?

    • catherine

      March 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Yes! Yellow Curry Powder.

  13. Deborah

    March 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Can we replace parsley with cilantro? I ran out of parsley and have lots of cilantro instead.

  14. Laura

    March 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Quick question, can we substitute Kosher salt for regular or sea salt?

    • catherine

      March 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Yes! You can use any type of salt you prefer.

  15. Danielle

    March 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    That looks DELISH! Going to try it for SURE.

  16. Katie Trumbauer

    March 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    where can you get ground chicken, I’ve seen turkey and beef, but no ground chicken?

    • Dilly

      February 5, 2014 at 4:08 am

      You have the monopoly on useful inerrmation-aofn’t monopolies illegal? 😉

    • catherine

      March 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      If your local grocery doesn’t carry it pre-packaged you can usually ask at the butcher counter and they’ll grind it up for you. I also sometimes throw all the meat (no bones or skin) in my food processor and grind it up real quickly. It works like a charm!

  17. Carissa

    March 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I cant wait to make this for my family!!! All i have is ground turkey though, it will have to do!

  18. Heather Barlow

    March 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Can regular cucumbers be used in place of Persian Cucumbers?

  19. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    March 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Mmmm, love the spices in these! Looks like a wonderful, unique dinner idea!

  20. CCMom

    March 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Looks amazing! Putting this on my list of must try

  21. meghna

    March 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I actually never use egg in my burger/meatloaf mixtures, but that might be due to using chicken, or turkey, lamb as base to mixture. Beef might be a more crumbly meat. I don’t eat beef, so not sure if the consistency if different from other ground meats.

  22. Sarah

    March 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Don’t burgers need an egg or something to bind them so they don’t crumble when sauteed?

    • catherine

      March 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Ground chicken is a bit “stickier” then red meat, so there’s no need for egg.