These BBQ Chicken Burgers are a protein packed meal you won’t be able to resist!

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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

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 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


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


Sodium: 730mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Calories: 280kcal | Fat: 13g | Protein: 28g | Carbohydrates: 12g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. […] Chicken burgers, fruit **i’ll make these as sliders, they were perfect for pool food this week […]

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

  5. Hi,

    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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!


  8. Dear Catherine

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



  9. 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

  10. These sound great!

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

    Thanks 🙂

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