Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers

Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers are going to be your new go-to! They're super easy to make and pack incredible flavors in every bite. If you're looking for a healthier alternative to a traditional beef burger, look no further! 

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 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.

What takes these Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers to the next level is the greek yogurt sauce we pile on top. If you give my kids dipping sauce, they'll try just about anything. If your little ones are hesitant about chicken burgers, definitely encourage them to try it with the sauce. It's delicious and adds a lot of moisture to this lean meat. 

We have some sort of burger every week or so because they're so easy and delicious to make. If we're not making these Chicken Burgers, we're having Turkey Zucchini BurgersGuacamole Cheddar Burgers or these incredible vegetarian Garbanzo Burgers. And of course, we always pair them with Air Fryer French Fries

Even the "picky about burgers" people in your family will love these Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers. They're a great, healthier alternative to beef burgers while still packing all the flavor.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers (4)

Prep Time: 6 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 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
  • For The Sauce:
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 persian cucumbers, peeled, grated & strained
  • pinch of kosher salt

Preparation

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. 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. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, mint, cucumber and salt to make the sauce.

4. Heat the remaining tbsp of oil in a pan and cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side.

5. Place burgers on buns and top with yogurt sauce and desired accompaniments.

Accompaniments

Burger Buns, Pita Pockets, Tomatoes, Lettuce

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Hi, I’m Catherine. 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.

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26 comments

  • Sarah

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

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    • Catherine

      Ground chicken is a bit \"stickier\" then red meat, so there's no need for egg.

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  • Meghna

    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.

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  • C

    Looks amazing! Putting this on my list of must try

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  • Lori RecipeGirl

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

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  • Heather Barlow

    Can regular cucumbers be used in place of Persian Cucumbers?

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  • Carissa

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

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  • Katie Trumbauer

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

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    • Catherine

      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!

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    • Dilly

      You have the monopoly on useful inerrmation-aofn't monopolies illegal? ;)

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  • Danielle

    That looks DELISH! Going to try it for SURE.

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  • Laura

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

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    • Catherine

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

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  • Deborah

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

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  • Sara

    What type curry do you use? Yellow?

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    • Catherine

      Yes! Yellow Curry Powder.

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  • Erin

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

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    • Catherine

      Store bought. Trader Joe's!

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  • Ali

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

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  • Ladyberd

    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

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  • Feather

    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!

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  • Kathy

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

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  • Diana

    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!

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  • Stephanie

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

    Thanks! We loved this!

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  • Elizabeth

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

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  • Erin

    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!

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