Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers

Have you noticed that food blogs everywhere have gone fall crazy?

I started a fall Pinterest board and right now, those pins are the ones getting the most repinning action. I know, we are all looking forward to the changing seasons and ALL THINGS PUMPKIN but hold off just until you get a chance to make these burgers.

Chicken burgers (and turkey burgers, for that matter) can often be really bland and dry. Unlike ground beef, they need a lot of flavor and moisture added in order to taste really good. But when you find that perfect balance of moisture and flavor, I would argue that a chicken burger trumps a beef one.

Don't believe me? Try these. Really. They are lean, full of flavor, and delicious!

We liked these best with a thick slather of guacamole and a drizzle of creamy jalapeno ranch (the Chuy's copycat I recently posted!). Yum! 

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers
For the burgers:
1.5 pounds ground chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
cooking spray

For serving:
Burger buns
Your choice of toppings: Guacamole, sour cream, ranch dressing (this creamy jalapeno dip was AMAZING on it), extra cheese, extra cilantro, salsa, etc. 

Heat the grill to medium-high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, paprika, lime juice, cheddar, salt, and pepper. Mix together until well blended. Shape into four 1/2 inch thick patties.

Grill patties 5-6 minutes per side. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before serving alongside your desired toppings.


  1. YUM Must try this! New follower from scrumptious sunday!

    Chelsea @AmeriAus Blog

  2. Guacamole makes everything better! These burgers look amazing :)

  3. You don't have to tell me twice to make these! YUM! Pinning for sure & will make them before grilling season is done. ;) Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday! ~ Mama Ging

    1. Thanks for pinning! Hope you get to try them soon :)

  4. Aimee, I just linked up at Tatertots & Jello and as I scanned the links, I wanted to click on EVERY SINGLE ONE of your links! LOL! Your pictures/recipes all look so yummy! I'm following you on Bloglovin and was already following you on GFC. We love burgers and these look so delicious. Pinning to try soon!

    1. Aw, Jen, thanks so much! I adore your blog, so that's quite a compliment! Thanks for stopping by!


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