BBQ Chicken Burgers

BBQ Chicken Burgers – loaded with tons of delicious flavors! Chicken, barbecue sauce, ranch seasoning, bacon, cheese, and french fried onions. All of my favorite foods in one bite! Can cook the burgers on the grill or inside in a skillet. Great for cookouts, potlucks, and an easy weeknight meal! Can make the patties ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze or later. Add these to your menu ASAP!

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Grilled Chicken Burger

These BBQ Chicken Burgers are a new favorite. They are super simple to make and packed full of delicious flavors! Chicken, barbecue sauce, ranch seasoning, bacon, cheese, and french fried onions. All of my favorite foods in one bite! We’ve been making these burgers nonstop for lunch, dinner, and for cookouts with friends. They are already back on the menu for this weekend. I can not wait! YUM!

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How to Make Barbecue Chicken Burgers

These burgers are very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, gently combine ground chicken, barbecue sauce, french fried onions, ranch seasoning, chopped bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese. Gently form the chicken mixture into burger patties. 

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Cook burgers for a few minutes on each side. Brush each side of the burgers with some extra BBQ sauce before removing them from the skillet. Place the cooked chicken burgers on split hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Unlike beef or pork, the chicken burgers must be cooked well-done to be safe to eat. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature is 165ºF.
  • To make your own ground chicken, place one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs cut into large chunks, into a food processor, and pulse until chicken is finely chopped.
  • Can substitute ground turkey.
  • You can make these chicken burgers ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze them uncooked for later
    • I usually double the recipe and freeze half the burgers uncooked so we can have a quick meal later.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade BBQ Saucehttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-bbq-sauce/
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers. I buy them all at Walmart.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mixhttps://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • I use a kitchen scale and a burger press with burger papers to make the patties. I buy everything on Amazon. Here are the products that we use (affiliate links):
  • You can cook the burgers on the grill, in a skillet, or in a grill pan
    • I find the chicken burgers stay together better when I cook them in a cast-iron skillet.
  • For low-carb burgers, omit the fried onions and use a sugar-free barbecue sauce such as G.Hughe
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What to Serve with Ground Chicken Burgers

These Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Burgers have quickly become one of our favorite burger recipes. We like to serve the burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. Feel free to add some slices of sharp cheddar cheese. YUM! Whip up with some potato salad and corn on the cob and you are set!

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BBQ Chicken Burgers

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
BBQ Chicken Burgers – loaded with tons of delicious flavors! Chicken, barbecue sauce, ranch seasoning, bacon, cheese, and french fried onions. All of my favorite foods in one bite! Can cook the burgers on the grill or inside in a skillet. Great for cookouts, potlucks, and an easy weeknight meal! Can make the patties ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze or later. Add these to your menu ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½ cup french fried onions
  • 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • cup cooked chopped bacon

Instructions:

  • Combine ground chicken, fried onions, bbq sauce, ranch seasoning, cheese, and cooked bacon.
  • Gently form chicken mixture into 3 or 4 patties.
  • Prepare grill or grill pan. Cook chicken patties for 4 or 5 minutes per side, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

  • Unlike beef or pork, the chicken burgers must be cooked well-done to be safe to eat. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature is 165ºF.
  • To make your own ground chicken, place one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs cut into large chunks, into a food processor, and pulse until chicken is finely chopped.
  • Can substitute ground turkey.
  • You can make these chicken burgers ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze them uncooked for later. 
    • I usually double the recipe and freeze half the burgers uncooked so we can have a quick meal later.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-bbq-sauce/
  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers. I buy them all at Walmart.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • I use a kitchen scale and a burger press with burger papers to make the patties. I buy everything on Amazon. Here are the products that we use (affiliate links):
  • You can cook the burgers on the grill, in a skillet, or in a grill pan. 
    • I find the chicken burgers stay together better when I cook them in a cast-iron skillet.
  • For low-carb burgers, omit the fried onions and use a sugar-free barbecue sauce such as G.Hughe

Steph

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