Super Easy Chicken Burgers

Sometimes you just need a really good hamburger. But store-bought burgers are often high in fat, making it difficult for new tummies to process. These super easy chicken burgers can be made with ground chicken or ground chicken breast, whichever you prefer. They’re easy, healthy, and much easier on a new post-bariatric tummy!

tater tots, carrots, and chicken burger cut in half with one piece on fork

I love a good burger.  Or I used to.  It’s funny how tastes can change so drastically.  Since surgery, I feel like I don’t crave anything, but when my family is getting ready to cook on the grill, a 400+ calorie hamburger just doesn’t fit into my diet plan.

I actually found this recipe a long time ago during a very quick stint of researching Paleo diets.  While I never actually followed a paleo diet, this recipe became a keeper after a first attempt proved it was delicious.

How to make these super easy chicken burgers

These burgers are literally one of the easiest recipes I have in my box.  In a bowl, mix together ground chicken, onion powder, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper (1 & 2).  If you have them, you can also add in chopped scallions.  Separate the mixture into equal sized balls (3), and flatten into patties (4). Cook as desired.

chicken in a bowl with spices, all mixed together, separated into 4 balls and patties

I have found that these can be made a few different ways:  They can be cooked on the grill, but you may find that they fall apart a bit.  I always have had difficulty cooking hand-made patties on the grill, but it’s definitely an option.  They can be cooked on the stove top – either on a grill pan OR just in a frying pan with the tiniest bit of cooking spray.  Or finally, the last method, which I find to be easiest, the oven.  

cooked chicken burger on baking sheet

Once you’ve cooked these chicken burgers by whichever method you’ve chosen, you can eat them as is with some sides, or you can serve them on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and maybe even some onion and avocado.  The options are endless!

How to Serve your Chicken Burgers

I’ve eaten these plain with a couple sides.  But to make them a bit more interesting, create a lettuce wrap and enjoy a lower carb option while the rest of your family is eating a burger sandwiched between two halves of a bun.  Or, you could place the burger on top of a bed of lettuce tomato, onion, and avocado.  However you choose to make these burgers, eating them with side of either sweet potato fries or tater tots along with some broccoli or squash make these a delicious, low fat, low carb, high protein, delicious bariatric friendly dinner!

tater tots, carrots, and chicken burger cut in half on a plate


When I originally found this recipe, it actually called for ground turkey.  So the recipe that I’m sharing with you today is already a variation.  That being said, you can use ground turkey, ground turkey breast, ground chicken, or ground chicken breast.  I feel that if you use either turkey breast or chicken breast, you may want to add a tiny bit of Greek Yogurt to make it a little bit more moist.  Otherwise, your chicken burgers could be a bit too dry.

Spices: I’ve found that these are delicious with the combination of spices that I’ve written into the recipe. However, they’re even better with chopped scallions. But if you’re like me, scallions aren’t necessarily something that you keep in your fridge all the time. I’ve tried this recipe with dried chopped chives, and I’ve found they’re just as delicious!

I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as my family and I do!

tater tots, carrots, and chicken burger cut in half on a plate

Super Easy Chicken Burgers

Sometimes you just need a really good burger.  Store-bought burgers are often high in fat, making it difficult for new tummies to process but these super easy chicken burgers are easy, healthy, and much easier on a new post-bariatric tummy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 4 oz burgers
Calories 121 kcal


  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 scallions, chopped (optional)


  • Mix together the ground chicken, all of the spices, and the scallions together in a bowl. Use your hands to form the mixture into 4 equal sized patties.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve with your choice of lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado.


  1. I have made this recipe with ground chicken, ground chicken breast, ground turkey, and ground turkey breast.  I find that the breast meet can become very dry and adding a couple tablespoons of low fat Greek Yogurt is very helpful.
  2. With or without cayenne pepper, the burgers are delicious.  If you’re not sure if you want the extra heat, skip the cayenne pepper, and you won’t be disappointed.
  3. If you don’t have scallions, you can always substitute for dried chopped chives.  It’s a spice I often have on hand and makes the burgers delicious!
  4. I prefer cooking these burgers in the oven, but they’re just as easy to make on a grill pan, frying pan, or the outside grill.  Chose whichever method is easiest and most convenient for you!
  5. Serve these burgers over a bed of salad greens, tomatoes, onion, avocado, or you can serve these in a lettuce wrap!  A side of sweet potato fries or even a couple tater tots make this into a delicious meal!
Nutrition Facts:  Servings 4.0 * calories 121 * Total Fat 3 g * Saturated Fat 1 g * Monounsaturated Fat 0 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 105 mg * Sodium 417 mg * Potassium 26 mg * Total Carbohydrate 1 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 0 g * Protein 22 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.*
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