Juicy and very flavorful, this Chipotle Chicken Burger mixes finely chopped onion, red pepper, cilantro and a little kick from chipotles in adobo right into the ground chicken meat. Prepare for a taste fest because this will satisfy any burger craving because this might just be the best chicken burger.

A thick chipotle chicken burger topped with melted cheese, tomato and lettuce

I’m a big fan of all burgers but sometimes I like something on the lighter side. Because chicken has very little flavor, I’ve incorporated all the flavor in with the chicken meat. Just 4 ingredients (excluding the salt and pepper) are are all that is needed to turn this into one tasty burger. It may even be the big kahuna of chicken burgers (Pulp Fiction reference there).

What I love about this burger are the abundance of flavors added to the meat and you can see them in the burger (see below).

A chipotle chicken burger cooking on the grill and the burger covered in melted cheese

When forming the patties, you’ll find that the mixture is sticky and moist, don’t worry, that’s what you want because they stay nice and moist and don’t dry out. As long as you set it in the pan (or grill) and don’t move it, it will not fall apart on you. You must wait the 6 minutes before turning the burger, and if it sticks, it’s not ready to turn.

A grilled bun and a burger with melted cheese on lettuce

As with all meat burgers, cheese is a must. My favorite is a good, white sharp cheddar, but any of your favorite will work.

Tomato topped cheeseburger and a complete burger in a bun

Let’s talk about the spice level in this Chipotle Chicken Burger, you can make it as spicy as you like. I used 2 chipotle peppers (they are smoked jalapeños) and removed the seeds along with a teaspoon of the adobo sauce. It has a spicy kick but not too much that you can’t enjoy the flavors. If you like it spicier, add more.

Chipotle chicken burger with a bite taken and dipping a French fry into ketchup

Purely for recipe testing only I did take a bite, which led to many. OK, I ate it all (and maybe a couple of fries). Someone has to test the taste and quality of the food. It’s the perks of the job.

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Yield: 4 burgers

Chipotle Chicken Burger

A chipotle chicken burger from the side

Finely chopped onion, red pepper, cilantro and a little kick from chipotles in adobo right into the ground chicken meat. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 1/4 pounds (567 grams) ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro
  • 2 peppers from a can of chipotle in adobo, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white cheddar cheese


  1. To a large mixing bowl add the ground chicken, onion, bell pepper cilantro,chipotles, adobo sauce, salt and pepper. Use your hands to carefully mix until well incorporated. Don't over mix. Divide the mix into 4 equal portions and form into patties. They will be sticky. To help them not stick to your hands you can rub your hands with a little cooking oil.
  2. Heat a grill pan or heavy skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the patties onto the grill pan and don't move for 6 minutes. Turn and cook for a further 6 minutes. Turn down the heat to low and top the burgers with the cheese. Lightly cover the burgers with foil until the cheese melts.
  4. Serve on your favorite bun with your favorite toppings and condiments.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 burger

Amount Per Serving Calories 260Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 84mgSodium 787mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 22g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.

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