Healthy Jalapeño Chicken Burgers

Chicken burger on a bun with a cheese and jalapeño slices on top.

Healthy and flavorful jalapeño chicken burgers are perfect for summer cookouts this season! With just a few simple ingredients, they're easy to make in just minutes.


  • 1 large jalapeno, stem and seeds removed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • 4 sliced cheddar or jack cheese (optional)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Other toppings: lettuce, sliced tomato, onions, pickles, fresh jalapeño slices, mustard, mayonnaise, etc


  1. Finely mince garlic and jalapeño. Add to a mixing bowl with chicken, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix well with your hands and form into 4 patties. Place on patties on a plate and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  4. Cook patties for about 5 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165° F. 
  5. Add cheese if using move burgers to indirect heat (or cover the pan and lower the heat for a grill pan) until the cheese melts.
  6. While burgers are cooking, toast buns (optional). Place a burger on each bottom bun. Top with avocado slices and desired toppings, then top bun.


  • You can either use a sharp knife or a mini food processor (I like this one) to mince the garlic and jalapeño.
  • If the jalapeño is extra hot, be sure to remove the pithy ribs on the insides, as they hold a lot of heat there. You can also soak the jalapeños in cold water after removing the seeds to tame some of the heat.
  • Wet your hands when shaping the patties to prevent the meat from sticking to your hands.
  • Keep patties chilled before grilling to ensure they stay together.
  • To toast buns, either place them on the grill for a few minutes, or toast in the oven at 400°F for about 5 minutes.

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