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Chicken Burgers with Lime, Pepper, and Pickle

Servings: 4

Who knew a burger could taste so light and bright? Lime zest and juice as well as fresh cilantro and red bell pepper brighten this one beautifully. Don’t leave off the pickle; that little bit of tang and crunch makes a big difference.


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 Tbs. olive oil; more for the baking sheet
  • 2 oz. butter lettuce leaves (about 2 cups)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise; more to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, preferably brioche, toasted if you like
  • Sliced dill pickles

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 470
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 270
  • Fat (g): 30
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Cholesterol (mg): 105
  • Sodium (mg): 870
  • Carbohydrates (g): 27
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Sugar (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 25


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Put the chicken, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, lime zest and juice, pepper flakes, and 1-1/2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl, and use your hands to mix well (the mixture will be very moist). Divide evenly to make four 4-inch patties. Brush the prepared baking sheet lightly with oil. Put the burgers on the sheet, then brush the burgers on both sides with 2 Tbs. of the oil. Roast, flipping once halfway through and draining any juices that have collected in the pan, until the burgers are cooked through (165°F), about 15 minutes.
  • Toss the lettuce with the remaining 11/2 tsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Spread the mayonnaise on each of the bottom buns. Top with the burgers, lettuce, pickles, and top bun, and serve.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • Victoria20 | 12/17/2019

    Easy and well received

  • Hig87 | 09/16/2019

    Excellent burger! As with ALL recipes I try, the first go is strictly 'by the recipe.' This was no exception and was found to be very flavorful with the Lime and Cilantro the most pronounced flavors. The onion and bell pepper were noticeably present and played well. As some have commented, the burgers are not appetizing to the eye bc they do not brown up and I was sure to brush with adequate oil. A left over burger the next day was heated in my carbon steel skillet and the char was indeed an addition. Topped with hot sauce and chill lettuce - noticeably improved.
    These burgers are excellent and have a tremendous amount of room for customizing. Btw, I ground the chicken in my mixer attachment.
    Give them a go! You'll be very pleased. Thank you FC!!

  • Krispie | 08/07/2019

    This was pretty good. I think for most it would be excellent. We just have a bunch of people who don’t like green stuff in their food and so they wouldn’t eat the burgers. I may make this again for adults who like to eat healthy, but not for my kids.

  • momsstuffing | 06/26/2019

    Made according to recipe. But cooked on range griddle. Browned nicely and tasted delicious!!!! Kids loved it too. Will put in menu rotation!

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