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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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  • 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!

  • michaeldc | 06/11/2019

    I decided to cook these on the stove top in my cast iron pan. Beautiful golden brown!!! Very tasty! I served with French green beans with lemon zest. Fresh healthy dinner.

  • user-6283872 | 06/02/2019

    I made these burgers exactly as written. They were very flavorful with a punch from the lime. I was concerned that they would be to "hot" with that much crushed pepper, but they weren't. I ate mine without a bun. The flavor tasted kind of Asian-inspired, which surprised me, but when I topped it with guacamole, then it was just tasty. I think you could go Tex-mex with toppings, or even go Asian inspired with these.

    They weren't very appealing to look at, because they didn't brown at all, (off-white!) not even upon using my convection oven's "roast" setting, which uses a top browning element. I did use plenty of oil on them, but they just didn't brown like the photo. For that reason, I took off a half star. It would be interesting to try these in a frying pan to see if they would brown. They let off quite a bit of juice on the baking sheet, which probably steams them, not letting them brown. Other than that, it is a good recipe.

  • nm18 | 05/26/2019

    I really enjoyed the flavors of these burgers. The lime really came through and gave the burgers a very bright taste. They were easy and quick to put together. I served them with corn on the cob and they paired nicely for a lovely spring meal. Mine didn’t get the crispy look on the outside that the burgers in the photo had. Perhaps I didn’t brush enough oil on the tops. Either way I am very happy with this recipe and will continue to make these.

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