Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers

Cilantro lime chicken burgers that are packed with refreshing flavor! The perfect summer main dish. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 

As I was planning out recipes for summer, I realized I only have two burger recipes on my blog! Time to change that! Although my brain typically goes to eating a burger on a hamburger bun, you can also serve these in a lettuce “bun” or over a salad. This burger is delicious every way!

Chicken burgers cooking in a grill pan on the stove.

Why Ground Chicken?

I decided to use ground chicken for this recipe because I thought it would go best with the cilantro and lime flavors. It feels stickier than ground beef but the burgers hold together well once they’re cooked without using an egg or bread crumbs.

Mixture of ingredients for cilantro lime chicken burgers: ground chicken, lime zest, and cilantro.

Ingredients in Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers

  • ground chicken
  • lime juice + zest
  • onion
  • cilantro
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • ground pepper

Chicken burger on a bun with red onion, avocado, and lettuce.

How to Make Chicken Burgers

There is a little bit of chopping involved but this recipe is super simple! Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and shape into burgers. I like to get my hands a little damp before forming the burgers so the chicken sticks to itself and not my hands. 🙂

You can cook these chicken burgers in a skillet, on a grill pan or on the grill. When they reach an internal temperature of 165º, they’re ready to eat! My favorite way to enjoy these burgers is with sliced avocado, sliced jalapeños, onion, mayo and ketchup but feel free to create your own masterpiece.

Chicken burger on an open face bun. Burger is topped with sliced avocado. Bun is topped with aioli and onions. A green salad is on the side of the plate.

If you make these cilantro lime chicken burgers, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


Cilantro lime chicken burgers that are packed with refreshing flavor! The perfect summer main dish. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice + 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of ground pepper
  • whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns or lettuce bun
  • toppings of choice: avocado, ketchup, red onion, jalapeño slices, avocado oil mayo


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until just combined. Shape the mixture into equal sized burgers.
  2. Spray a little cooking spray on a non-stick skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Add burgers to skillet and cook 6-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and 165°F internally. Serve immediately with toppings and bun of choice.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger (no bun or toppings)
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 21g

Keywords: cilantro lime chicken burgers

The perfect sides for these chicken burgers:

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  1. My husband and I loved this recipe! The lime juice really brightens up the ground chicken. Thank you!!!

  2. Great! Tasty, easy, fast and healthy. Had ground turkey on hand so that’s what we used. Thanks for a great recipe!! Will add this to the weekly dinner options!

  3. Made these for dinner last night and they were so so good! Used turkey bc forgot to buy chicken. Served on a toasted sandwich thin with mashed avocado, pickled jalapeños, sour cream and salsa. I couldn’t stop saying how delicious they were! Definitely adding to our meal rotation.

  4. Oh my goodness! We absolutely *love* this recipe! The first time I followed it exactly, and my skeptical husband loved it. The second time, I added some finely chopped bell peppers. We serve with sliced avocado and pepper jack cheese. Fabulous and healthy!

    • Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Erica!! So glad these burgers were a hit. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

  5. Such a crowd pleaser! Lovely flavor especially when put with avocado and ketchup mixed with a little bit of mayo.

  6. Far too many onions and far too much cilantro. Both areoverpowering in this recipe. Might as well have an onion and cilantro wrap with no chicke. Really bad.

  7. This recipe is amazing. We make these burgers every other week. The patties are even good leftover and reheated! I have recommended this recipe to many friends. Thank you!

  8. These burgers are so tasty! simple and easy to make.
    So happy I’ve stumbled upon your blog will continue to try your recipes.

    • Woo-hoo! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed these burgers, Hayley! I can’t wait to hear what you think of other EBF recipes. 🙂 And thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, it means the world to me!

  9. Perfect!! Quick and easy. Something different. My middle schooler had friends over for dinner and they were a hit 🙂

  10. Lime cilantro chicken burgers are amazing really tasty, moist and full of flavor I make them often fir my 2.5 year old daughter who loves them too

  11. Easy and absolutely delicious even my husband who is not much on chicken loved them perfect for a hot summer day

  12. Made these last night. Followed the recipe to a T. Super easy and both my kids loved them. The lime makes it a perfect, refreshing summer meal. My 11 year old daughter wants these on the menu rotation… weekly! 🙂

    • Ahh!! This makes me so excited, Anne. Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed them. I’m so pumped to hear that they’re kid-approved it!! I have a quick favor. Would you be able to leave another comment with a star rating? The star ratings are super helpful for search engines and help get more views on the recipe. 🙂

  13. Ok, these are so so good. I just signed up for the newsletter yesterday and when I got the email this morning with this recipe in it, I knew I had to try it. I’m making them again in a few days!

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