Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers



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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.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers

Cilantro lime chicken burgers that are packed with refreshing flavor! The perfect summer main dish. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 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


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until just combined. Shape the mixture into equal sized burgers.
  • 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.


Serving: 1burger (no bun or toppings) | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime chicken burgers
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    And Brittany does it again. My husband and 3 year old LOVED these. Both said it was a repeat burger.

    1. Ah this makes me so happy to hear, Katianne! So glad these burgers were a hit! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

  2. 4 stars
    These burgers are fabulous and so easy to make.
    I have them in a bun with lettuce and jalapeno mayo (mayo with chopped jalapenos from a jar). Always great.

    1. Yay!! Happy to hear you’ve been loving these burgers, Conor. Thanks for the review! I really appreciate it.

    1. I’m so glad this recipe turned out for you, Conor! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me.

  3. 5 stars
    These burgers are super easy to make – and SO flavorful!! Both the cilantro and lime flavors really shine! I made the recipe exactly as written, and both my husband and I loved them. Thank you, Brittany!

    1. I am so happy that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe, Brenna! Thank you for coming back to leave your review + star rating, I so appreciate it.

    1. Woo! I am so pumped to hear that you and your family are loving this recipe, Brenda. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  4. 5 stars
    Really nice touch of cilantro in the middle of the burger. I added some Worcester sauce to balanced the lemon acid taste.

    1. Ah yay! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Karla. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, it means a lot much to me!

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