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.

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Chicken burgers cooking in a grill pan on the stove.

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

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    1. mandi
      March 10, 2021 AT 11:58 pm

      These burgers are a hit in my family! Even my picky eaters love them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 11, 2021 AT 1:35 am

        So glad these burgers were a hit! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it, Mandi.

    2. Sera
      October 13, 2020 AT 9:55 pm

      Great Burger… it easy to make and also tasty

    3. Iw
      August 16, 2020 AT 2:03 pm

      Have made them twice so good, I make a sauce with lime Greek yogurt and cilantro and love it as a low carb recipe with grilled veggies

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:21 pm

        Ohh sounds delicious! So glad you’re loving these burgers, Isabel. 🙂

    4. Rachel
      July 16, 2020 AT 3:39 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 16, 2020 AT 4:17 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad these burgers were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it, Rachel!

    5. Emily
      July 7, 2020 AT 8:21 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2020 AT 4:52 pm

        So glad this recipe was a hit, Emily! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Becky
      July 7, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2020 AT 10:03 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad these burgers were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    7. Erica McNerney
      June 27, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:33 am

        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.

    8. Catherine
      May 28, 2020 AT 8:00 pm

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

    9. CounselorChick
      May 10, 2020 AT 6:14 pm

      A lovely light meal. I served it with your deconstructed avocado salad. Delicious!

    10. Michael Kelly
      April 27, 2020 AT 6:33 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 28, 2020 AT 12:28 am

        Hey Michael – I am so sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this recipe. 🙁

    11. Ashley
      March 25, 2020 AT 7:12 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 26, 2020 AT 3:04 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Ashley! 🙂 I’m so glad y’all are loving these burgers. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it. <3

    12. Hayley
      October 31, 2019 AT 3:52 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 31, 2019 AT 10:23 pm

        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!

    13. Andrea Roberts
      August 14, 2019 AT 8:19 pm

      Perfect! Quick and easy. My middle schooler had friends over and they were a hit 🙂

    14. Andrea Roberts
      August 14, 2019 AT 8:18 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2019 AT 9:18 am

        Thank you so much for the feedback and for leaving a star rating. I so appreciate it and I’m so glad the burgers were a hit.

    15. Nicola
      August 8, 2019 AT 3:53 pm

      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

    16. Sue Lynch
      July 20, 2019 AT 6:55 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 21, 2019 AT 5:02 pm

        Ahhh!! I’m so glad you and your hubby enjoyed these burgers, Sue. And I so appreciate you coming back to leave a star rating. It’s so helpful for my website.

    17. Anne
      July 1, 2019 AT 1:01 pm

      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! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2019 AT 1:55 pm

        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. 🙂

    18. Katie Gauker
      June 28, 2019 AT 7:05 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2019 AT 10:26 pm

        Wow! I love that you made them so quickly, Katie. And thank you for coming back to leave a comment and let me know that you liked it. I’m pumped. Enjoy!

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