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

4 from 41 votes
Cilantro lime chicken burgers that are packed with refreshing flavor! The perfect summer main dish. Gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 
Chicken burgers cooking in a grill pan on the stove.
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
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime chicken burgers


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Recipe Rating

    1. Conor
      February 1, 2022 AT 12:11 pm

      5 stars
      I love these burgers. I have them with shredded lettuce and jalapeno mayo in a bun. Awesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 2, 2022 AT 9:09 am

        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.

    2. Conor
      October 14, 2021 AT 8:33 am

      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. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2021 AT 11:53 am

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

    3. Lesley
      August 11, 2021 AT 12:01 pm

      5 stars
      Very delicious, added some bread crumbs because mix was a little wet but the flavour was perfect.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2021 AT 1:16 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this recipe, Lesley! Thanks for the review 🙂

    4. Katianne
      July 8, 2021 AT 6:40 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2021 AT 11:03 am

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

    5. Kayla W
      June 2, 2021 AT 8:46 am

      5 stars
      Made these last night with some leftover chicken and they were fantastic! They have been added to my regular meal rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2021 AT 10:06 am

        Woo!! This makes me so happy to hear, Kayla! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

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