Guys.  Please, stop what you are doing and go put these burgers on your menu.  Okay, I’m not trying to be bossy.  Well, that’s a lie.  I’m kind of bossy by nature – but really, I’m trying to do you a favor.  You see, I love every single recipe I share in this space.  If I don’t love it, I don’t share it.  Sometimes, though, a meal stands out from the rest.  This, my friends, is a perfect summertime meal in my book and it deserves a little extra touting.

It utilizes the grill which is great because I always try to make the most out of grilling season while it is here.  It’s a very easy dish – still just a burger at heart, but a few simple additions take it to a new level and make it seem a little bit fancy pants.  Oh, and one of those things is guacamole, so that guarantees awesomeness right?  I can’t wait to make this again and I know we’ll be enjoying it many more times in the coming months.  Any friends reading this that want to come over for dinner soon, this is probably what we’ll be having :)


Oil (for oiling grill grates)

For the burgers: 

  • 1½ lbs. ground chicken
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced small
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, cored and minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

To serve: 


  • 01

    Heat a grill to medium-high heat.  Oil the grates to prevent the burgers from sticking.  To make the burgers, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly, just until evenly combined.  Form the mixture into 4-5 patties.

  • 02

    Cook the patties on the heated grill, about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping once.  A few minutes before the burgers are finished cooking, top with sliced or shredded cheddar cheese (if desired).  Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160˚ F.  Remove the burgers to a plate and let rest a few minutes before serving.  Assemble with burger buns, guacamole, salsa, and/or minced fresh cilantro as desired.

  • 03

    *If you are making fancy pants burgers (or any burger at home, really), they are deserving of a good bun.  The best buns, in fact, are the ones you can bake at home.  It makes such a difference, not to mention they freeze fantastically so you can make a double batch and stock up!
  • Angie

    I love spicy burgers, these look amazing!

  • Melissa B

    Looks so yummy – but is this one of those dishes that really HAS to have the guacamole? Allergic to avocados so no quac for me. Trust me it makes me sad too!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Oh my goodness, YES!! Making these so soon!

  • Oh holy yum. All my favorite flavors in one place! :)

  • jennie lopez

    This sounds seriously amazing. I’m always all in for anything with guac. Going on the menu for Sunday!

  • annieseats

    Well, since it’s just a burger with guac on you can of course leave it off. I’m sure you can play around with other topping options, though to me the combination here is what makes it so awesome. But no doubt they would be awesome with salsa, etc. I have seen other people add Ranch dressing to these which sounds like a fab idea. You could try the homemade ranch recipe for that – it is soooo good!

  • Mmmmm, a combination of all of my favorite things: jalapenos, cheese, guacamole, and burgers.

  • sharmylae

    jalapenos, cheddar AND guac? excuse me while i run to the kitchen. these look amazing, gonna have to try them out this weekend! thanks for sharing!

  • Sweet! I’ll be over in a jiffy. ;) These look so good! Definitely going on my weekend menu. P.S. Gorgeous photo! You are rockin’ the new lens.

  • annieseats

    Oh, we would have such fun! And thanks! But, this is actually one of my “old” lenses. I haven’t used the new one a ton for food yet. Still playing around with it and seeing what I like it for best (it’s a zoom).

  • bufalowevr

    are you spying on my garden and have you seen the abundance of jalapenos we have right now? this recipe couldn’t have come at a better time!

  • Caroline L.

    I read the title and was already close to drooling! And then I was dunzo after reading your description and seeing the picture – need. this. now!

  • azestybite

    This burger has MY NAME all over it. I want it so badly.

  • Sara

    These look so amazing! How much heat do they give off? Were your kids able to enjoy them? Curious to see if my 3 1/2 year old would be willing to try. :)

  • annieseats

    Oh yeah, they devoured them! These aren’t really spicy at all but even if they were, we’d still feed them to our kids. They don’t mind spice.

  • Angela Siler Blitstein

    These look like tonight’s dinner to me :) We’ll be swapping in turkey for the chicken but I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • Angela

    They look delicious. I’m going to make this over the weekend. All of your recipes I’ve made have been resounding successes. Thank you for sharing. Also, lovely picture.

  • Jamie Stone

    Ohhhhh YUM! perfect summer dinner!

  • Kelsey

    Oh YUM! I’ll be over for dinner as soon as possible. I think this and some margaritas would make for an amazing summer evening!

  • Ah. Well it’s a fabulous photo nonetheless. :) I had a telephoto lens back in Oslo, but our apartment was so small I could hardly get far enough from the food to actually take a photo. Haha.

  • annieseats

    Yeah, lenses like that are hard to work with! Thankfully with this one, the ability to go down to 24 mm means I can be really close to things if I want, which definitely makes for easier overhead shots for this shorty :) I just haven’t gotten to play around with that much yet. But Alex and Sonja use theirs for food a lot, I believe.

  • You had me at “guacamole.” And I’m sure these burgers are epic. They just made my menu for this weekend!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    What a delicious looking burger!

  • Jennifer Drummond

    Now this is my kind of burger! It’s just beautiful!!

  • Kerry Cooks

    Bossy people are for sure the best people!

  • My boyfriend would love this. I must give this a go.

  • Jenn V

    I made these last night and they did not disappoint. They were so flavorful and I definitely recommend serving them with your brioche buns. They were so good I even had a burger for breakfast this morning, lol!

  • Lauren

    I wanted to make chicken burgers tonight for dinner and this recipe got to my inbox just in time. They tasted amazing!!!!

  • Annie Song

    I swear I was thinking about making chicken burgers tomorrow night! Annie, when are you going to publish a cookbook?! ;)

  • Kensey Gosch

    Oh man, those look good!

  • Lily R

    These sound fabulous and right up my alley!! Might have to try next week…!

  • nessa

    That guacamole looks killer!

  • Elizabeth

    I made these for dinner tonight; the table was SILENT for about 10 minutes as everyone was just eating. Absolutely delicious; dressed them with mashed avocado and fresh pico de gallo. YUM.

  • Sam Scrivani

    Made these a couple nights ago soooooo good.

  • Karena

    YUM. I usually go with turkey instead of chicken when it comes to burgers…is there a huge difference flavor-wise?

  • Jill

    Made these with ground turkey yesterday and they were delish!

  • Cheryl Duss

    I may be overselling these, but I just had to come back and comment on how wonderful these burgers are and how they got me through our recent heat wave. When you originally posted the Jalapeño Cheddar Chicken Burgers, I was going shopping that day anyway, so grabbed the ingredients needed and made them the next day. Since I live alone, and it makes 4 -5 patties, I cooked all of them and then wrapped and froze the extra. Sooooo glad that I did that in advance, with Annie’s comments about freezing things and being organized, I wrapped each and labelled them accordingly.

    Then we got our heat wave here in Ontario, Canada (which I think was in almost every State as well in the US just recently). Well, without air-conditioning, you can just imagine how I didn’t feel much like cooking, but then I remembered these incredible burgers – and they saved me! Again, not trying to be overdramatic, but so thankful for your recipe!!!! They were so quick and easy to thaw and reheat quickly, that it was perfect. The lime and cilantro in these make them taste light and refreshing – just what you want on a hot summer day.

  • Diane

    These were fantastic! I’ve been on a new-recipe trying kick the last couple weeks and this was one of them. So good. I live in Southern Utah so we can use the grill year round pretty much. We had them with guacamole, pico de gallo, and a little drizzle of lime cilantro dressing. I used turkey because that’s what I had, but they were so good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Natalie

    These were incredible. And they came together so quickly! A new favourite in our house!

  • Stephanie

    This was such a great dinner! I will definitely be adding this to the repertoire for entertaining :)

  • I made these tonight and they were so good! I need to try the bun recipe next – I had mine naked and my husband had his on an English muffin. :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Amber Patty

    These were amaaaazing! I love any excuse to make those homemade burger buns! ;)

  • Sara Anderson

    just want to share… our avocados were not ripe enough to make guac. We made a little lime crema by adding lime juice, cilantro, salt & pepper to some sour cream. It was a great topping!