As I mentioned last week, I’ve been all about burgers lately thanks to these fabulous oven fries.  When I saw this recipe for chicken tequila burgers, I knew I would love them.  I love margaritas.  I love grilled tequila lime chicken.  Obviously, I would love this dinner – and I did.  These are easy to make and extremely flavorful.  You can taste the tequila and the lime – not too much, just the right amount.  We simply topped ours with sautéed bell pepper, onion, and lettuce.  If you really need a condiment, I think the cilantro mayo from the salmon burgers would be a nice addition, but I prefer to leave these without a sauce so the flavor of the burger itself really shines through.

The recipe calls for the use of a food processor to pulse the ingredients into a mixture that can be made into patties.  I had never done this before, instead always buying pre-ground chicken.  But with a freezer full of chicken breasts, I decided to give this method a try.  It worked very well and I didn’t have any problems at all.  If you don’t have a food processor, you could just as easily mix in the seasonings to pre-ground chicken and it would work fine.  The patties aren’t quite as sturdy as those made with ground beef, so the use of the broiler is an easy way to get them cooked and nicely browned without too much disturbance.  But really once they started cooking, they firmed up and were easy to flip.  Enjoy!


2 cloves garlic, chopped
½-1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 chicken breasts (about 1 lb. total)
3-4 tbsp. cilantro
Zest of ½ a lime
1 oz. tequila
Dash of soy sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
½ cup panko bread crumbs

For serving:
Burger buns
Sautéed bell pepper and onion


  • 01

    Preheat the broiler.  Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil.  Combine the garlic, jalapeno, chicken breasts, cilantro and lime zest in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse several times until the chicken is uniformly ground.  Mix in the tequila, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and panko.  Pulse a few more times until the ingredients are well blended.

  • 02

    Form the mixture into 4-5 patties and place them on the prepared baking sheet.  Broil the burgers for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking to brown both sides.  Check for doneness before serving.  Serve on buns with sautéed bell pepper and onion, and lettuce as desired.


  • Marg

    They sound divine, can’t wait to try them.

  • Looks delicious!

  • Sound delicious.I might put a little Chipotle Ketchup on ot.

  • Cindy Lou

    Could you use already ground up chicken?

  • Annie

    Cindy, if you read the text of my post, I answered this question. Yes, it’s fine.

  • YUMMMMMMM….these look delicious!!

  • I am making the fries tonight and now I’ll have to add this burger in to my menu plans within the next few weeks. I love anything Tequilla/Lime!

  • Yum! I bookmarked those too. Nice to see you liked them as well.

  • Wow, that sounds wonderful. Your pictures are always amazing.

  • those sound delish and something different

  • Jeannette M.

    looks great….I think I’ll try these…along with the burger buns this weekend

  • Oh my, the color of the chicken looks fabulous! What a great looking burger! yum!

  • Wow. I need to stop reading blogs at lunch time. This sounds fab.

  • I had these bookmarked as well, but had forgotten about them – thanks for the reminder. Great pic too, Annie!!

  • Hi Annie, glad you liked these burgers! I was just craving them myself and thinking about adding them to next week’s menu.

  • Those look amazing. I can not wait to try them out..

  • Wow, those chicken burgers sound tasty! I’ll definitely have to try making these for dinner sometime!

  • I gave up meat for lent, and some days I catch myself thinking I could maybe just all out become vegetarian. Then I see a recipe for chicken burgers like this, and I realize I’d miss meat way too much. I love done up versions of burgers, and this sounds like it’ll be especially good as the weather warms up. YUM!

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  • OMG, these burgers were awesome! I made these last night with the fries, and I made your spicy mac and cheese the night before, and it too was amazing! Can I just say how happy I am to have found your blog! I can’t wait to try out all your other amazing recipes! Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!

  • Here via the Modest Kitchen.

    Wow. Yeah, just wow!!!! Great dish, clean styling, and fantastic styling. I’m going to have to stick around here and learn a few things. Exceptional blog you have here.

  • The Cooking Bride

    I almost didn’t leave a comment because I just realized this was posted almost a MONTH ago! So I’m behind. These look interesting and let me just say – the baked fried are AWESOME! I’ve made them twice so far – the second time at my husband’s request. I see those becoming a regular staple at our house.

  • Kim

    Loved these burgers! The family was skeptical but this recipe won them over. Thanks for all the hard work on your blog. I read it daily and look forward to all your great recipes.

  • Maggie

    Just made these for company and they were a huge hit! Yummy and easy. I used ground chicken and the texture was nice.

  • Shelley McCammon

    OMG!!! These are fabulous. My son and his girlfriend always come for Sunday dinner, and we are all trying to eat healthy. Everyone loved these burgers, and I made your yummy oven baked fries also. The best oven fries I’ve ever made. I loved grinding my own chicken for these, that way I know exactly whats in them. My next adventure will be Tequilla Lime Chicken. I’m the Health Aide at your dad’s school and he says it is wonderful.

  • Natalie

    These burgers are GREAT! I made them last week and I’m making them again this Friday. I like to make the burger patties the night before for a no-stress no mess dinner the next evening. They are packed with flavor from the garlic, lime, cilantro and jalapeno, and when I looked at the nutritional analysis from Cara’s Cravings, they are low in fat as well. Thanks for sharing another winner.

  • Hi Annie, do you think I could do them on the George Forman grill?

  • Annie

    I don’t see why not.

  • Ashley

    I made these burgers last night and they were delicious! Very flavorful without having any type of sauce on them….although I did add a slice of provolone cheese and a pickle. Next time I think putting some fresh salsa on top would be delicious. One tip though…..these will need to cook much longer than 12-15 minutes. I had my broiler on the high setting and ended up cooking the burgers for almost 30 minutes before they were cooked thoroughly. Thanks for the great healthy recipe, I will definitely make these again!

  • Annie

    All broilers and ovens vary, so not everyone will need to cook them longer. Cooking times for things like meat are always just a guideline.

  • I made these this past weekend and had to say thank you so much! These are to die for!! I like the chicken burgers even better than the turkey burgers I make. Great flavor and it is so nice to have something new for a quick week night dinner. Thanks again!

  • Cdintem

    Thanks for this great recipe! I never thought of making my own ground chicken…awesome! I plan to play w/ the recipe a bit to come up w/ different flavor combos!

  • So basically it was Annie’s Eats weekend around here, I made a lot of your recipes this weekend! We made these burgers for dinner tonight and I served them on your Perfect Hamburger Buns and we really enjoyed these! Originally, I had put them on our menu because I was ready for a burger, a taste of Summer that I could make in the oven, but we lucked out and the weather was so nice today that I ended up having my husband throw them on the grill instead! They turned out really well. Definitely a yummy chicken burger recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sfb-communications

    This is extremely close to the Margarita Burgers published in “Gut Instinct: Diet’s Missing Link” (Leap Forward Press, 2003) with the only ingredient difference being the addition of breadcrumbs and black pepper.

  • annieseats

    As you can see where I have listed the source, I got this recipe from another blog that claims it to be an original recipe. If you take issue with the authenticity, contact her.

  • Michelle

    I made these for dinner last week and they were incredibly delicious. I was so pleased at their lovely complex flavor, and will definitely be making them as a regular part of our menu. Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe!

  • E!

    i was short on time so i bought ground chicken from the supermarket…i threw them on the grill instead of using the oven and they were AWESOME! i’ve made them 3 more times since then and have had people begging me to make them for an upcoming party. thanks for the great recipe!!! :) i can’t wait to try more of them.

  • These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Chelsea

    Just made these. They were very good! The only thing is that I could hardly taste anything but the lime. But, I love lime so it was okay :) I think next time Ill add the whole 1.7oz bottle of tequila and an entire jalapeno (I love spicy food). But other than that it was great! Thanks!! p.s-not sure what those stars are. I was trying to give it more than 1 star and it started going backwards :(

  • Ellen

    These burgers are very, very good. We enjoyed them so much. I made this Martha Stewart salad as a side and it could not have complemented the flavors of these burgers more.

    I understand that there is a range of personal taste when it comes to seasoning food, but if you could please list how much salt you put in your raw meat it would be so helpful to me; I can’t really season it to taste since it’s raw, and will have to wait until I taste the finished product to find out whether it is over or under seasoned. And I think burgers are best when the salt is incorporated before they’re cooked.

  • annieseats

    The problem there is that I don’t measure, so any amount I gave would be arbitrary or an estimate. Some of the recipes do include it. I’ll try to keep this in mind in the future though!

  • Ellen

    Well that makes sense, and I’d rather you not list an amount if it’s just a guess. I do make notes on all the recipes I cook so I’ll just increase the salt until I get it right.

  • Shari

    This was very good, freezes well too!