Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

I’m obsessed with these burgers. I mean why wouldn’t I be? They are decked out with sour cream, GUACAMOLE and salsa. Shouldn’t all burgers be dressed like this? I think so.

Toppings make the burger. Don’t you think?

Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a burger and topping rut. Lots of times I just top my burger with some cheese and ketchup. That’s what I’ve done for so many years – but it’s quite amazing what a few new toppings could do for your burger. So last week I stepped up my burger game with a juicy chicken burger patty that I stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and jalapeños. It was bonkers. And then I decided to get even fancier with a spoonful of guacamole and a dollop of sour cream. Nothing crazy – but it was so much better than a plain ‘ol burger.

You could easily make these with ground turkey if you’re more into a turkey burger kinda thang. Either way the flavors from the jalapeno, cheddar, cilantro and guacamole makes these burgers total winners.

Also. Side note. How did it get to be March? I feel like this happens all the time and weeks and months just race by. Before you know it, it’s going to be summer and it will be time for some serious pool parties! I’m ready. Bring it on. Sunshine. Bottles of rosé. Friends. Guacamole. Burgers. Grilling. Hello happiness.

So while I’m off in la la land, dreaming about pool parties. Let’s make some burgers shall we?

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Optional Toppings
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • red onions
  • guacamole
  • chipotle salsa


  1. Prepare an indoor or outdoor grill over medium heat.
  2. Transfer the ground chicken to a medium bowl.
  3. Add in the onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, paprika, cheddar cheese, salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Using your hands, incorporate everything together. Make sure everything is evenly incorporated without over mixing the ground chicken.
  4. Form the mixture into four 1/2"-thick patties. Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked through, 5-7 minutes per side.
  5. Serve each patty in a burger bun topped with guacamole and sour cream and salsa if desired.

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  1. I made these tonight for dinner, but I used ground turkey as I have never worked with ground chicken before. We also put in a lot of Sriracha in there as well. Hubby loved them and said they must remain on the dinner menu. Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes!

  2. We just finished eating these for lunch and they were SOOOO good!! Even my 5 year old ate one! Thanks for sharing a fabulous recipe. Yummm :)

  3. These taste so good that we woke up thinking about them the next day!! I make my own ground chicken by throwing a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the food processor & pulsing until ground. For the cilantro, I used the kind in the tube, squirting it in. We dressed them with home-made guacamole, sour cream red onion, and chipotle hot sauce. Thank you for a great recipe I will be making often.

  4. Ok.. I made these last night… only i altered the recipe just a tad…. I shredded the chicken and did it all in a skillet, so it was kind of like a “pulled pork” sandwich only “pulled chicken”… all the same flavors, just didn’t turn it into a burger. We used guacamole and sour cream as toppings and I am telling you, this recipe is a total keeper and a new favorite in my house. Thank you!

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