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


  • 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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139 thoughts on “Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

  1. Oh wow these look delicious! I’m always looking for alternatives to beef burgers as I don’t really like beef, I just love chicken though, it’s so versatile! Definitely going to make these, that flavour combo sounds killer! :D

  2. Oooowie these were so delicious. My boyfriend said if he ever gets the electric chair… This meal is top 3. We stuffed the patties with cheese so when we took every massive bite melted cheese would string out. Definately making again.

  3. These look amazing!! I have ground turkey that I need to use up – do you think this would work well with ground turkey instead of ground chicken?

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    • Hey Emily! I haven’t tried to freeze these but I would think they would be fine – just be sure to cover them really well so they don’t get freezer burn! Happy cooking!

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  7. My husband made these burgers for us the other night & they were so good! This is our new favorite burger recipe!

  8. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I made these burgers last night and they were awesome! We didn’t put the guac or sour cream in an effort to cut calories and fat but the burgers were still great and tasty!

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  23. I’m always looking for an alternative to beef. My husband, on the other hand, does not feel the same. I made these a few weeks ago and he was really impressed! The flavor is soooo delicious it makes up for the fact that its chicken and not beef. I’m making them again for some friends tonight.

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  26. My husband seems to think they would NEED some sort of breadcrumbs or something to “hold them together”. Has anyone had any problems with this? I’m ready to try these!!!

    • Hey Pamela!
      You can take a peek at some of the comments above – I’ve been making these weekly and haven’t had a problem holding them together because I don’t use any liquid that needs the binding effect of bread crumbs :) Hope this helps!

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  29. I made these this evening – I eat low carb mostly, so I used a lettuce leaf instead of a bun, and it was deliciious!

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  32. I will be making these for sure on memorial day. So I am curious to know what type of buns are those. Is it home made or even possibly a roll?

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  34. I made these and they were AWESOME!! I cooked them in the oven on 375* F for 10 mins , then upped it to 400*F for 5 mins in a foil lined cookie sheet. They released some water but i didn’t let that scare me… I just finished them off on a hot pan to get them browned :) And eating it with sour cream and salsa was just genius! Good one Gaby ;)

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  40. Made these this evening for dinner and they were AWESOME! I paired them with sweet potato fries, a salad and sweet tea my husband said this could be every night’s dinner, great burgers Gaby!a salad

  41. Made these this evening for dinner and they were AWESOME! I paired them with sweet potato fries, a salad and sweet tea my husband said this could be every night’s dinner, great burgers Gaby!

  42. These were GREAT! The grocery store was out of ground chicken so I went with turkey. So good with my homemade guacamole. YUM! Can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch. Thanks so much!

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  44. Made these for Father’s Day BBQ and everyone loved them. I am low carb too and the flavors were awesome. Will definitely be making these again. My first time making burgers from scratch!! Thank you for a fantastic recipe!!

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  49. Just came over to browse your site and saw these lovely things. Mmmm I LOVE LOVE LOVE chicken burgers and WILL absolutely be making these! Also, one of my best friends is obsessed with your cookbook so I just bought it — any suggestions on what to make first (and also for an appearance on my blog)? Thanks!

    • Hi Monique!! Thanks for stopping by :) Thanks for getting my cookbook! You rock :)

      Oh I can’t even think of what to make first! But if I had to choose, I vote bacon cotija guacamole!!

  50. I made these tonight and they were delicious!! My husband claims that he hates any burger that does not involve beef, but he really liked these. Thank you for the great recipe! I just found your blog and so far, I am liking what I’m seeing! :) I will have to check out your book too.

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  61. Just made these and they were great. We’ll be making them again! We chose bacon as a topping instead of sour cream and chipotle salsa but I look forward to trying those toppings next time. Also substituted Monterey Jack cheese for cheddar cheese as that’s what we had. THANK YOU!

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  69. 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!

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  71. 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 :)

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  73. 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.

  74. 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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