Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

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I’m obsessed with these Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken Burgers. I mean how could I not be? They are decked out with sour cream, GUACAMOLE and salsa. Shouldn’t all burgers be decked out like this? I think so.

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers from (@whatsgabycookin)

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 easy to change the game with a few fun toppings. This juicy chicken burger is not only stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and jalapeños, it’s enhanced even more with the addition of a spoonful of guacamole and a dollop of sour cream and some pico de gallo.

You could easily make this with ground turkey or ground beef. Either way the flavors from the jalapeño, cheddar, cilantro and guacamole makes these burgers incredible.


Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

5 from 8 votes
If you're stuck in a burger rut this juicy chicken burger is the answer. It's not only stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and jalapeños, but it’s enhanced even more with the addition of guac, sour cream, and some pico. It's incredible.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 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


  • 4 burger buns toasted
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • sliced red onions
  • 1 cup Guacamole


  • Prepare an indoor or outdoor grill over medium heat.
  • Transfer the ground chicken to a medium bowl. 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.
  • Form the mixture into four 1/2″-thick patties. Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked through, 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Serve each patty in a burger bun topped with guacamole and sour cream and any additional toppings needed.


No grill? Feel free to cook in a sautepan on the stove.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 1318mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 4mg



  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!

  5. You are torturing me….such a yummy recipe…! My big issue is a good bun. I buy from Rudi’s Bakery as they make they best bun I have found in my neighborhood! What is the key to holding them together? Is it the bread crumbs or use an egg?

    1. Hi Gaby…want to try this this weekend. In response to Cheri you said the key to holding them together is the bread crumbs and the egg…but I don’t see that in the recipe. Am I missing something? Thanks! Can’t wait to try them.

    2. nope! no bread crumbs and no egg! that comment was supposed to be on another thread! someone there was a little glitch

  6. Oh man, I will be grilling these up this week- it has everything my boyfriend and love! I also included the link to this recipe in my Sunday Meal Plan post

  7. This is a winner… Chicken burgers are something I’ve only recently started to make at home..

    I spend a lot of time looking through your blog.. I must say that I get a big kick at how frequently you have guacamole in your recipes.. I love it… Keep bringing the guac… :O)

  8. Huge fan. We should have a backyard cookout where you make the burgers and I make the brownies. Weeee

  9. This is a winner! My son in law said “Oooooh Yeah!!! You can make it every week!
    I altered the recipe just a little. I didn’t have jalapeño so I substituted 2 tablespoons of Salsa Verde and instead of cheddar cheese I used pepper jack. Also, replaced sour cream with plain Greek yoghurt and I used minced turkey instead of chicken

  10. This looks great! I’m thinking about making it tonight but it’s too cold to grill. Will it turn out the same if I cook the patties on the stove?

  11. These are amazing! I make it using ground turkey and they are fantastic! Thanks for the recipe, Gaby!

  12. Made the chicken and guacamole burgers tonight went down a treat. Used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream

  13. Hi Gaby! Made these last night and loved them!! This is going in the regular rotation for sure. I’m always looking for lean sources of protein – could I make these ahead of time? If so, how far in advance? Could I freeze the patties, and if so, would you freeze them raw or cooked?

  14. Made these tonight and my 10 and 6 year old sons rated a 10!!!!! They ask for 3rd’s! I served with potato wedges. Thanks Gaby!

  15. 5 stars
    These burgers are amazing! So delicious and fresh tasting! Made it with the Parmesan roasted potatoes. Everybody loved them. Thanks Gaby!!!

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and my family flipped over them! I keep this in my tried and true recipe file, It’s a real winner!

  17. 5 stars
    Never been a fan of burgers made with something other than beef, but this blend is the bomb. Definitely a keeper recipe in my rotation. I did use a little variation, I had ground turkey and I used a chipotle pepper instead of the fresh jalapeno because I always have these stashed in the freezer. It’s a real juicy burger and I didn’t miss the fact it’s not beef.

  18. 5 stars
    made these tonight. the store was out of jalapenos, so I substituted a poblano pepper. It was delicious! Definitely on the repeat list!

  19. 5 stars
    Just made these for dinner tonight and they were amazing! We don’t have a grill so we made them on the skillet, followed the cooking instructions to a T and they’re perfect. Can’t wait to make them again! Also, super easy preparation!

  20. 5 stars
    Made these tonight for the fam and everyone loved them! Definitely a keeper. Didn’t have pico but added sliced tomatoes and it rocked. Super easy to throw together!

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