Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole


Total Time:

20 minutes



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

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.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 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.

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  4. Angela

    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!

  5. Teresa

    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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  7. Faith

    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.

  8. Melanie

    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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  28. Cheri Hamilton

    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?

    • Sue

      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.

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

  29. Heather @Boston Girl Bakes

    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

  30. RossC

    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)

    • Gaby

      I’ll find a way to put guacamole on ANYTHING 🙂 Glad you enjoy it too!!

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    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

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    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?

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