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

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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  1. Rosie Rose

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

  2. Helen

    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?

  3. Mandi Clark

    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!

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  5. Melissa Kennedy

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

  6. Laura Perry

    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!

  7. Barbara

    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.

  8. julie smith

    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!

  9. Kaitlin

    5 stars
    A great burger. Wasn’t dry at all. Great flavors. Everyone, 11 month old included, loved it!