Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers

Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers. My go-to foolproof weeknight meal!

Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers from (@whatsgabycookin)

I know it’s not technically slow cooker season, but whatever. These Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers work for any time of the year in my book. And slow cooker recipes are one of the top requests here on WGC so I’m breaking it out today for this recipe!

These Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers are looking pretty delicious from where I sit. I make this at least a few times a month! Mostly because it’s delicious, but also because Thomas always has something to take for lunch if this is in the fridge. It’s also easy to throw a spoonful of this on a brioche burger bun, slather on some guacamole and some shredded cheese and call it dinner. Or use the chicken portion of this recipe and slap it into a grilled cheese. Or stuff it into some enchiladas. You can’t go wrong. I speak from experience. You could have a beer alongside of it too, but I’d rather skip the beer and go for seconds on the shredded bbq chicken. Why drink my calories when I can eat them!

Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers

Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers


  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 1 recipe Guacamole
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese


  1. In your slow cooker, combine the onion, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the chicken thighs and make sure they are all evenly spread out and coated with the sauce ingredients.
  3. Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn to high heat for the Shredded BBQ Chicken to be done in 4-5 hours, and low for Shredded BBQ Chicken to be done in 7-8 hours.
  4. Once the timer is up, remove the lid and using 2 forks, shred the chicken while still in the crock pot. Turn the crock pot to warm and serve the Shredded BBQ Chicken on top of burger buns with a heaping spoonful of guacamole and shredded colby jack cheese.


Alternatively - you could do this in the instant pot! Same directions but high pressure for 20 minutes. Leave it alone for 10 minutes and then release pressure and shred with forks as needed.

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! We love the Easy Mexican Shredded Chicken recipe and this sounds as if it’s a delicious variant. Also, as a relatively new Crockpot user, I’m always grateful for new recipes to make with it.

  2. Why don’t I do something like this more often? These burgers looks absolutely perfect! Thanks for the okay to just leave the crock pot on the counter!

  3. I showed this to my hubby for a dinner option for “Fun Food Friday”. His response: “I love you”. So I’d say that’s a yes!

  4. Hi Gaby! Reading this at 9 am and drooling! I don’t have a slow cooker (no plans and no room). Howe would you suggest converting this to either a stovetop or oven?

    1. Hi Dana! You could do this in a large heavy bottom pot – and do it over the stove top. Just keep it on low and slow!!

  5. good lord, that looks delicious!! would the spices work well with a pork roast? i’m going to attempt making shredded pork for the first time, and have been hunting for a fantastic recipe (which this definitely looks like!!)

    1. I buy boneless skinless thighs!! I should have clarifies – sorry! So take the skin off before cooking 🙂

  6. Love my crockpot and delighted to find this recipe! We prefer chicken breasts. Use half the # of thighs? Any other recipe modifications needed?

  7. Just made this tonight. It was so delicious! My husband and I loved the guac on top of the chicken. So darn tasty. Just an FYI: I used 10 chicken thighs and set the crock pot on high for 6hrs. It was done in 4hrs.

  8. Made these last night and OMG they were so good and a huge hit with everyone. Can’t believe how easy it was to make. Thx, Gaby!

  9. This looks yummy! Did you use boneless thighs? Also, how can I adapt this recipe to oven or stove top?

  10. I made this tonight, was absolutely delicious. I made it in my pressure cooker and the sauce cake out really thin. Any tips for keeping that from happening?

    1. that happens in the pressure cooker because it doesn’t thicken up and evaporate! If you can simmer for a few minutes at the end with the lid open, that will absolutely help

  11. Can’t beat a good slow cooker recipe and this looks incredible! Can’t wait to try for my fam. Pinned!

  12. Would make a good sub when you can’t have pork. Honest to goodness, though, my eyes hurt from trying to read the font on this page. Am I the only one with this problem? It looks all washed out.

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