Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers


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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

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Gaby Dalkin
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  • 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


  • In your slow cooker, combine the onion, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken thighs and make sure they are all evenly spread out and coated with the sauce ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  2. Helen Kennedy

    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.

  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Oh MAN! This looks great, Gaby. And I’m using my slow cooker right now for a chicken. ‘Tis the season.

  4. monika

    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!

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    omg, this is ridic. I totally want this for dinner – it looks AMAZING!! good gosh, i love that mile high guac stack!

  6. Leigh Ann

    These look so yummy! My husband will flip over this I will be making them soon!

  7. Elen Grey

    I need that. Right now. I wonder if the Crock-Pot Hook Up is available in Canada? I’m going to have to do some sleuthing.

  8. Natalie

    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!

  9. Cookin Canuck

    Whoa, does those ever look good! I need to make this a regular meal in our house.

  10. Paula – bell’alimento

    This looks so very yummy! I see a Crock-Pot night in my future! Thanks Gaby!

  11. rachel

    I love every single thing about these <3 Guac and shredded bbq chicken and cheese – YUM <3 i want these right now

  12. Kim Beaulieu

    I love this recipe. I use my crock pot all the time. I tend to make pork most often but I think I see Shredded Chicken in our future.

  13. HeatherChristo

    yes please!!! I gotta go haul my crock pot out of the basement for a sandwich like this!

  14. Dana

    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?

    • Gaby

      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!!

  15. esther

    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!!)

  16. Lexiconium

    Do you take the skin off of the chicken thighs before or after cooking?

    • Gaby

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

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  20. Annette

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

    • Gaby

      I’d use 3 chicken breasts for this recipe!!

    • Annette

      Thanks! It’s on the menu for the weekend! 🙂

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  26. Tracy

    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.

  27. Felicia

    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!

  28. Shelley

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

    • Gaby

      yes to boneless! I haven’t tested it oven or stove top so please let me know if you try it!

  29. Katie

    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?

    • Gaby

      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

  30. Jess K

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

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  32. Naomi

    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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