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Chicken Burgers


In this recipe, submitted by reader Deurie Barker of Sanford, North Carolina, dark-meat chicken makes the patties as savory and juicy as beef burgers. Saute the vegetables until they're fully tender for the best flavor and texture.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground dark-meat chicken
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl; cool to room temperature (reserve skillet).

  2. Add chicken to vegetable mixture in bowl; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix to combine. Shape mixture into four 4-inch-wide patties.

  3. In reserved skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium; cook patties until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Place chicken burgers on buns, and top with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.

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  • AndreaMarieDwyer
    6 JUN, 2014
    This was delicious! I sauteed a whole (small) orange bell pepper, one small onion, and the celery, along with a large clove of minced garlic, then mixed with ground chicken (I don't know if it was just dark meat - it's what I found at the store - but it was NOT breast meat). Made 2 adult size burgers and 2 kiddie burgers. Served on fresh hamburger buns with garden lettuce and thick slices of heirloom tomato plus mayo, with succotash salad (Bobby Flay recipe) with feta. Might try garlic mayo.
  • Eat Only If Its Oh So Good
    5 JUL, 2013
    Oh So worth eating! I put 4 de-boned chicken thighs with skin on along with all the other ingredients and placed in a food processor and ground up. I added fresh recau/cilantro, fresh parsley, and a squeeze of fresh lime and mixed. I placed the patties on a greased cast iron frying pan and broiled in the oven. I ate atop a bed of delicious fresh greens with corn on the cob. This recipe is a keeper. It will be one that is passed down to my own kids.
  • huy phuong
    23 MAY, 2013
    yummy ! i want to teate it. yeah . Vietnam travel
  • MS12157780
    3 JAN, 2011
    I did not like ithis one, but just me.
  • junipermama
    11 DEC, 2009
    yummy...great meal for kids...i added roasted spaghetti squash to the mix cause i had it around and it was a lovely addition.
  • annlenhen
    12 JUN, 2008
    Delicious and nutrious that is hard to find. I have already fixed it multiple times. When I'm hunger for a hamburger I fix this instead. Didn't use dark meat bought any ground chicken or turkey.
  • ns0604
    27 MAY, 2008
    Love these burgers. The peppers are a key ingredient to making these juicy. Just a few modifications...I did not specifically buy "dark meat". I purchased regular ground chicken. I used a combo of red and yellow peppers just for color, added a couple dashes of liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. Fabulous!