This year, I decided to make these delicious Green Chili Chicken Burgers for our annual Memorial Day BBQ. These chicken burgers are so good that I am going to add it to my permanent recipe rotation.
I realize most people take the easy route and either use frozen burger patties (yuck) or buy pre-made fresh patties from their local grocery store. I am here to tell you that it's super to make your own gourmet burger patties and they will taste 100% better than anything you will buy from the frozen section.
The trick to a great juicy burger is to not overmix the meat with the other ingredients. You want to mix by hand until just combined. If you overmix your burger patties will be dry and dense. Just mix everything together like you would a meatball (that's if you've made meatballs before).
Unlike cooking beef burgers which can be cooked rare, medium or well done, these burgers need to reach an internal temperature of 160°F to be considered safe to eat. If you don't have one already you really need to invest in a food thermometer. You can find good ones for under $20 on Amazon.
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn. Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🌡️ How Hot are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Spiciness Rating|
|Bell Pepper||0 on the Scoville Scale|
|Banana Pepper||0-500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Poblano Pepper||1000-1500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Jalapeño Pepper||2500-8000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Habanero Pepper||100,000-300,000 on the Scoville Scale|
💭 Ingredient Substitution
For some weird reason, ground chicken is not as easy to find as you would think. If you are having a hard time finding ground chicken, you can substitute for some Ground Turkey with minimal effect on the overall flavor profile of these chicken burgers. If you want to take the heat down a notch you can substitute the jalapeño pepper for a green bell pepper.
I've included some of the usual toppings you would put on a burger but feel free to garnish with whatever you want. Since these chicken burgers will have a bit of kick to them, you may want to add some mayo or sour cream to offset the heat.
💭 Air Fryer Method
I love making my burgers on the grill. When the weather doesn't cooperate, I usually fry the patties up on a skillet or sometimes bake them in the oven. Did you know that can also cook the patties in your Air Fryer? Simply spray a little cooking spray or brush some olive oil on both sides of the patties and cook for about 5 minutes on each side at 350°F. Make sure the Internal temperature is 160°F.
If you haven't already, make sure you check out the recipe I published on how to make Homemade Sesame Hamburger Buns. There's nothing like a fresh homemade bun to go with your burger.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make these Green Chili Chicken Burgers: Ground Chicken, Green Chilies, Green Onions, Jalapeño, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Garlic Powder, Kosher Salt, Pepper Jack Cheese, Buns, Sliced Tomatoes, Fresh Cilantro, Sour Cream, Sliced Avocado and Salsa.
🥣 How to make Green Chili Chicken Burgers
In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, green chilies, green onion, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Do not over mix! Divide and shape into 4 patties.
Preheat the grill to medium. Cook the patties 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. The Internal temperature should be 160°F. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with the pepper jack cheese and let them melt.
If desired, toast the buns on the grill. Garnish with your favorite toppings.
Green Chili Chicken Burgers
- 1 lb Ground Chicken
- 4 oz Green Chilies, diced
- 2 Green Onions, finely chopped
- 1 Jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 4 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
- 4 Buns
- Sliced Tomatoes
- Leaf Lettuce
- Fresh Cilantro
- Sour Cream
- Sliced Avocado
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, green chilies, green onion, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Do not over mix! Divide and shape into 4 patties.
- Preheat the grill to medium. Cook the patties 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. The Internal temperature should be 160°F. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with the pepper jack cheese and let melt.
- If desired, toast the buns on the grill. Garnish with your favorite toppings.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.