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Ground Chicken Burgers with Bacon

May 24, 2020 by Chris Collins

These Ground Chicken Burgers are loaded with bacon, then served with cheese and avocado. They’re easy to make and outrageously delicious!!

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Chicken Bacon Burgers

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a chicken burger without bacon. Chicken and Bacon – the classic combo right? I see no reason why we must break up this marriage, do you?! Okay good.

Look I’ll level with you here. Chicken burgers (as in the actual chicken patty) can often be a little lacklustre. So it kinda got me thinking – what if we were to put the bacon IN the burger? Keep that classic chicken bacon combo and spruce up the chicken patty whilst we’re there.

Spoiler alert – it works.

By frying off the bacon, finely dicing it and putting it in the patty, not only do you add an insane amount of flavour, but you also get the bonus of using the leftover bacon fat to fry the burgers. Win win!

Top Tip – Fry the bacon on low/medium to really render down as much fat as possible, leaving the bacon extra crispy and a nice amount of fat left in the pan for frying.

How to make crispy bacon - 4 step by step photos

Ground Chicken Burgers

Alrighty, let’s talk chicken. More specifically ground chicken (aka chicken mince).

Chicken mince is always tricky to find in the UK. If you can’t find it in the store I recommend going to the Butchers, they’ll happily grind up some for you. Alternatively you can place boneless skinless chicken thighs in a food processor and blitz until a ground texture. I’ve done this plenty of times before and works just fine!

Panko Breadcrumbs

Contrary to popular belief, to a certain extent breadcrumbs actually make the patties more juicy and less dry. Breadcrumbs help retain moisture. Panko are great because they are big and airy, meaning they cling on to more moisture than the average breadcrumb. You’ll find them in the Asian section of most stores. If you don’t have any, regular dry breadcrumbs work just fine!

Cheese

Where there’s burger there’s cheese. Hey, I don’t make the rules 🤷‍♂️ Here I use a nice sharp Cheddar, but Swiss also works great in this recipe.

To make the burgers: Simply mix together the ingredients for the patties, divide mixture into 4 and form patties, fry in the bacon fat. Flip, add cheese and fry until piping hot through the centre.

How to make ground chicken burgers - 6 step by step photos

Chicken Burger Toppings

I wanted to keep the toppings fairly tame (I mean, tame for me anyway), just to let the burger itself shine through. Here’s a couple stars of the show I highly recommend though:

Mayonnaise

Like – has anyone ever had a chicken sandwich without mayo!? Here I actually use Sweet Chilli Mayo, which goes perfectly! If you wanna go wild though you could use BBQ Mayo or Sriracha Mayo too.

Avocado

Chicken avocado burgers are beyond delicious. Highly recommend a few slices thrown in!

Toasted Buns

Just a preference, but I find it offers a better texture when it’s a soft burger patty to toast the bun. I usually toast them on a smoking hot (dry) griddle pan, put on the BBQ or until the grill works perfectly too.

How to make chicken burgers - 6 step by step photos

What to serve with chicken burgers?

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this ground chicken burger shall we?!

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How to make Ground Chicken Burgers (Full Recipe & Video)

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Ground Chicken Burgers with Bacon

These Ground Chicken Burgers are loaded with bacon, then served with cheese and avocado. They're easy to make and outrageously delicious!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 burgers
Calories: 443kcal
Cost per serving: £3 / $4

Equipment:

  • Large Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula/Turner

Ingredients (check list):

Burger

  • 1lb / 500g Ground Chicken (see notes)
  • 5.3oz / 150g Bacon
  • 3/4 cup / 45g Panko Breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup / 40g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 2 large Spring/Green Onions, finely diced
  • 1 clove of Garlic, minced/grated
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 tsp EACH: Salt, Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil, as needed

To Serve

  • 4 Burger Buns, halved & toasted
  • 4 slices of Cheese (Cheddar or Swiss work great)
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Chilli Mayo (see notes for subs)
  • 1/2 whole Lettuce, shredded
  • 2 small/medium Avocados, sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced (4 slices per burger)

Instructions:

  • Add your bacon slices to a pan over low medium heat and slowly fry until the fat has fully rendered down and the bacon is nice and crispy. Remove from pan, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Dice up the bacon into tiny pieces, then add to a large mixing bowl with your chicken. Add in 3/4cup/45g Panko, 1/2cup/40g parmesan, 2 finely diced spring onions, 1/4cup finely diced fresh parsley, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 egg and 1/4 tsp salt and pepper.
  • Mix with your hands (best way to ensure ingredients disperse properly) then divide the mixture into 4. Mould into burger patties, then add to the pan of bacon fat (adding more oil if necessary) and fry over medium heat until nicely browned.
  • Flip, add cheese and continue frying until browned on the other side, piping hot through the centre with the cheese nicely melted. If you have a lid to your pan you can pop this on to help melt the cheese.
  • Stack in the following order: Bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, avocado, burger, tomatoes, top bun. Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Ground Chicken - Chicken mince is notoriously difficult to find in the UK. If you can't find it at the store I recommend either going to a butcher, or for less faff, grab some boneless skinless chicken thighs and pulse them in a food processor until a mince like texture forms. I recommend stopping a few times and scraping the sides to catch any lumps. Not the most glamorous alternative but it work absolutely fine!
b) Panko - Panko breadcrumbs are great because they're big and airy, meaning they cling on to a good amount of moisture as the burgers cook. You can use regular dry breadcrumbs, 3/4cup cup is more like 100g. I recommend starting off with half cup and increasing if the meat is too wet. I've made these plenty of times and have never needed more than 1 cup of any breadcrumbs to form the patties, so just keep that in mind.
c) Mayo - Sweet Chilli Mayo goes great with these, but feel free to just use regular mayo if that's what you have. Alternatively you could use BBQ Mayo or Sriracha Mayo if you fancy a switch up!
d) To serve - Perfect as they are, but even better with Sweet Potato Fries, Potato Wedges, Onion Rings or French Fries.
e) Calories - just for the patties, 1 tsp olive oil for frying.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Ground Chicken Burgers with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 283
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.45g48%
Saturated Fat 10.395g52%
Trans Fat 0.236g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.792g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.567g
Cholesterol 288mg96%
Sodium 759mg32%
Potassium 797mg23%
Carbohydrates 8.1g3%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 1.36g2%
Protein 31.45g63%
Vitamin A 694IU14%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 2.56mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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