Lemon Parmesan Ground Chicken Burgers

These absolutely scrumptious Lemon Parmesan Ground Chicken Burgers are light and tangy with lean ground chicken, lemon and parmesan cheese. They’re perfect for your next barbecue or backyard party!

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I absolutely love burgers! We brave the cold all winter long to grill up some of my husband’s famous burgers. But it is good to switch things up sometimes and these lemon parmesan ground chicken burgers are the perfect solution.

I often find burgers with ground chicken can be a bit dry, but not these babies! Mayo is the trick!

The mayonnaise adds flavor and keeps the burgers juicy and moist at the same time. But the flavor explosion doesn’t end there. This ground chicken burger recipe also has a bright zippy taste from the combo of lemon and parmesan cheese. This is seriously the best chicken burger ever!

What Makes These Lemon Parmesan Ground Chicken Burgers So Great?

  • Delicious Flavor Combination: The blend of tangy lemon, savory parmesan, and juicy ground chicken creates an incredibly tasty and unique burger flavor.
  • Juicy Chicken Burgers: The addition of mayonnaise helps keep these chicken burgers moist and tender.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly: The recipe makes extra burgers that can be frozen for easy meals later on, saving time on busy weeknights.
  • Perfect for Grilling Season: With summer barbecues and backyard parties on the horizon, these chicken burgers are an excellent option to add variety to the grill alongside classic beef burgers.
  • Lean and Healthy: Using lean ground chicken makes this a relatively healthy burger option compared to traditional beef burgers.
Chicken Burger Recipe ingredients on a white wood table.

Ingredients for Ground Chicken Burgers

  • Lean Ground Chicken – Using lean ground chicken keeps these burgers healthier compared to traditional beef burgers.
  • Mayonnaise – The mayonnaise helps keep the chicken burgers moist and juicy, preventing them from drying out.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated parmesan cheese adds a savory, umami flavor to the burgers.
  • Garlic – Minced garlic enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Lemon Zest – The bright, citrusy lemon zest provides a nice contrast to the richness of the parmesan.
  • Lemon Juice – A touch of lemon juice brightens up the burgers.
  • Salt and Pepper – Kosher salt and black pepper are the classic seasoning duo to bring out the other flavors.

See the recipe card below for exact quantities.

Burger Toppings & Serving Ideas

For those friends who are followed a keto or low carb diet, the chicken burgers are perfect. Instead of a bun serve them in lettuce wraps or alongside a salad. They taste great with a little Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.

And don’t forget the toppings! Here are some of my favorite ground chicken burger toppings:

  • Bacon
  • Peameal or back bacon
  • Mayo
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onions
  • Sriracha or hot sauce
  • Avocado slices
A plate of grilled chicken burgers with a halved lemon and some burger buns.

how to make this Ground Chicken Burger Recipe

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Mix together JUST until combined.
A large glass bowl filled with ingredients for a grilled chicken burger recipe
Mixture of ground chicken, mayo, parmesan cheese and lemon for grilled chicken burgers
  1. Form into 8 balls and flatten. Push a small thumbprint divot into the center of each burger and grill 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 170F.
Ground chicken burgers raw on a grill.

Tips

Here are a few tips for making these juicy ground chicken burgers:

  • Don’t over mix! I always say my goal when making burgers or cookies is to mix as little as possible. Get in, get out… walk away. Over mixing tends to make burgers tough or hard and you definitely don’t want that.
  • Grease the grill. Add a little vegetable oil to a wad of paper towel and carefully and quickly use the BBQ brush to grease the grill.
  • Add a dimple in the center of each burger. This helps keep them from shrinking when cooking.
  • Use wax paper to separate the burger rounds so they don’t stick together and you can easily get them to the grill. This is also important when freezing.
  • If freezing place some wax paper on a cookie sheet and then add one layer of the burgers at a time. Then freeze. When totally frozen you can then transfer the frozen burger patties to a freezer container all together and they won’t stick. But they have to be frozen first.
  • When thawing the burgers make sure to use wax paper to separate any stacked burgers so they won’t stick together when thawing. You can also just throw them on the grill from a frozen state but they will take a few more minutes per side to cook so make sure to check the internal temp to make sure they are no longer pink.

Storage

With two young children, getting dinner on the table quickly is a must. When I make burgers I like to make lots, so this recipe makes 8 burgers.

Store: Cooked ground chicken burgers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freeze: If freezing uncooked, place some wax paper on a cookie sheet and then add one layer of the burgers at a time, then freeze. When totally frozen you can then transfer the frozen burger patties to a freezer safe container.

Thaw: Before thawing, place a piece of wax paper between each frozen chicken burger patty. You can also put them on the grill directly from frozen, just be sure to give them extra time to cook.

Ground Chicken Burger FAQs

Can I make these burgers in advance?

Yes, this recipe is great for making ahead of time. You can form the patties and freeze them raw on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-safe container once frozen. When ready to cook, you can grill the frozen patties, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time to ensure they are cooked through.

Are these burgers gluten-free?

The burger itself is naturally gluten-free, as it’s made without any wheat-based ingredients. To make this a completely gluten-free meal, you can opt for gluten-free burger buns or serve the patties in lettuce wraps instead.

Can I bake these burgers instead of grilling?

Yes, you can bake these chicken burgers in the oven if you don’t have access to a grill. Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake the patties for 15-18 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they reach an internal temperature of 170°F.

A plate showing a dressed chicken burger with a salad and in the background is a tray with burger patties and buns.

Serving Suggestions

Your barbecue of course needs some side dishes and desserts to go with the burgers with ground chicken, so here are some of my faves!

A close up of a chicken burger dressed with lettuce, bacon and mayo on a bun with more in the background

Lemon Parmesan Ground Chicken Burgers

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
An absolutely scrumptious chicken burger recipe that is light and tangy made with lean ground chicken, lemon and parmesan cheese. Perfect for your next barbecue or backyard party!
4.79 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Barbecue, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 449 kcal

Equipment

  • Barbecue
  • Large Bowl
  • Knife
  • Lemon Zester
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs lean ground chicken
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat BBQ grill to medium heat and grease lightly to prevent sticking. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix just until combined.
  • Form into 8 evenly sized balls and flatten into 1" patties. Press a dimple into the center of each burger patty.
  • Grill 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature is 170F and burgers are no longer pink in the center. Serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger pattyCalories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 2.1gProtein: 22.6gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 8.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10.9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 597mgPotassium: 623mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1.1mg

Notes

  • Don’t over mix! I always say my goal when making burgers or cookies is to mix as little as possible. Get in, get out… walk away. Over mixing tends to make burgers tough or hard and you definitely don’t want that.
  • Grease the grill. Add a little vegetable oil to a wad of paper towel and carefully and quickly use the BBQ brush to grease the grill.
  • Add a dimple in the center of each burger. This helps keep them from shrinking when cooking.
  • Use wax paper to separate the burger rounds so they don’t stick together and you can easily get them to the grill. This is also important when freezing.
  • If freezing place some wax paper on a cookie sheet and then add one layer of the burgers at a time. Then freeze. When totally frozen you can then transfer the frozen burger patties to a freezer container all together and they won’t stick. But they have to be frozen first.
  • When thawing the burgers make sure to use wax paper to separate any stacked burgers so they won’t stick together when thawing. You can also just throw them on the grill from a frozen state but they will take a few more minutes per side to cook so make sure to check the internal temp to make sure they are no longer pink.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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13 Comments

    1. Most of my recipes make a little extra. I love having leftovers for a quick lunch the next day. The way I see it with things that freeze well like burgers having extra is a good thing.

    1. I haven’t had this issue and find them rather sticky. But I do find with homemade burgers in general that there is less tearing or sticking to the grill if you let them cook a little more before flipping. You want to test the corner and when there is a crust formed they will flip right over without issue.

  1. 5 stars
    Wow these burgers were delicious! I added a Tbsp of capers and 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers. Great flavor!

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