Chicken burger

Chicken burger

45 min
Burgers are a delicious, American classic and our simple chicken burger recipe is no exception. Perfect for dinner and lunch alike, it is layered with juicy patties, mild cheese, crispy bacon, sweet and tangy ketchup, as well as a selection of fresh vegetables like lettuce, tomato, and red onion. In addition, we have chosen to serve it with vegetable sticks for even more crispness.


  • Preheat oven to 225°C (regular oven).
  • Cut chicken fillets in half so they resemble flat burger patties. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Fry them for about 5 minutes in a pan with olive oil at medium heat or barbeque them on a grill.
  • Fry or grill bacon strips as well and transfer them to some absorbent paper.
  • Warm ciabatta buns in the oven and cut them in half.
  • Place chicken patties, bacon strips, and cheese on the buns’ bottom halves and broil them in the upper part of the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts. Meanwhile, spread ketchup on the rest of the bun halves.
  • When the cheese has melted, assemble the burgers with tomatoes, onions, and iceberg leaves.
  • Serve the chicken burgers with vegetable sticks while the cheese is still warm.

If you are unsure about cooking chicken, you can use a meat thermometer to ensure that it is neither over- nor undercooked. Insert the thermometer into the patty where it is thickest to measure its internal temperature most accurately. When the meat is fully cooked, it should read 75°C. If you do not have a meat thermometer, you can poke the chicken burger patties to see whether the juices run red or clear. If the juices are red or pinkish, it needs to be cooked for longer, but if they are clear in colour, it means they are done. However, since you are going to broil the assembled burgers without the top bun for 5 minutes in the oven to ensure the cheese melts, aiming for somewhere around 70°C will ensure that the chicken burger patties are not overcooked but retain their moisture.

Questions about chicken burger

Once you have tried our easy chicken burger recipe, it may just become a staple dinner recipe for you. Below you can learn more about the dish by reading our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about it.

How to make a chicken burger?
The ultimate chicken burger is easy to make. Start by turning chicken fillets into burger patties and seasoning them. While you warm up the ciabatta buns, fry the patties as well as the bacon. Place both on top of the warm buns with cheese and broil them in the oven until the cheese melts. Top it with crispy, fresh vegetables and a bit of ketchup. Enjoy immediately when the vegetables are crispy and the patty, cheese, and buns are warm.
How to make chicken burger patties?
Making your own burger patties at home is incredibly easy. Simply cut chicken fillets in half to make flatter patties that will make the burgers easier to eat. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper before grilling them to perfection until the juices run clear or the internal temperature is 75°C.
What to put on a chicken burger?
Quick and easy chicken burger recipes may differ concerning which sauces or dressing are used as well as which vegetables are added to provide freshness. Classic ideas for toppings include pairing ketchup, bacon, and cheese with a veggie selection consisting of juicy tomatoes, crispy iceberg, and bold red onion.
How long to cook a chicken burger?
It takes about 45 minutes to make these burgers if you follow our simple recipe. This time includes preparing all of the burger ingredients, frying the patties and bacon, and broiling the bottom half of the burger buns to ensure a gooey layer of melted cheese. The chicken burger patties need only about 5 minutes on a pan and 5 minutes in the oven with cheese and bacon on top, making it equally quick to make your very own patties.


Chicken fillets (approx. 500 g)
Coarse salt
1 tsp
Freshly churned pepper
Mild paprika or ground sweet chilli
1 tsp
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Bacon strips (approx. 125 g)
Ciabatta rolls
Cheese slices, 13%
Tomato ketchup
4 tbsp
Sliced tomatoes (approx. 100 g)
Red onion in rings (approx. 75 g)
Iceberg lettuce leaves (approx. 75 g)
Vegetables sticks, for instance, carrots and cucumbers
400 g

Juicy chicken burger with cheese

A homemade chicken fillet burger is a popular choice among many. The combination of tender chicken patties, melted cheese, and crunchy fillings in a crispy ciabatta bun makes for a tasty chicken burger with lots of different flavours and textures. It appeals to many different types of people, and it is incredibly family-friendly.

If you make burgers a lot and you would like to make the buns yourself, we think you should have a look at our brioche bun recipe. These beautifully light and slightly sweet buns are perfect for a hamburger, a slider, and as a burger bun for this delicious recipe.

Paprika-grilled chicken patties

Compared to other types of meat, chicken has quite a mild flavour because it is so lean. As such, we recommend seasoning it with different spices in addition to salt and pepper. Beautiful, red paprika gives the chicken burger patties a little touch of heat in addition to a subtly sweet and smoky flavour that is barbeque reminiscent.

Grilling the perfect chicken fillet burger

A grilled chicken burger needs the perfect piece of chicken. By turning chicken fillets into flatter burger patties, your burgers become easier to eat. It also makes grilling them incredibly easy. If you cook them on a grill or grill pan, you are sure to get a beautifully cooked outside with tell-tale grill marks in combination with a juicy, tender interior.

As a finishing touch that will take this burger experience to the next level, broil the assembled burgers without the top burger bun for a few minutes in the oven to ensure the cheese melts.

Stack with fresh and crisp vegetables

No chicken burger recipe is complete without a selection of delicious vegetables. Iceberg leaves, tomatoes, and red onions are classic chicken burger ingredients.

The lettuce brings a lovely freshness to the rich burger and adds a lovely crispy texture as well. So do the rings of red onion with their sharp taste, which complements the tangy sweetness of the ketchup and fresh tomatoes as well as the deliciously salty bacon.

While you may of course explore other chicken burger topping ideas, you cannot go wrong with these traditional selections.

Experiment with a chicken burger sauce

A moist, well-seasoned chicken patty tastes great with a broad range of sauces and dressings. This gives you a lot of choices when trying to decide on the perfect sauce. 

If you enjoy the subtle smokiness of the paprika, why not lean into some classic, smoky flavours and use a tangy BBQ sauce to make the ultimate BBQ chicken burger?

If you think that the burgers have enough smoky flavours, you can take the overall flavour profile in a slightly different direction and go for a chicken burger dressing like a sweet and slightly sharp honey mustard dressing or a daring blue cheese dressing that is both tangy and creamy. The fresh and flavour-packed curry and mango dressing from our club sandwich recipe will also be a great addition to these chicken burgers.

If you like the classic combination of ketchup and mayo in your burgers, try making our homemade mayonnaise recipe and flavour it with deliciously spicy options like smoke-dried chipotle or sriracha sauce. Both chilli types work well with the paprika-seasoned chicken burger patties as well as the sweet and tangy ketchup.