These healthy chicken patties are a delicious ground chicken recipe. Top with spicy mayo and serve with lettuce wraps, steamed vegetables or a big salad. This easy ground chicken burger is so juicy and delicious, even your pickiest family members will love them!
These tasty chicken patties are Whole30, gluten free, dairy free, keto, low carb. A meal prep dream! They are super simple to make and so flavorful. Soft and juicy on the inside, they cook up nice and crispy. Trust me, this will be your new favorite ground chicken recipe!
This ground chicken recipe has surpassed my love of ground meat burgers (I know, hard to believe!). They come together in just minutes and are really versatile. You can spice them up or just enjoy them with fresh herbs. Keep them really light and serve with vegetables, or tucked inside your favorite buns!
You may have the ingredients in your fridge and pantry to get these patties cooked up right now! Soft and juicy, these burgers cook up fast, and every bite is just delicious!
If you are cutting out ground meat from your diet, ground chicken is a healthier version of a burger craving. I can personally attest that my kids just love these patties! But honestly, I make them just for me! I really do!! Every week, there is a batch sitting in my fridge ready for the week. All I do is change up what I'm serving them with to keep it fun!
These are seriously the best homemade chicken patties.
You’ll love them as much as we do! I promise! You’ll be making this part of your meal prep every week.
- Fast and easy: truly no-fuss, these patties come together in no time.
- A really delicious ground chicken recipe.
- Break out your grill pan: if you haven’t used your grill pan in a while, use it to make these patties!
- They cook up quickly with the grill pan (or a cast iron skillet, or fry pan).
- So versatile: spice these up or keep them mild. Either way, you could make these just the way you love them.
- Whole30 friendly (Paleo+Keto): if you happen to be doing a Whole30 challenge, add this recipe to your collection.
- Perfect for meal prep: Whether you’re in a Whole30 challenge or not, these patties are what you need to have ready in the fridge. Perfect for a quick and healthy lunch!
What ingredients are in healthy chicken patties?
Homemade chicken patties are really easy to make. Here are the ingredients you need to make them:
For the patties:
- ground chicken
- green onions
- fresh parsley
- coconut aminos, optional, but adds a lovely flavor
- coconut flour
- garlic powder (or onion powder, or a combo of both)
- mild paprika (or hot paprika, if you like the heat!)
- sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil, or another mild flavored oil, to cook)
For the spicy aioli:
- mayonnaise (use avocado oil mayo to stay healthier)
- hot sauce (make sure it's Whole30 + Paleo friendly)
How to Make Chicken Patties?
These patties are really easy to put together. Get all your ingredients together.
Step 1: First step is to add the chicken to a large bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients.
Step 2: Mix it all together. You could use a large spoon or your hands.
Step 3: Wet your hands a little and form the mixture into the patties.Separate into 5 large burgers or 6-7 smaller burgers. If you find the mixture is too sticky to work into a patty, you could sprinkle a little coconut flour on the plate and have a little in a small plate to grab a bit more (not a lot of flour, just a little to help form the patties without overworking them).
Step 4: Either on a hot grill pan or a saute' pan (or even in the oven), cook up the patties. I usually use my grill pan, but this time grabbed my favorite saute' pan. Add some extra-virgin olive oil to the pan on medium-high heat. Once the oil has heated up, lower to medium heat. Add the patties (be sure not to crowd them).
Step 5: Cook chicken patties until they're nicely browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side. Just keep an eye on them, because you don't want them to brown too much on one side. So lower heat a little if they're browning too quickly.
Step 6: Once they're cooked, prep your spicy aioli (you could also make a mild sauce of ketchup and mayo. Use a no-sugar ketchup if you're following Whole30 paleo).
Step 7: Serve with a big salad, in lettuce cups, your favorite veggies. Or in buns (if you're not no carb).
Tips and Tricks
Here are some suggestions to make the best chicken patties:
- Look for ground chicken that is 90-93% lean. The 99% lean may be too lean and too dry, but use it it’s what you have on hand.
- Make your own ground chicken by cutting your chicken breasts into small pieces and pulsing in the food processor.
- Take care to not over-mix the ground chicken mixture.
- Use wet hands to help shape them.
- I like to use a little sprinkle of coconut flour to coat. If you use just your wet hands to form the patties, it can get very sticky.
- Easily adapt the flavoring with some fresh herbs (if you happen to have an herb garden, great way to use some up).
- Use whatever spices or other flavorings (smoked paprika or spicy paprika, garlic or onion powder, or a combo of the two).
- If you have a grill pan, use it to make the patties. I usually use mine, but today made it in my skillet. A cast iron skillet also works great.
- If you do use a grill pan, be sure to brush the burgers with some olive oil (or whichever oil you like) and they won’t stick to the pan.
- When using the grill pan, to get the grill marks, leave them on one side for a full 4-5 minutes before flipping.
- Most important tip is to make sure the center of your burger reaches 165˚ F. You’re cooking ground chicken and not ground meat, so it can’t be cooked to medium or medium rare.
- A great way to tell when they’re ready is when you touch the center and it’s firm to the touch (it's VERY hot, so take care), but safest way is with a meat thermometer. And another way to tell if it's ready (if you don't have a meat thermometer) if you cut open the center of burger a little, and it’s pink, it needs more time.
Can I use ground turkey instead of the ground chicken?
Yes, it is totally fine to switch to ground turkey. It absolutely delicious with either turkey or chicken.
Can You Bake Chicken Burgers?
Yes! On a parchment lined baking sheet, bake at 400˚ F for 20 minutes (or until the patties have an internal temperature of 165F). You could also air fry them (I will have to test it out to give more details, but I know friends that have air fried them and love the results
How to make a spicy mayonnaise sauce
It’s a super simple and versatile sauce. Here’s all you need:
Mayonnaise-Be sure to stick with an avocado oil mayo for Whole30 (and Paleo).
Hot sauce-Be sure to get a sugar-free hot sauce (if you’re not on a Whole30 challenge, use whatever is your favorite hot sauce).
Add the hot sauce to the mayo. Adjust to your spice liking (make it more spicy, if you can handle the heat!).
What is the internal cooking temperature of chicken burgers
With a meat thermometer check the patties and the internal temperature needs to be at least 165° F. That’s when you’ll know they’re safely cooked and ready to enjoy.
What to serve with chicken patties
- Lettuce cups are great to stay Whole30 (and very low carb).
- Or place the burgers on top of a nice big salad.
- Steamed cauliflower rice or riced broccoli, steamed broccoli, spinach, or any green vegetable also a nice side.
- IF you’re not following Whole30 (low-carb), enjoy them with your favorite buns. There are even lovely gluten-free buns.
How to store chicken burgers
Once you let the patties totally cool down, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can chicken burger leftovers be frozen?
Yes, they can be. Simply let them cool down completely when cooked. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a zipped lock freezer bag or airtight freezer storage container.
How to re-heat chicken patties
My preferred method is to place them in a skillet on a low heat. Heat both sides up for a few minutes (or use your microwave …I don’t own one, so it’s always heated up in my skillet).
You may surprise yourself and try it cold, like I did one day, and trust me…it’s even delicious cold!
Some other healthy recipes to try:
- Immune Boosting Turmeric Chicken Soup
- Vegan Chickpea Patties
- Whole30 Orange Chicken Meatballs
- Whole30 Broccoli Salad
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Healthy Chicken Patties
- 1 large saute pan
- 1 grill pan
- For the chicken patties:
- 1 lb ground chicken or ground turkey
- 1 bunch scallions sliced thin, plus some slices to garnish
- 1 large egg
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour optional- acts as a binder
- 1 tsp garlic powder or chopped fresh garlic, use a little more if you like garlic flavor…I used both
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika or hot (if you like the heat)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3-4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil or another mild flavored oil, for the pan
- For the spicy aioli:
- ½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon hot sauce Whole30 + Paleo friendly
- additional toppings:
- limes to garnish
- scallions to garnish
- pickled cucumbers
- pickled or sliced red onion I had some of my mom's homemade pickled onions
- sliced jalapeños or use sweet peppers
- sliced tomatoes
- lettuce for wrapping
- buns low-carb or keto buns for paleo/keto...regular buns if you're not low-carb
- Heat the pan: Place a saute' pan (or grill pan) over medium-high heat. Add some extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil).
- While the pan heats up, prep the patties. Keep an eye on the pan, and lower heat if it's heating up too quickly. But it only takes a few minutes to prep the burgers, which is enough time for the pan to heat up.
- Prep the patties: In a medium bowl, add the ground chicken, scallion slices, egg, coconut aminos, coconut flour (optional, but it helps it bind together), garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Use a large spoon to mix it all together (you could also use your clean hands to combine it all together).
- Sprinkle a little bit of coconut flour on a plate (have a little bit extra in a small bowl next to the plate). Wet your hands slightly and form the meat mixture into patties (form 6-7 smaller patties or 4-5 larger patties). Place the burgers on the flour and gently pat some on both sides. Use the coconut flour to help you form the patties, taking care not to use too much of the flour. Just a sprinkle on both sides helps form the patties.
- If you lowered the stove top heat, raise the heat of the pan back to medium/medium-high(if it cooled down too much as you prepped the burgers, if it’s still nice and hot, leave it. Mine smokes way too much if I leave it on the higher heat). Every stove is different, so you'll know which temperature is right for your pan.
- Turn the pan around so the oil will spread evenly on the surface.
- Cook the patties: Add the burgers to the pan when it’s nicely heated up. Use a spatula to gently flatten each burger.
- If needed, lower the heat a bit (every stove is different, so adjust heat to what works for your pan).
- Cook for about 5 minutes (without turning, if using grill pan, that helps get the grill marks and helps it from sticking to pan) on each side, or until it reaches an internal temperatures of 165F. Total cooking time will be 6-8 minutes per side. Just be sure to not flip the first 5 minutes so it will get nice color and grill marks (if you're using a grill pan). If you have a splatter screen, it really helps so you stay safe from any oil splatters while the patties are cooking up.
- Make the spicy aioli:
- The spicy aioli comes together in a minute.
- In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and hot sauce until combined. Adjust the hot sauce to your taste. Just a drop will make it mildly hot. If you can handle the heat, add more to your taste.
- To serve: Serve with the spicy aioli and green sides (and wrap with lettuce or buns). Enjoy!
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information presented below is an approximation and may vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
Ground chicken: you could sub ground turkey if you can't find ground chicken. Flour: I used coconut flour to bind it.
Spices: spice up the burgers the way you like it.
Pan: I use my saute’ pan, cast iron skillet or a grill pan (you could also grill outside on your grill). Store: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze: If you’re making these for meal prep (double the recipe, these burgers will go fast!), freeze when they’ve completely cooled down. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a zipped lock freezer bag or airtight freezer storage container for up to 2-3 months.