Chili Lime Chicken Burgers


If you’re looking for a healthier burger still packed with flavor for your cookouts this summer, look no further. These chicken burgers are seriously delicious while staying light on calories.

This recipe comes from Iowa Girl Eats, and is inspired by Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers, which is found in the frozen prepared foods section of TJ stores. I used to eat those burgers all the time in college because they were perfect for a quick meal between classes or before an exam. Making these burgers at home is economical and you can even freeze them to eat at a later time. They’re also super simple and will probably take you no more than 20 minutes from start to finish.

I stayed pretty true to the ingredients in Kristin’s recipe, but tweaked it just a little to suit my taste. These Chili Lime Chicken Burgers are juicy, slightly spicy, and have a hint of lime – perfect for the summer time. They taste amazing with guacamole or salsa – especially pineapple or mango salsa! – and are a great alternative to beef or turkey burgers. They’re probably my favorite burgers to date!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
slightly adapted from Copy Cat Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers on Iowa Girl Eats

makes 4 burgers

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • juice from half of one lime (about 1 – 1.5 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek chili paste or 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • optional: 2-3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • to serve: buns/rolls, cheese, sliced avocado, salsa


In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients up to cilantro. Mix together just until combined and form into 4 patties. Fire up your grill or frying pan, and once it’s hot, place your burgers on the heat (don’t forget to lightly grease the grill/pan!). Cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until burgers are lightly browned and cooked throughout. Serve on a bun with optional toppings and enjoy!

Mix all of the ingredients together and form the burgers into 4 patties.
Grill up those burgers.
Cook until browned and no pink remains.
Serve with cheese, if desired (I used cheddar)…
… and some sliced avocado and salsa. I used Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa


4 Comments Add yours

  1. bongcomb says:

    Nice recipe:) I have a recipe on my blog in the same lines where i shape the chicken mix into balls and steam them!!! goes very well in a salad, Happy cooking and blogging!!

    1. Sounds delicious! I bet it tastes really good in a salad. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. kmhoho says:

    I have always been afraid of ground chicken, but this recipe looks delicious! 🙂

    1. I never used to be a fan of ground chicken but I find that it really shines in this recipe. It’s also good in tacos!

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