BBQ Chicken Burgers

Summer is about to kick off and what better way to start it off than to cook some BBQ Chicken Burgers on the grill? When I think Summer, I think swimming in pools, going to the beach, and grilling. Everyone does whole beef patty burgers so we decided to mix it up a bit and do ground chicken patties. The contrast in flavors from the spicy creamy texture of the slaw to the sweet and flavorful taste of the chicken bring the whole spectrum for you to experience on the perfect summer day.

BBQ Chicken burgers side by side topped with spicy ranch cole slaw and sweet potato fries on the side


Val and I are very excited for Summertime. We moved into a new house and the deck is large and perfect for hosting friends and family. The first thing we said we were going to do if we got this house was to grill out and that’s what we did. We grilled out pork, steak, chicken, burgers and we might have actually done burgers a little too many times. Believe it or not we started getting sick of the regular old beef and turkey patty burgers. So we decided to switch it up a notch. We decided to do a BBQ Chicken but with ground chicken and turn that into a burger.

BBQ Chicken burger topped with spicy ranch Cole slaw, the top bun sitting off to the right.

The recipe for the seasoning was simple. I’m originally from Memphis, so I can come up with a good BBQ seasoning in my sleep. I decided to use a bit of a sweeter seasoning than normal that we actually posted on our Instagram. We talked about what would be involved in the burger and a spicy ranch flavored slaw was what we landed on. When I heard that, I knew the seasoning probably needed to be a bit sweeter to contrast those flavors. I was not disappointed with the flavor of these BBQ Chicken Burgers.

Tools Needed

Grill (or skillet): You can absolutely use a skillet for these patties, but a grill adds that open fire flavor we all love.

Refreshing Beverage: Come on, you’re standing over a hot grill outside in the heat. Crack open your favorite non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink and enjoy.

Overhead shot of two BBQ Chicken burgers topped with spicy ranch coleslaw and sweet potato fries to the right.


Ground chicken: If wanted you can use ground turkey, but we chose to use ground chicken.

BBQ Seasoning: If you don’t want to use ours, bring your own! Ours is simple enough to make though.

Cheddar Cheese: Use your preferred cheese to top on a burger, but this being a BBQ burger, we decided cheddar was for us.

Burger Buns: We used Kaiser Rolls for our burgers, but use your favorite type of burger bun for this one.

Step by Step

Side view of the BBQ Chicken burger topped with spicy ranch coleslaw

Slaw: Everything that’s BBQ needs slaw and this one is a spicy ranch slaw. Grab a large bowl and start loading up all the ingredients inside. The pack of coleslaw mix, the chopped red onion, the chopped green onion, the jalapeño, and the ranch dressing should all go in and be mixed up until everything is coated in that delicious ranch dressing. You will want to season to taste with salt and pepper and then throw in the fridge until later.

BBQ Chicken Burgers: Grab the ground chicken, the BBQ seasoning, and the mayo. Put all of that into a bowl and start to mix everything together evenly. Make sure not to over work the patties because they will fall apart on the grill if overworked. The mayo will act as the binding agent and also provide the fat needed to keep these things together on the grill. Set aside until ready to grill.

Cooking: Its grilling time. If you’re doing this on the grill, get it up to about 350 degrees or over medium high heat on the stove. If you’re using a skillet, add in 2-3 tbsp of olive oil into the pan, but if you’re on the grill just spray olive oil on the grate so the burgers wont stick. Once up to temp, throw them on and let sit for 5-6 minutes on each side. I would check internal temp continuously until the chicken is about 150 degrees. At that point, throw on your cheddar cheese and let that bad boy melt on until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees (remember this is chicken, not ground beef… I almost forgot that).

Note: When your cooking the burgers, if they start to look burnt that’s ok, they’re not actually getting burnt. Whats happening is, the brown sugar in the BBQ seasoning is caramelizing. Trust me, the burgers will still taste delicious!

Put it all together: Now is the time to put it all together. Grab your favorite buns, hell toast them on the grill if you want. Then load up the burger and slaw. Take a bite of that deliciousness and enjoy with friends and family!


BBQ Chicken Burgers

BBQ Chicken Burgers are the best way to kick off summer and get all the flavors you love in one place. Get that grill fired up!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people


BBQ Burgers

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • ¼ cup BBQ Seasoning (If you're not using ours)

BBQ Seasoning

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp gochugaru (or red pepper flakes)
  • ½ tsp cumin


  • 1 pack coleslaw mix
  • ¼ cup red onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp green onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • cup ranch dressing
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • cheddar cheese slices
  • favorite burger buns



  • Gather all Slaw ingredients and mix into a bowl to evenly combine. Set aside in the fridge until ready to assemble the burgers.

BBQ Burgers

  • Add all BBQ Burger ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to evenly combine the spices. Make sure not to over work the chicken patties because they will break down on the grill if you do. The mayo should act as a binding agent as well as give the burgers the fat you need to keep it all together.
  • Get a skillet or your grill up on medium high heat (or 350° for the grill). Coat the pan with olive oil or brush on/spray on olive oil onto the grill to avoid sticking patties.
  • Throw patties on and let cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Once internal temp reaches about 150°-155°, throw on the cheddar cheese and let melt. When internal temp reaches 165° take the patties off heat.
  • Assemble you burgers by adding the burger patty on your bottom bun, top with the cole slaw from the fridge, and place your top bun on. Enjoy!

That’s it from us. We hope you loved this BBQ Chicken Burger as much as we did! From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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