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BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions

These juicy BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions are easy to make and perfect for summer parties. Everyone will love how flavorful these ground chicken burgers are!

 Looking for more homemade burger recipes? Try this The Ultimate Classic Turkey Burger Recipe or these Grilled Lamb Burgers with Feta & Cucumbers.

BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Well, it’s finally here and I seriously couldn’t wait!

It’s BURGER WEEK here at Joyful Healthy Eats and do I have an awesome lineup for you!

As you know I’m kinda obsessed with all things grilling. If I could I would totally grill every day of the week. In fact one year on Christmas Eve, it was hardcore raining outside so I made my husband, brother, and dad pull the grill from the backyard to the front porch so we could grill some of my famous juicy Baby Back Ribs for dinner! Yeah, I’m a little crazy. But it was so worth it!

Recipe For Ground Chicken Burgers

These BBQ Chicken Burgers Are Perfect For Summer Parties

Memorial Day is at the end of this month, then the fun summer pool parties or backyard BBQ’s begin, before you know it 4th of July will be here and the list goes on. So, as a way to help you out and my willingness to eat burgers all week 🙂 I’m gonna give you a head start on planning so that when those parties come around you have a recipe that will knock your friends socks off!

Gone are the days of plain lettuce, tomato, and pickle burgers!

Recipe For Chicken Burgers

These Chicken Burgers Have All My Favorite Flavors

I polled ya’ll on Facebook a couple weeks ago about the kind of burger you were looking for and a majority of you said chicken burgers. To be honest, I had never made Chicken Burgers before and never actually worked with ground chicken before. I’ve used ground lamb, ground turkey, ground beef, and even ground buffalo but chicken ..  nope. I was racking my brain trying to think of another burger recipe that would wow you but also be simple to make.

So hello to my little friend.

The BBQ Chicken Burger with Caramelized Onions!!! This recipe was inspired by a family favorite around our house, BBQ Chicken Pizza!

Ground Chicken Burger Recipe

What Does Ground Chicken Feel Like?

Since it was my first time cooking with ground chicken I was a little surprised by the texture of it. I thought it would be similar to ground turkey but as soon as I put my hands in the bowl to form the patties I noticed it almost felt like shaved chicken pieces. So just an FYI for those of you are new to the ground chicken world.:)

What Type Of Toppings Do You Put On BBQ Chicken Burgers?

These burgers are topped with sweet caramelized onions, butter lettuce, juicy roma tomatoes, creamy avocado, and a sweet BBQ Sauce. They are a great change up if you looking to make a burger that is healthy, a little different, but still full of flavor.

You could even serve these Chicken Burgers minus the bun if you’re going gluten free and it would still be absolutely delicious!

Happy Grilling!

Homemade Chicken Burger Recipe

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BBQ Chicken Burgers Recipe

BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x
  • Category: Grilling
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


These juicy BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions are easy to make and perfect for summer parties. Everyone will love how flavorful these ground chicken burgers are!



Chicken Burger:

  • 1.25lbs. of ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 leafs of butter lettuce
  • 12 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ)


  1. Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat, add olive oil and sliced onions. Saute onions for 10 minutes, stirring on occasion. Add butter, salt, and pepper. Stir until butter is melted and soaked into onions, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix, ground chicken, egg, oregano, salt, and pepper. Using your hands mix until it is all combined. Form into four patties.
  3. Heat the grill to medium high heat, spray grates with PAM or rub with olive oil. Add chicken patties to the grill.
  4. Grill for 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  5. Remove from grill, let sit while you toast the buns.
  6. Add buns to grill, inside on the bun face down. Grill for 1 minute, remove from grill.
  7. Assemble burger: bottom bun, lettuce, 2 slices of tomato, chicken burger, 2-3 slices of avocado, 1-2 tablespoons of caramelized onions, 1-2 tablespoons of bbq sauce, top bun.
  8. Devour!

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32 comments on “BBQ Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions”

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    Alice Carroll

    Wow, it’s very interesting how you used caramelized onions in this burger. I’ve been craving for bar burgers for quite a while now and having one with lots of onions wouldn’t be so bad. Perhaps I should get one for my next cheat day.

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    Ariette Coleman

    Aw who wouldn’t go crazy for anything topped with sweet, caramelized onions and drizzled with savory BBQ Sauce? This chicken burger is definitely a must try this summer! Thanks for the share!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Seeing as Dustin’s FAVORITE pizza is BBQ chicken I have already told him about these burgers and how they are necessary this summer! Loving the caramelized onions and sweet BBQ sauce. Everyone would be happy in house with these burgers! Pinned!

    1. haha.. love it! Pretty sure Dustin and I would be good friends. Hope you, the hubs, and that baby enjoy these burgers sweet friend! 🙂

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    Julie | This Gal Cooks

    Those are some darn good looking chicken burgers, Krista! We love to grill, too, and do it almost every weekend (sometimes more than once). I can’t say we’ve ever grilled chicken burgers but we will definitely have to give them a try now.

    1. I hadn’t either, which was why the texture of the raw meat weirded me out but they are so good! Hope you and Ken give them a try girl! Happy grilling!

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    Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Yay for burger week! You hit a homerun with these bbq chicken burgers. Caramelized onions are one of my husband’s favorites!

    1. Awww.. thanks so much Mariah. You are so sweet! Your husband has good taste, they are one of my favorites too. I could eat a big bowl of them. 🙂 Thanks for the pin chica!

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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen

    Girllll, you make chicken burgers look gooood! And that’s saying a lot b/c I will take beef over chicken 99.9% of the time 🙂

    1. haha.. well you make me blush! 🙂 Thanks Gina and I’m so with you .. bring on the beef but this chicken burger totally can stand up next to any beef burger and shine. 🙂

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    Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    Yay to grilling season!!! And I love the fresher healthy chicken burger. I’ve never used ground chicken so thanks for the heads up on texture. Pinned

    1. absolutely, i figured if it weirded me out it might do the same for someone else. 🙂 Hope you like them girl!

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    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    I am all about grilling too, and chicken burgers that are topped with avocado and caramelized onions. I just bought some chicken breasts, and this is dinner tomorrow night! Awesome!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    My sister is going to thank me so much for finding this recipe! She loves BBQ chicken, and with her looking to be healthy, this should work for her!

    1. Hurray!!! Yes, she will totally love this and if she wanted to leave the bun out this still totally works! Thanks Kacey!

  10. So amazing to think that you could have such a delicious and full meal in only 17 minutes! Love this recipe, Krista!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I cannot wait to see what else is in store for burger week! This looks amazing, and you totally had me at caramelized onions girl!

    1. I can’t wait to share, they are all seriously so good.

      Caramelized onions get me every time too, I could eat them by the bowl!

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    Christine from Cook the Story

    I love that you used ground chicken to make this burger healthier. It looks delicious.

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    Nora @ Savory Nothings

    Oh my word, these look divine! I love caramelized onions yet I never tried putting them on a burger. Such a great idea!

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    Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

    I was surprised by the texture of uncooked ground chicken too when I first used it! Glad I’m not the only one. I love the flavor combinations here. This burger sounds delicious!