Salsa Chicken Burgers with Cilantro-Avocado Sauce

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x


A secret ingredient keeps these Salsa Chicken Burgers moist, juicy, and tender!



For the Salsa

  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membrane removed, minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Cilantro-Avocado Sauce

  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 loose handful of fresh cilantro leaves and stems (about 1/2 cup)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 24 tablespoons water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Burgers

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Lime wedges, for serving


To Make the Salsa

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl, toss to combine. Refrigerate while preparing rest of recipe.

To Make the Cilantro-Avocado Sauce

  1. Combine the avocado, cilantro, lime juice and zest, and garlic in the basin of a food processor. Pulse until mostly smooth. Add in the water, a few tablespoons at a time, and then pulse to combine. Continue adding water and pulsing until the sauce is the consistency of mayo. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To Make the Burgers

  1. Preheat a grill or a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Oil the grill grates or skillet liberally with cooking spay.
  2. Combine the chicken, cumin, chili powder, yogurt, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. The mixture will be wet. Form into four patties using damp hands.
  3. Cook the burgers on the preheated grill or skillet for 3-4 minutes, or until a golden brown crust forms and the burgers are easy to lift off. If they stick, they aren’t ready to flip. Flip, and cook on remaining side for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. To assemble burgers, slather the Cilantro-Avocado Sauce on the bottom of a bun. Place a burger patty on top, then pile on the salsa. Top with remaining burger bun half. Serve with lime wedges.
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