Chicken Burgers with A Mexican Twist

Chicken burgers are good but Chicken Burgers with a Mexican twist are muy bueno! Kick them up with taco seasoning, jalapenos and tequila then top with grilled peppers, onions & plenty of guacamole for a real south of the border treat.

Closeup of burger on a toasted roll with topping of grilled onions.

We grill a lot here in South Florida, I guess you would say 24/365, so you can imagine the repertoire of grilling recipes I have on hand. And with Labor Day around the corner, our grill will definitely be smokin’!

Prepared burgers on white plate surrounded by ingredients.

One of the meals we love to fix are burgers, like our Key West Burgers, but we like to change it up on occasion. Chicken, being a healthy, leaner meat than beef, gets its turn on the grill. But not just any plain ole chicken burger would do. Nope! Enter our chicken burger with a Mexican twist. They’re super easy to make and can be made spicier or milder according to how much spice you add to the mix. If you follow the recipe, I would say these are in the medium range of spiciness.

Plated dinner on white plate with grilled veggies on the side and gaucamole in background.

Frequently asked questions

Are chicken burgers really healthy?

These burgers are definitely lower in calories and fat than their beef counterparts. They would be an excellent option when watching your weight. Leave off the roll or roll it in a lettuce leaf for an even healthier dinner. 

How do I keep my burgers from falling apart?

I’ve found that if you preheat the grill to a medium-high temperature, spray with a small amount of nonstick spray, and only turn them once, that they hold together very well.

What can I top my ground chicken burger with?

Aside from the grilled vegetables and guacamole, you could also try salsa and refried beans. Change out the Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese for Jalapeno Jack or a Mexican cojita cheese. Of course, a little lettuce and tomato is always a great option.

Directions

Ingredients on wooden cutting board including ground chicken onion red pepper cilantro jalapeno and tequila.

  1. What flavors/ingredients do you think of when someone says Mexican? Guacamole comes to mind first, and I’ve got one of the best recipes around, but I digress. Next would be taco seasoning, grilled onions and peppers (a la fajitas) and of course cilantro. Take all these seasonings, combine them with ground chicken, pump it up with a little tequila and form into patties.

Gurgers peppers and onions on the grill.

  1. Preheat the grill and cook the prepared burgers alongside peppers and onions.  

Closeup showing grilled burger with a heaping serving of guacamole on top.

Serve the Mexican burgers on toasted rolls with the charred peppers and onions and a heaping spoonful of cooling guacamole. Now  you’ve got one big ole kick butt chicken burger with a Mexican twist. It’s destined to become your family’s new favorite dinner. Happy Grillin’!

Mexican Favorites You’ve Got to Try

Mexican Cheese Puff from 2CM

Smothered Chicken Burritos from 2CM

Creamy Fajita Skillet from We Are Not Martha

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce from 2CM

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Closeup showing grilled burger with a heaping serving of guacamole on top.

Mexican Chicken Burgers

Our Chicken Burgers with a Mexican twist are muy bueno! Kicked up with taco seasoning, jalapenos & tequila then topped with grilled peppers, onions & guac!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 large jalapeno, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons tequila
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices Monterey jack pepper jack or cheddar cheese

Grilled Vegetables

  • 1/2 each of yellow red & green bell pepper, cut in sections
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced thick
  • Olive oil
  • Garnish: guacamole

Instructions

  • Preheat grill.
  • Combine all ingredients for chicken burgers except for cheese.
  • Mix well and divide into 4 patties.
  • Prepare vegetables.
  • Lightly coat with olive oil.
  • Place vegetables on grill and cook for approximately 20 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • When the vegetables are turned at the halfway point, add chicken burgers to the grill.
  • Cook burgers for about 5 minutes a side.
  • With about 1 minute remaining, top with cheese. Remove from grill when cheese has melted.
  • To assemble: Place burger on bun, top with peppers and onions. Garnish with fresh guacamole.

Notes

Frequently asked questions

Are chicken burgers really healthy?
These burgers are definitely lower in calories and fat than their beef counterparts. They would be an excellent option when watching your weight. Leave off the roll or roll it in a lettuce leaf for an even healthier dinner. 
How do I keep my burgers from falling apart?
I've found that if you preheat the grill to a medium-high temperature, spray with a small amount of nonstick spray, and only turn them once, that they hold together very well.
What can I top my ground chicken burger with?
Aside from the grilled vegetables and guacamole, you could also try salsa and refried beans. Change out the Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese for Jalapeno Jack or a Mexican cojita cheese. Of course, a little lettuce and tomato is always a great option.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 2mg

Adapted from recipe found on Southern Living.

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