Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Basil Friedman
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland, but jazzed up with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic—and then topped with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce—they're boldness in a bun.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds).

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, gently mix chicken, cheeses, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 burgers about 3/4 in. thick, making a slight depression in center of each patty (this helps keep burgers flat as they cook). Put on a plate, cover, and refrigerate until ready to grill.

Step 3

In a blender, whirl mayonnaise, basil, lemon juice, and lemon zest together and refrigerate until ready to use. With a silicone brush or oiled paper towels, lightly oil cooking grate.

Step 4

Grill burgers, covered, turning once, until browned and no longer pink inside (cut to test), 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer burgers to a clean plate and place buns, cut sides down, on grill until lightly browned, 30 seconds.

Step 5

Spread toasted sides of buns with basil mayonnaise. Set a chicken patty on each bun bottom and top each with 2 strips bacon, a tomato slice, and a lettuce leaf. Cover with bun top.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per burger.

Ratings & Reviews

chicken burger

October 04, 2016
Cheese and fresh basil is a flavorful combination. Here's a stuffed chicken burger recipe to add a little variety to your summer menus: #IWorkWithPerdue 

sukeedog's Review

January 01, 2015

kristafaye's Review

May 07, 2013
These were great, but I did alter the recipe a little bit. I added an extra 1/4 tsp of minced garlic, as well as an egg and a 1/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs to the patties. Also before grilling I sprinkled them with freshly ground pepper and a little garlic powder. Delicious!

jbarber5000's Review

January 06, 2013
Really good! Made this for friends and family and everyone loved! Kid-friendly (no heat), but lots of flavor. I used smoked cheddar instead of sharp, and plain white brioche buns instead of onion -- big hit! Served with potato wedges and salad.

Courtneydee's Review

November 06, 2009
Outstanding! Will make this again and again!! Really good with baked sweet potato fries!!