Chicken Chili Burgers

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup drained dark red kidney beans, very slightly mashed
1 small onion, very finely minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobe
1 teaspoon hot Mexican style chili powder
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
juice of 1/2 lime

Place the chipotle pepper, lime juice in a blender or food processor and pulse until fairly smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl. Add the ground chicken, onion, chili powder, paprika and garlic powder. Gently mix together to evenly distribute all ingredients. Gently add the beans. If the mixture is overly wet, add a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. With lightly greased hands, form the meat into four 1/4 inch thick patties. Oil the rack of your grill. Cook the burgers over medium heat, covering as needed to insure that they are fully cooked through.

My thoughts:

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Instead of simply pouring chili on plain burgers, these low fat burgers are actually chili in burger form. They have all of the ingredients, beans, peppers, onions, chili powder etc as chili made to fit on a bun. Ground chicken absorbs flavors wonderfully so these burgers are anything but bland. Serve them with chili toppings like cheese, avocado or even sour cream on top.


  1. This looks phenomenal! I'm going to add it to my menu this week…I really like the idea of putting avocado/sour cream and cheese on top. My husband will love this for sure 🙂

  2. I'm usually the sole consumer of the chicken burgers nestled beside the grilled beef. With this recipe, I may be able to entice my man to join me on the other side of the grill.

  3. Grilled chili in burger form? Those look so good!

  4. What a great idea, Rachel! Love the idea of putting the beans right in the burger.

    Were they as good as they look?

  5. Lo-
    Of course, I don't post any recipe that isn't completely delicious.

  6. Love the idea. I think I'll be trying this one out soon. I wish we could put all meals into burger form. Maybe that will be my new quest…

  7. I love making all sort of burgers, vegetarian or not!!

    this recipe & burger look so tasty!

  8. Made them tonight! The taste was really, really excellent. My grill is broken, so I did them under the broiler – about 7 minutes each side. Topped with avocado, monterery jack cheese, sour cream, and a sprinkle of hot sauce on the bun. Definitely one of the best turkey burgers I've ever had 🙂

  9. What a tasty healthy burger! And I LOVE that you're grillin' on coals!

  10. This is fantastic!! I recently did a turkey burger with diced green chilies but I was dreaming of incorporating chipotle (my favorite) into another version. Often the turkey or chicken burgers will get very dry but I bet the beans and lime juice help keep the burger moist.