Ground Chicken Feta Burgers

Annnnd it’s the first day of spring, and up here in the great white north we just got majorly dumped on by a pile of unwanted snow.  Thanks mother nature, but if you could cut the crap, that would be great.  Anyways, I am a HUGE burger lover.  I love burgers, they’re freaking amazing.  And I don’t discriminate – I like beef burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers and veggie burgers; I like beer burgers, cheddar burgers, jalapeno burgers or any combination thereof.  I like avocados, tomatoes, onions and peppers on my burgers; I like ketchup, barbecue sauce, ranch and mayo on my burgers.  Please keep mustard and relish away from my burgers.  I also of course, like all types of cheese on my burgers.  Last night I was in the mood for a burger, but not a beef burger, so I settled on a chicken burger, made with ground chicken, feta cheese, breadcrumbs, and some spices.  I topped it with Swiss cheese, mashed avocado, spinach and sautéed red peppers and served it on an Ezekial bun (English muffin to be exact).

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This recipe is SUPER simple.  It took about 20 minutes from start to finish.  I have to cook all my burgers stove top, since I’m not aloud to have a barbecue in my apartment building.  When I cook stove top burgers, I usually cook them in a little bit of olive oil (cooking spray if I’m making beef burgers), covered, and for about 6 minutes on each side over medium heat.  If i’m melting cheese on the burgers, I will turn down the heat to medium low, add the cheese, and cover for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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I love experimenting with all the different flavours you can pack into a burger – you can add so many things to the patty, sauces and toppings that it’s like you’re eating a different burger everytime!  If you LOVE spicy as much as I do, check out my Cheddar and Jalapeno Beef Burger here.  I topped it with turkey bacon and a ranch sauce, and served it on a whole wheat bun.  Although, these Ezekial buns are pretty great and I don’t think it’s going to be the last time I buy them.

 Ground Chicken Feta Burgers


makes 4 large patties

  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 1/2 tsp cilantro
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • whole wheat buns (I use Ezekial)
  • Swiss cheese (1 slice per burger)
  • garnishes of your choice: spinach, avocado, onion, peppers, etc.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients to a large bowl. I usually use my hands when doing this, as I find it’s much easier than a spoon or spatula type utensil.  You may omit the egg.
  2. On a flat surface, form 4 large patties.  Place in a lightly oiled skillet on medium heat and cook for 6 minutes, covered.  Flip and cook for another 6 minutes.
  3. If you are planning on adding cheese, add it after the 12 minutes of cook time, reduce the heat to medium low, and cover for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the cheese has melted.

Ground chicken does not have a lot of fat, so it is necessary to add oil, butter or cooking spray to your pan.  I find it’s often difficult to cook homemade beef burgers stove top as much of the fat accumulates and I of course always get splattered with it.  Cooking these was nice because there was almost no fat whatsoever – it was a nice change.  I love avocado and sautéed veggies on my burgers – except beef where I prefer a cheese and bacon kind of approach.

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You can visit my burger lover board on Pinterest for more burger ideas and to see my burger making bucket list that I plan on taking on this summer.  I am a huge fan of big macs so I am dying to try a copycat version of it.  I hope you enjoyed the recipe – happy cooking!!