Tequila Chicken Burgers

Jim doesn’t usually like when I “mess” with certain foods, and burgers are usually one of them, so I was excited when he was okay with trying this recipe from Annie’s Eats for a “messed with” burger.

We both thought these were great, and I will definitely be making them again. The cilantro mayo is a must, and I don’t really recommend dressing these with ketchup, as the flavors don’t really go. The cilantro mayo makes a great dipping sauce for sweet potato fries as well.

Look forward to more chicken burger variations to come. I’m already thinking of Buffalo Chicken, and Marsala, and I’m sure more will come to mind as well. The traditional beef burger will always have its place on our grill, but it will have to move over every once in awhile to make room for chicken.



  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½-1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 3-4 tbsp. Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Zest of ½ a lime
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • Dash of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper, freshly ground
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • Olive Oil

For serving:

  • Burger buns
  • Grilled Bell Peppers & Red Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Cilantro Mayo:
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • ½ cup mayo
    • ½ cup cilantro
    • ½ tsp Salt
    • Zest of 1 Lime
    • Juice of 1 Lime


  1. Combine the garlic, jalapeno, chicken breasts, cilantro and lime zest. Mix in the tequila, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and panko. Make sure all ingredients are well blended. Move onto next steps, or refrigerate until ready to grill.
  2. Light grill, and preheat on high for 5 minutes.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 patties, bushing all sides lighting with olive oil. Grill burgers, turning flame down to a medium, for about 16 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking to brown both sides. Cover with foil, and allow to rest for a minute or two. Serve on buns with bell pepper and onion, and lettuce as desired.

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