BBQ Chicken Burger

A hand-made chicken burger is seasoned with barbecue flavors, stuffed with cheddar cheese, grilled and basted in sauce and topped with a creamy slaw. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Chicken, Chicken Burger
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce plus additional for topping burger with, if desired
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese diced into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup homemade coleslaw
  • 4 whole wheat buns


  • Heat grill to medium high.
  • Place chicken into large mixing bowl and add spices, ¼ cup barbecue sauce, and diced cheese. Mix together until just combined and ingredients are evenly distributed. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  • Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. Place a thumbprint into the middle of each burger, to help prevent shrinkage and even cooking.
  • Grill burgers for 7 minutes per side, or until chicken reaches 160 degrees. 
  • Remove chicken burgers to a plate and baste with additional barbecue sauce. Allow burgers to rest on a plate for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve on top of bun (or bunless for low-carb or gluten free) and top burger with 1-2 tsp additional barbecue sauce and ¼ cup coleslaw on each burger.


To smoke chicken burgers: Preheat Smoker to 300 degrees. Add in chips and let smoke for 5 minutes. Smoke burgers for approximately 40 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees, turning mid-way through cooking. Remove burgers and baste with barbecue sauce and tent. Rest for 10 minutes, to reach 165 degrees and then serve. 
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 694mg 29%
Potassium 484mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 6g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 11.4%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.