Chicken spinach burgers

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Total Time 22 minutes
Serves 4     adjust servings

Chicken spinach burgers have just 5 ingredients and are super juicy and flavorful!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chicken (about 90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For cooking: 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • For serving: Whole wheat burger buns, desired toppings (see notes)

Instructions

Add ground chicken, chopped spinach, mozzarella cheese, pesto, garlic, salt and black pepper to a medium bowl.

Using a fork and then your hands, mix until just combined.

Divide mixture into 4 equal parts and form burger patties that are about 1/2 inch thick.

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add canola oil.

Add burgers to pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until done, about 5-6 minutes more. Keep an eye on your temperature and reduce the heat if they are starting to burn. If you are adding sliced cheese to your burgers, you can do that when you flip them, so it melts as they finish cooking.

Let rest for a few minutes before serving. Then add desired toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I use lean ground chicken that’s usually labeled between 90% and 93% lean. The super lean kind (99% lean) doesn’t have very much flavor in my opinion.

You can also make your own ground chicken. Cut a pound of raw chicken breasts into smaller pieces and place them in a food processor. Pulse and process until the chicken breasts are broken down.

I highly recommend serving these with extra mozzarella melted on top and a dollop of pesto to reinforce those flavors.

You could also add some extra Italian flavor with some sun-dried tomatoes and/or fresh basil as toppings for your burger.

I usually make our burgers in a pan on the stove, but you could certainly cook these on a grill if you prefer.

You can serve these burgers in a regular bun or make a lettuce wrap if you want to be low-carb (and/or gluten-free).

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