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A chicken caesar burger on a plate.

Chicken Caesar Burger

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Freeze Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Chicken Caesar Burger – a delicious, easy grilled chicken caesar burger that is juicy and packed with flavor! Perfect for summer!




  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup white onion, shredded
  • 23 tablespoons frozen butter, shredded*
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)**
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper



  1. Ensure grill grates are clean and heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place a cheese grater on top of 2-3 pieces of paper towel. Grate the white onion on top of the paper towel. Use the paper towel to gently squeeze out as much of the excess moisture from the onion. 
  3. Use the same cheese grater to shred the frozen butter (if using).
  4. In a large bowl combine ground chicken, grated white onion, grated butter, garlic, worcestershire, mayo, dijon, lemon zest, liquid smoke and parmesan cheese.
  5. Fully combine. 
  6. Prepare a small parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Divide mixture into 4 equal patties about 1/2-3/4 inches thick on the cookie sheet.  Press down in the middle with your thumb to create an indent.
  8. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes (this ensures it will be easy for you to lift them off the cookie sheet and they will hold their shape on the grill).
  9. Season the top generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. 
  10. Take a piece of paper towel and put a little olive oil on it – hold it with a pair of tongs and rub the olive oil on the hot grill carefully. 
  11. Place burgers on the grill over direct heat and close the lid. 
  12. Let cook 5-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160 degrees internal temperature. 
  13. If using cheese, place on top during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. 
  14. Remove and let rest 5 minutes. 
  15. To build burger: place a piece of lettuce on top of the bottom bun. Follow with Caesar Dressing, chicken burger, more Caesar Dressing, red onion, lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and top bun. 
  16. Enjoy! 


  • *Frozen Butter – if you are looking to really keep these chicken burgers lean, you can definitely omit the butter BUT if you are just looking for a juicy chicken burger then definitely include this step! 
  • **Liquid Smoke: this is totally optional! I love a bit of smokiness in my burger, but if that isn’t your thing (or you just don’t have it on hand) feel free to omit!
  • Make ahead: feel free to make the patties the day before. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • Freeze: to make these ahead and freeze simply make patties and then place a piece of parchment between them as you stack. Place in a freezer-safe bag, label and place in freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight and then grill according to the instructions above.