Grilled Chicken Burger With Yogurt

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This juicy grilled chicken burger is made with a secret ingredient, Greek yogurt! Create flavorful moist chicken patties right on the grill!

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If you’re looking for a grilled chicken burger recipe that’s actually moist and juicy, you have to try adding my secret ingredient – Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt! The yogurt helps to bind the patty mixture together, adds a little tang, and keeps each burger super moist without drying out on the grill (because we’ve all had that happen to us before!). This might be the most deliciously juicy homemade chicken burger patty you’ll ever taste, all thanks to that yogurt!

Grilled yogurt chicken burgers on a cutting board.
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Now, I know what you’re thinking: yogurt in a chicken burger?! Trust me; it’s a game-changer. Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt adds a touch of creaminess to the chicken, keeping the burger wonderfully moist while adding a layer of rich flavor. I’ve always been a fan of Stonyfield yogurt, but when I visited their farms a few years ago and learned more about their organic yogurt-making process, it put a whole new perspective on where our food comes from. It’s not just a label that’s slapped on! 

Their process of making the organic yogurt translates to quality you can taste – whether it’s alone or in this burger recipe! Made from high-quality, organic ingredients, Stonyfield yogurt is free from harmful pesticides, making it a choice you can feel good about using for your family.

This recipe was part of our July 2023 Cooking Challenge! Thank you for joining us in making this delicious recipe and the chance to win a prize!

Why you’ll love this grilled chicken burger recipe

  • Something different. If you’re tired of the same old beef burgers, this grilled chicken burger offers a change in pace and flavor. The inclusion of Greek yogurt, along with the variety of seasonings, gives this ground chicken patty a unique, irresistible flavor profile that’s unlike any you’ve had before.
  • Adaptable to many cooking methods. Whether you’ve got an outdoor barbecue or an indoor grill pan, this recipe is versatile enough to suit your needs. You can even make them in the oven if you’d like.
  • Healthy Alternative to ground beef. Opting for ground chicken instead of beef helps lower the saturated fat content, making this burger a leaner choice that doesn’t skimp on taste.
  • Sauce that steals the show. The accompanying sauce, made with yogurt, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, and mustard, is an explosion of tangy, sweet, and creamy flavors that perfectly complements the chicken burgers, making them even more delicious.

Ingredients You Need to Make Juicy Chicken Burger Patties

  • Chicken Breast: Choosing a lean protein like chicken breast keeps the burgers lighter while still providing a robust flavor. Cubing the chicken allows for easy blending with the other ingredients.
  • Italian Breadcrumbs: These help bind the chicken mixture together, while also adding a hint of classic Italian herbs that boosts the overall flavor of the burger.
  • Greek Yogurt: This unique addition provides moisture to the burger patties, ensuring they stay juicy and tender while grilling. It also introduces a tangy note that complements the flavors of the other ingredients. I use Stonyfield Whole Milk Organic Greek yogurt for this recipe.
  • Yellow Mustard: A traditional burger condiment, yellow mustard brings a tangy, slightly spicy kick that pairs perfectly with chicken.
  • Red Onion: Chopped red onion adds a bit of crunch and a touch of sweetness, bringing complexity to the burgers’ texture and flavor profile.
  • Seasonings (Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt, Black Pepper): Each seasoning enhances the taste of the chicken – paprika adds a smoky hint, garlic powder brings in a savory note, salt enhances all the flavors, and black pepper gives a slightly spicy kick.
  • Avocado Oil: This oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for grilling. It’s also neutral in flavor, so it won’t interfere with the delicious taste of your chicken burgers.

Greek Yogurt Burger Sauce

  • Yogurt: The base of the sauce, yogurt, lends a creamy texture and a tangy note that ties all the flavors together. The yogurt acts in place of a heavier mayo. I also recommend using full-fat Greek yogurt here.
  • Ketchup: Adds sweetness and a familiar tang that complements the other sauce ingredients.
  • Sweet Pickle Relish: This introduces a touch of sweetness and a slight crunch, adding complexity to the sauce’s texture and flavor.
  • Mustard: Its tangy, spicy flavor adds depth and heat to the sauce, balancing out the sweetness of the ketchup and relish.
  • Ground Black Pepper: A dash of this enhances the other flavors in the sauce and provides a subtle heat.

FOR SERVING:

  • Burger Buns: Choose your favorite type, whether that’s a classic sesame seed bun, whole grain, or even a lettuce wrap for a low-carb option.
  • Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onions: Fresh, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato slices, and sharp red onions add a crunch, freshness, and bite that contrasts nicely with the tender chicken burger.
Ingredients for recipe: Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt, spices, onion, mustard, breadcrumbs, oil, and for assembly, tomato, lettuce, and burger buns.

How to make Ground Chicken patties With Greek Yogurt

Now that you’ve got all your ingredients together it’s time to grab a bowl, food processor and sheet pan or plate and get started!

Make the burger sauce

  1. In a small bowl, add your Greek yogurt, ketchup, mustard, relish, and pepper.
  2. Mix everything together until the sauce is a light orange.
2 image collage making burger sauce in a bowl before and after mixing.

Prepare the chicken patties

  1. In a bowl of a food processor, place the chicken cubes, breadcrumbs, Greek yogurt, mustard, onion, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Pulse until just blended and comes together as a ball, but be careful not to over mix.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties.
  4. Press down in the middle of each patty with your thumb to ensure even cooking of the chicken burgers.
4 image collage making recipe: 1- ingredients in a food processor, 2- after processing into a paste, 3- formed patties on a piece of parchment paper, and 4- a thumb pressing an indention into the center of each patty.

Grilling Your Chicken Burgers

  1. Place the chicken burgers on the preheated grill.
  2. Flip halfway through and conitue cooking until just done.
Before and after collage of burger patties on the grill.

Tips for making the best Grilled Chicken Burgers

  1. Don’t overmix the patties. Overmixing your ground chicken mixture can lead to tough, chewy burgers. Mix just until the ingredients are combine and then form into patties for tender, juicy results.
  2. Mind the grill temperature. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Too hot, and the burgers might burn on the outside before they’re cooked on the inside; too cool, and they might dry out before developing a nice crust.
  3. Indent the patties. Before grilling, make a small indentation in the center of each chicne patty with your thumb. This helps the burgers cook evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the middle.
  4. Check for doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check your patties and make sure they are done. The internal temperature should reach 165˚F, indicating that the chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat.
  5. Rest your chicken burgers. After grilling, let the patties rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the patty, resulting in a juicier burger.
Yogurt chicken burger patties on a grill with a spatula lifting one up to show grill marks.
  • Switch out chicken for turkey: If you don’t have chicken on hand you can substitute it with an equal amount of turkey breast.
  • Switch out the breadcrumbs: If you need a gluten-free option, almond meal or gluten-free breadcrumbs can be used in place of the Italian breadcrumbs.
  • Go bunless: For a low-carb or gluten-free option, you can use lettuce wraps instead of traditional burger buns.
  • Make the seasoning your own: You can personalize your chicken burgers by adding other spices to the mix. Some cayenne pepper for heat, a sprinkle of cumin for earthiness, or a touch of dried herbs could make it your own.

What to serve with Grilled Chicken Burgers

Grilled yogurt chicken burgers assembled with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a cutting board next to a container of Stonyfield organic Greek yogurt.

How to store & reheat Grilled Chicken Burgers

After grilling, let the chicken burgers cool completely. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

When you’re ready to reheat, you can do so in a skillet over medium heat, flipping once until heated through. You can also reheat them in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

How long will ground chicken patties last in the fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container, these grilled chicken burgers can last in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

Can i freeze these yogurt chicken burgers?

Absolutely! Grilled chicken burgers freeze well. To freeze, let them cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until solid (about 1-2 hours), then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. They should keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, defrost in the fridge overnight and then follow the reheating instructions above.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make these burgers with ground chicken?

Yes, you can certainly substitute the chicken breast with ground chicken. The taste and texture will be slightly different, but the burgers will still be delicious. If you do go with ground chicken you’ll still use 1 pound for this recipe.

Can I cook these burgers on a stovetop or in an oven?

Yes, if you don’t have access to a grill, you can cook the burgers in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat, or bake them in the oven at 375°F until the internal temperature reaches 165˚F, about 20-25 minutes.

Can I use regular yogurt insead of Greek yogurt?

Yes, you can use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt. However, keep in mind that Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. Regular yogurt has a higher water content, so it might make your burger mixture a bit looser. If you decide to use regular yogurt, consider straining it first to remove some of the whey, or use a bit less than the recipe calls for to keep the right consistency.

Grilled yogurt chicken burgers on a cutting board.

These grilled chicken burgers, with Greek yogurt hit the spot perfectly. Whether you’re pulling out the BBQ for a sunny day or just cooking up dinner in your kitchen, they’re a super satisfying meal that never disappoints. So, go ahead, get your hands a little messy and have fun with them.

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Juicy Grilled Chicken Burger

This juicy grilled chicken burger is made with a secret ingredient, Greek yogurt! Create flavorful moist chicken patties right on the grill!
5 from 51 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 243
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken breast cubed
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ red onion roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Avocado oil for cooking
  • Burger buns for serving
  • Lettuce tomato and red onions for serving

Burger Sauce

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the burger sauce. Set aside.
  • In a bowl of a food processor, place the chicken cubes, breadcrumbs, Greek yogurt, mustard, onion, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pulse until just blended and comes together as a ball, but be careful not to over mix.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 375-400°F) and oil the grates.
  • Form the mixture into 4 equal patties. Press down in the middle of each patty with your thumb to ensure even cooking of the chicken burgers.
  • Cook the chicken burgers on the preheated grill until the internal temperature is 165˚F, about 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through.
  • Assemble the chicken burgers with buns, sauce and toppings of choice.

Notes

  1. Don’t overmix the patties. Overmixing your ground chicken mixture can lead to tough, chewy burgers. Mix just until the ingredients are combine and then form into patties for tender, juicy results.
  2. Mind the grill temperature. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Too hot, and the burgers might burn on the outside before they’re cooked on the inside; too cool, and they might dry out before developing a nice crust.
  3. Indent the patties. Before grilling, make a small indentation in the center of each chicne patty with your thumb. This helps the burgers cook evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the middle.
  4. Check for doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check your patties and make sure they are done. The internal temperature should reach 165˚F, indicating that the chicken is fully cooked and safe to eat.
  5. Rest your chicken burgers. After grilling, let the patties rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the patty, resulting in a juicier burger.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 877mg, Potassium: 600mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 348IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 96mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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  1. Wanda Olson says:

    Made this tonight in my Airfryer…so moist and delish…thank you for a great recipe Yumna

    1. Yumna J. says:

      You’re so welcome!

  2. Jess says:

    Was super excited to try this recipe! Super fresh by grounding your own chicken and love the incorporation of Greek yogurt! Making it again to meal prep before the school year starts 😎😄

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you liked it, Jess!

  3. Hadil Tabbah says:

    A really awesome and different recipe from the normal. The yogurt was a twist that moistened the grilled chicken patties and created that juiciness we all look for when grilling burgers. The first time to try the chicken burgers but definitely not the last ! Love it

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you enjoyed!

  4. Vicky barba says:

    I forgot to say that as a Greek girl I agree about the secret ingredient! 🙂

  5. Vicky barba says:

    You always have the best recipes! I have made already the burger!!! Congrats!!!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much!

  6. Diane Bliss says:

    Flavorful, moist and one I’ll definitely make regularly now!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      So glad you enjoyed the burger!

  7. Jennifer says:

    My favorite burger recipe! I usually buy 2 lb of ground chicken and make a bunch of burgers to freeze. I love serving them with sweet potato fries!

  8. Kathy Flick says:

    Love these burgers. They were nice and moist with great flavor
    On the list to make again

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  9. Sarah A. says:

    These were a pretty good change from beef or turkey burgers. I really liked the sauce. It was very flavorful and made a great dip for fries too!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Love the idea of using the sauce for fries!

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