Cheddar jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole: These burgers are no joke! Cheddar and jalapeños are mixed INTO the ground chicken! Melt extra cheddar on top of the burgers and then add a heaping mound of guac and homemade ranch dressing. SO GOOD!!


Let’s talk about one of the best meals I’ve made over the past couple of weeks. 

Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken Burgers

These cheddar jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole are freaking outstanding!! They take an oftentimes dry chicken burger to a completely different level, much like the effect these barbeque chicken burgers have. Except these chicken burgers are loaded up with cheddar cheese (which bubbles and oozes out from the finished burger), jalapeño, ranch dressing and hello! Guacamole! 

You know, just a few of my always sought-after favorite ingredients. 

The ground chicken is mixed with:

  • cilantro
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chopped onion
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped jalapeño

YES! There’s cheese IN your burger! I had the same reaction to stuffing my burger meat full of good stuff as when I stuffed bacon into those bacon burgers with bacon onion balsamic jam. Yup.

Toppings for Your Chicken Burger

After you grill the burgers, you’ll top the bottom bun with a good-size spoonful of guacamole and set the burger atop it. I guess you could add straight-up slices of avocado if you don’t want to go the guacamole route. Plain avocado would be great too!

You can really make these chicken burgers your own (or your use own ideas too, of course!):

I saw these guacamole chicken burgers fly through one of my Pinterest scroll-fests months ago and thank goodness for Courtney for bringing them back up to the top of my list recently!  I definitely foresee these burgers happening a heck of a lot this summer and once I perfect my whole wheat hamburger bun recipe, there will be no stopping me!

2019 Update: We’re still making and loving these chicken burgers 6 years after I first shared them here. Our favorite buns have now become these potato burger buns (you MUST try them – so darn good!). I haven’t made any changes to this chicken burger recipe since we still love it just as much now as we did back then.

If you’re looking for some side dish options to serve with these burgers, my favorite grilled corn, this phenomenal Mexican street corn salad, or these oven fries would be perfect!

Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Cheddar Jalapeño Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cheddar jalapeño chicken burgers with guacamole are no joke! With cheddar and jalapeños mixed INTO the ground chicken and melted cheddar on top of the burgers, you'd think that would be enough, right? Nope! You'll add a heaping mound of guac and some ranch dressing to the buns to push these burger right over the edge. SO GOOD!!


For the burgers:

  • 1 ½ lbs ground chicken
  • ½ small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed (to tone down the heat if desired), chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil

For serving:

  • Burger buns (recommended: potato buns)
  • Your favorite guacamole
  • Ranch dressing or sour cream
  • Extra cheddar cheese (melt on the burgers before removing from them the grill)
  • Extra cilantro
  • Salsa verde


  1. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grates with vegetable oil to prevent the burgers from sticking.
  2. Add the chicken to a large bowl and toss in the onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, paprika, lime juice, cheddar, salt and pepper. With a fork, lightly stir the ingredients into the chicken until the mixture is well-blended. Shape the chicken mixture into four ½-inch patties.
  3. Grill the patties for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Allow to rest for a couple minutes before serving. Top the buns with guacamole and the burger with desired toppings.


adapted from What's Gaby Cooking

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  • branny
    June 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Piled high and looking delicious! I’m not sure I could get my mouth around that bad boy.

  • annieseats
    June 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Like, a whole stream of expletives just came to mind with how badly I want one of these. Mmmm. They look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Aimee @ See Aimee Cook
    June 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Looks delicious!!

  • July 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I cannot wait to try these! They look so amazing…

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    July 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I absolutely must have these

  • Fran Holmstrom
    July 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Tara, there are almost no words to describe how good these burgers are! Thank you so much for posting them. My family and I absolutely loved them. Needless to say, I, too posted them. Again, thanks for the inspiration. I’ve made and posted several things from your site–and every one of them was a winner!

  • Mare
    June 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM

    Under “Instructions” at the end of point “1” you have typed “1/3”. WHAT is that 1/3 about? 1/3 what???

    • Tara
      November 15, 2023 at 9:50 AM

      That’s a typo – sorry about that!

  • Lisa
    September 10, 2023 at 7:55 AM

    Delicious burgers and adatable too! Had to use gruyere and thai basil instead of cilantro and cheddar but we loved them!

    • Tara
      November 15, 2023 at 9:51 AM

      Sounds like fantastic substitutions!