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Air Fryer Mini Chicken Burgers

Crispy perfection meets juicy flavor with these mini Air Fryer Chicken Burgers!  Quick, easy, freezer-friendly and irresistibly tasty, these air-fried chicken burgers are a must-try for any busy family.

Yield: 8 mini burgers 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 22 minutes


  • 1 pound ground chicken (sub: ground turkey)
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs (or try gluten-free bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (sub: 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in hand
  • Cooking spray (recommend: non-propellent avocado oil spray)
  • 8 slider buns or mini ciabatta rolls*
  • Optional burger toppings: Provolone cheese slices, Avocado Aioli, lettuce, tomato, mayo

*Toast the insides under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, if desired.

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Make It Now:

  1. Combine Chicken Mixture: In a large bowl, use clean hands to combine the ground chicken, bread crumbs, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
  2. Form Patties: Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form into small patties (2 ½-3 inches across). (Freezer meal instructions begin here.)
  3. Air Fry: Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Spray the air fryer insert with cooking spray. Place as many chicken burgers in the air fryer as will fit in a single layer without touching (leave room for air to circulate) and air fry for 6 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook another 6 minutes, or until browned and cooked through*. Place on a plate, cover each patty with cheese (if desired), and tent loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with any remaining burgers.
  4. Serve: Place the patties on the buns and add desired burger toppings. 

*Burgers are done when they have no more pink inside or register 165°F internally.

Freeze For Later: Form the patties and freeze uncooked burgers in single layers between parchment paper either in a gallon-sized freezer bag or freezer container. Seal well and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours and cook according to instructions. Or, preheat air fryer to 350°F and air fry frozen patties for 13-15 minutes (until 165°F internally or no more pink inside), flipping halfway.


  • If you have leftover cooked patties, you can wrap them tightly and freeze. Warm at 50% in the microwave until heated through.
  • Gluten-Free Version: Use almond flour in place of the bread crumbs or make your own gluten-free breadcrumbs using toasted, gluten-free bread. I have found that store-bought gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs (made with rice flour) stick to the pan and don’t yield good results, so I don’t recommend those.
  • Dairy-Free Version: Use breadcrumbs or almond flour in place of the Parmesan cheese and add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the mixture. I’ve also found that nutritional yeast can add in some cheesy flavor, so feel free to sub in a few tablespoons to your dry mix.
  • Where We Get Our Ground Chicken: We get our meat from ButcherBox. The poultry is organic and curated from small, trusted farms. We highly recommend this service to source healthy meat–like uncured bacon, wild salmon, and grass-fed beef–and have used it for years ourselves. Read my honest review here.
© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Air Fryer