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Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

By Rachel Tiemeyer
March 2, 2020

This chicken burger recipe is a kid and adult fave! Make ahead and freeze a batch for later or make them tonight for a delicious and healthy dinner.

chicken burger on a bun with cheese on a plate

Why Are These the BEST?

I’ve been making these Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs for well over a decade now. In fact, my Freezer Club deemed them a “home run” recipe and it became one that we made for our group several times per year!

Here’s the deal. These miniature patties of ground chicken goodness fit every value I have for a family meal:

Tasty? Check.
Kids like them? Check.
Easy to make? Check.
Healthy? Check.
Freezable? Check.

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They take just minutes to cook on the stovetop and the taste is out of this world, thanks to fresh garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and the seasoning. The bread crumb coating get toasted on the outside and forms a nice crust that seals in all the juices, too.

Bottom line: No complaints from my crew when I make these. #winnerdinner

How to Make Chicken Burgers

Watch this 1 minute video tutorial to see just how easy it is to make these Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs…

How Do I Freeze Chicken Burgers?

A super smart use of time is to double (or triple) the batch and freeze chicken burgers for later. If you’re already getting your kitchen, bowls, and utensils dirty, why not spend just a few more minutes putting together an extra batch or two for a future dinner?

To freeze for later, place the burgers on a sheet pan and flash freeze them for an hour or so. Once they are hard, toss them in a gallon-sized freezer bag or container and seal well. Freeze for up to 3 months.

How Should I Serve Chicken Burgers?

white plate with chicken burger on bun, sweet potato fries, and grapes

We have two suggestions for how to serve chicken burgers.

  1. Serve them a la carte with Avocado Aioli on top or on the side. Dipping each bite of my mini chicken burger in the avocado aioli is my hands-down favorite way to eat them! The sauce is super easy to whip up.
  2. Serve them on a bun, topped with your favorite cheese if you want. I would suggest Provolone or Havarti cheese over the top, but pick whatever kind you love. Kids especially love the burgers served this way. You can also top them with lettuce (or arugula), tomato slices, and that amazing Avocado Aioli I mentioned.

As for side dish ideas, we enjoy sweet potato fries or Oven Fries and some fruit for a simple weeknight meal.

More Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals

Looking for more easy, kid-friendly freezer meals like this one? We have a whole round-up of 30+ Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals here or get started with a few of these favorites…

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Baked Italian Meatballs

Baked Penne Pasta

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

Make or Print This Chicken Burger Recipe

You and your family are going to love this tasty yet light chicken burger recipe! Be sure to Pin it, share it, or print it now.

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Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (2 mini burgers per person) 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs are kid-friendly, healthy and tasty! Freezer meal instructions included. This meal is a winner dinner again and again!


  • 2 pounds ground chicken (sub: ground turkey)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs (recommend: whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs) (*For Gluten-free option see note below.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: cheese slices (i.e. provolone, cheddar, mozzarella)


Make It Now:

  1. In a large bowl, use a fork or your hands to gently combine the ground chicken, garlic, parsley, oregano, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into 16 small patties.
  2. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Coat each patty in the crumbs on both sides; set aside. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmery. Add some of the patties (try not to overcrowd the pan) and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. They are cooked through when there is no longer any pink inside or they reach 165°F internally. (Note: If the patties brown before they’re cooked through, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and continue to cook for a few minutes more.) Repeat this step with the remaining oil and patties.
  4. Serve the chicken burgers a la carte or on mini buns with a cheese slice on top, if desired.

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1-2. Place the patties on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet in a single layer and set in the freezer to flash freeze for about an hour. After they are frozen, transfer to a large resealable bag and store for up to 3 months.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the patties overnight in the refrigerator. Follow Steps 3-4.


*For a Gluten-Free Option: Coat the mini chicken burgers in almond flour or gluten-free breadcrumbs. If serving on buns, use gluten-free buns.

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24 replies
    • Rachel says:

      Yes, you certainly can but I think they turn out best when you freeze them BEFORE cooking them. See our freezing instructions for the best way to prepare them for the freezer.

  1. Donna says:

    Burgers are yummy. I made 4 big ones and served them with spaghetti squash and marinara per your good suggestion. Thanks for the recipe. Will make again!

  2. Kathi Wirth says:

    Just found your website when I was looking for freezer meals. I’m in Australia but my sister and her husband are coming for a month’s visit from the US. I wanted some different meals to freeze and was so excited to see such a variety here! Such a blessing…thanks so much for such a great site! Can’t wait to try them out!

  3. Sahira says:

    Oh. My. God. These were soooo good! I didn’t make the mini versions and they made fantastic, juicy burgers. Love the idea of the lemon juice. Thanks!

  4. Janhavi says:

    Hey Rachel, I tried these burger patties and they turned out so beautiful! My entire family enjoyed it. Thanks a ton! Brilliant recipe and its so easy! I loved it! 😀

  5. Mary Anne Deck says:

    LOVE these recipes and really cant wait to try some of them. The family
    we are signing up for have two little girls so was looking to see something I could add to my chicken n dumplings meal that the kids might enjoy..just in case, Going to do these chicken burgers for sure. They sound so great and would be great for them to have on hand even for a lunch if they don’t use for /with my dinner. Going to get myself signed up for sure..and love your presentation and directions for the recipes!! How could I not be successful with so much help from you. Thanks so Much!!

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks Mary Anne. It’s always encouraging to hear that our recipes (and blog in general) is helpful, so thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. In my humble experience, these chicken burgers are always a win.

  6. Amy M says:

    I made these and they were so yummy! Everyone loved them, but my picky eater she saw the parsley. Next time I’ll make it smaller :)Thank you for the delicious recipe, I’m always nervous trying a new recipe off the internet since everyone has different taste, but this was great!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sue, I have not grilled them. If you do, I would suggest not dipping them in the bread crumbs. You could stir some of the bread crumbs into the mixture, though. We just had these last night and they are so flavorful. Hope you enjoy them and the grilling works out. I think it sounds yummy.

      • Sue says:

        Thanks so much. I would love to get Into freezing a bunch of meals and the ones on this site look awesome! Keep them coming 🙂