Guess What? Father’s Day is right around the corner – you might be welcoming your crew, and is there a more perfect way to celebrate than with our easy and delish chicken feta burgers?
I think not!
In our house, when I think DAD and FOOD the the first three words that come to mind are BBQ, MEAT and RIBS – I don’t know why? Maybe too many years watching The Flinstones as a child? Gawd, I loved that show – remember the huge Brontosaurus ribs Fred would order that would tip over his car? I digress…
Well – if Dad loves a good plate of ribs – we’ve got you covered HERE – but today we are seeing many Dad’s try to lighten things up with leaner meats, or taking beef off the menu completely for other reasons. Today we are talking CHICKEN BURGERS – easy and delish chicken feta burgers.
I can’t tell you how many times I have made this recipe. This recipe works great for an every day family meal – who doesn’t love it when you say burgers are for dinner? But it works equally well for a crowd.
I have had many evenings with friends where these burgers were on the menu. And every time I make them there are two comments.
- Can I please get the recipe
- Chicken burgers are always dry – these are so good – how do you make them so they aren’t dry?
I’m telling you in all the times I have made these burgers, not once have we worried about them being dry. It’s the feta – it works every time.
It amazes me that such a simple recipe is so sought after but it seems a simple chicken burger recipe that actually tastes good is pretty hard to find.
No doubt you have made a homemade burger before, all I can really provide you with is MY tips for these chicken burgers.
Mix it Up
For the perfect chicken burger, I like a mixture of lean ground chicken breast and lean ground chicken thighs. I like a 3:1 ratio. So if I’m cooking for a crowd, or just wanting to ensure a good amount of leftovers, I use 3 lbs of lean chicken breast and 1 lb of the ground chicken thighs. I find that the mixture still remains lean, but the chicken thighs add just a touch of moisture to make it perfect.
The “Right” Kind of Feta
I love any kind of cheese – and a solid block of feta is my choice for most recipes. BUT – for these chicken burgers, I like the “pre-crumbled” feta.
I use Tre Stelle Crumbled Feta – but really any brand of crumbled feta will do.
Yes – I know you can crumble up the ‘true feta” but the moisture in that seems higher, and can make your burger mixture a little too wet. As we are not adding any bread crumbs to this mixture, you need it to be the right consistency to hold together on the grill.
A Little Chill Time
If you are in a rush, these burgers perform well right after you form them. But in my experience, if you’ve even got a half hour to chill them in the fridge once you’ve formed them into burgers, they are even better.
When prepping the burgers, to prevent any stickiness, I prep a three sheets of wax paper ahead of time by spraying them with a little cooking spray. Place the first sheet of wax paper on your platter. Form your first six burgers then add a sprayed piece of wax paper. Form your second six burgers. Top with another sprayed piece of wax paper. That way, you don’t have to wash your gucky hands until the end 🙂
Olive Oil is your Friend
I like to brush a little olive oil on the burgers prior to placing on the grill. Don’t go crazy, but a little oil will help with the flip! Because these burgers don’t have a ton of fat in them, the olive oil makes sure you don’t have burgers that stick to the grill and make a mess.
Temperature is Everything
While medium rare beef burgers may be a thing, uncooked chicken burgers are NOT. Cook your burgers to an internal temperature of 165F.
My husband is the grill master in our home, and he takes our burgers off the grill at about 160F and lets them tent under foil for about 5 minutes – they come to that 165F mark then.
Easy and Delish Chicken Feta Burgers
- 4 lbs Ground Chicken See notes above on what mixture I use
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese See notes above on my fav.
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes optional for a little heat
- Pre-heat your grill to medium heat
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Form into 12 burgers – place on wax paper sprayed with a little kitchen spray
- If you have time, chill in the fridge for about 1/2 hour or longer if you wish
- When ready to cook, brush both sides of burger with olive oil.
- Grill for about 6-8 minutes a side until chicken reaches 165F
- Use your favorite condiments to make the ultimate burger!
Here’s hoping you find these burgers as delish as we do in our house – don’t forget to comment below or tag us when you make these – we love it when we see our recipes in your homes!
Happy Father’s Day y’all 🙂