BBQ Chicken Burgers

by Erin

These BBQ chicken burgers have BBQ pulled pork mixed right into the patty. A combination that will make you crave chicken burgers.

So far I am pleasantly surprised with the meals and desserts I have made with what is already stocked in my kitchen. But I had to cave on buying ground chicken in order make these burgers. They have been on my cooking “to do” list for too long. Besides, I had some leftover root beer pulled pork begging for a purpose and used it instead of what I assume was supposed to be dry pulled pork in the ingredient list. Sometimes I think I am really good at finding new life to leftovers.

Mine didn’t come out looking nearly as gorgeous as Tara’s from Smells Like Home (maybe it’s the lack of BBQ sauce oozing down the sides), but it’s what’s inside that counts! Which just so happens to be yummy deliciousness.




1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup molasses

2 Tbsp very finely chopped (or grated) onion

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Hot sauce, to taste


  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Cook the sauce about 7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.  The sauce should be reduced down to approximately 1 cup.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  The sauce will keep, refrigerated, for about 1 week.



1 lb ground chicken

1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal

1 scallion, minced

1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp kosher salt

Pinch cayenne

2 tsp brown sugar

2/3 cup chopped pulled pork

5 tbsp BBQ sauce, divided

Red onion slices

Sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

Additional BBQ sauce

Hamburger buns (I used Deli thins, just because that’s what I had)


  1. Prepare grill*.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cornbread, scallion, cilantro, paprika, garlic, mustard, salt, cayenne, brown sugar, pork, and 2 tablespoons of the bbq sauce.  Lightly but thoroughly mix with your hands to incorporate all the ingredients.  Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce to a small bowl.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties.  Brush the grates of the grill with olive oil.  Place the burgers and onions on the grill, and cook the burgers 5-6 minutes, then flip.  Turn the onions as well.  Brush the cooked sides with half the reserved BBQ sauce.  After 3-4 minutes, flip the burgers again. glazing the other side with the remaining BBQ sauce.  Place a slice of cheese on each patty, and lay the buns, cut side down, on the grill.  Close the lid and allow the cheese to melt and the buns to toast.
  4. Remove all the food from the grill, assembling the burgers as desired.  Serve with additional BBQ sauce if desired.

*I do not have a grill, but the George Foreman worked just fine.

Source: Smells Like Home, originally from Pink Parsley and Everyday Annie.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 30, 2011 - 7:50 pm

Oh my gosh, these look AMAZING!! I love BBQ chicken anything, and combine that with some cheese and red onions, yum!

Vicki @ WITK July 28, 2011 - 9:07 pm

It’s okay, I would have gone out to buy chicken to make these too :) I love non-traditional burgers, these look like a total winner!

spiffycookie July 29, 2011 - 8:05 am

That they certainly were!

janet@fromcupcakestocaviar July 28, 2011 - 12:21 pm

These sound delicious! I love the amount of molasses in the bbq sauce; I have always enjoyed the flavor it adds to things. Definitely making this soon

briarrose July 27, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Great recipe. I crave chicken burgers now. ;) Lovely seasoning mix and the cornbread is a fun addition.

Lauren July 27, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Isn’t it so fulfilling making delicious dinners with what you have on hand already? I love doing that…We would love these burgers! We are all over bbq anything!

spiffycookie July 27, 2011 - 4:02 pm

It truly is. You should try these!

Heather I. July 27, 2011 - 1:35 pm

I’m on the hunt for some tasty dinner recipes. This sounds perfect for us! Mmmmm, BBQ….

spiffycookie July 27, 2011 - 1:50 pm

It is definitely tasty!


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