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Southwest chicken burgers topped with black beans, tomatoes, and avocados.
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Healthy Southwest Chicken Burgers

If you are looking for a healthy burger recipe with loads of flavor, this is it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean, burger, chicken, chili powder, cumin, southwest
Servings: 10
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 ½-2 pounds chicken breast I grind mine in the food processor, if you don't have one, buy ground chicken.
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper You can add more if you like it spicier!
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • black beans, tomatoes, and avocados for topping if you are using them


  • If you are using the whole chicken breast as I did, place it in the food processor. Pulse until they are broken up, but not mush.
  • Add the chicken, eggs, panko, and seasoning to a bowl and mix well. I like to do this with my hands, but you can also use a spoon if you like.
  • Heat your pan over medium heat. Once it is heated, add the olive oil and heat that as well.
  • Form your burgers and add to the pan. I have to do this in 2 groups as my pan was not big enough for them all at once.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and serve as desired.


  • There are 2 really important things to note about making these burgers. The first is DO NOT OVERCOOK it can be tempting to cook these for as long as you would a beef burger, but don't do it.
  • Chicken breast is much leaner meat and it will dry out quickly, so don't overdo it. 3-4 minutes is good.
  • I used a 10-inch non-stick skillet for cooking my burgers. You could also use a cast-iron skillet, griddle, etc.
  • Mix the burger mix well, but don't mix in a mixer and compact the meat. That is why I like to get my hands in there. This allows you to mix it well without mixing it too much. I do not recommend using a mixer to do this.
  • There are several ways to serve these yummy burgers. I kept it simple by topping it with black beans, tomatoes, and avocados. This is a really healthy way to eat the burger.
  • You can also make it like a traditional burger, served on a bun with all the toppings you love.
  • Or for another low-carb option, you can go a lettuce wrap with it instead of the bun. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this burger!