Healthy Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers High-Protein

The juiciest and most flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Burgers recipe is made high in protein with ground chicken, egg, almond flour, and cheese. Then, they’re perfectly seasoned with fresh onions, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. Air-frying the juicy patties only takes 10 minutes for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight meal or a July 4th picnic or barbecue.

Ground chicken patty with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.

This is the juiciest and most flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Burgers recipe that couldn’t be any easier to make! The homemade chicken patties are made high protein with ground chicken, egg, almond flour, and cheese. Then, they’re perfectly seasoned with fresh onions, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. Air-frying the juicy patties only takes 10 minutes for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight meal or July 4th picnic or barbecue.

Easy air fryer recipes like this one are a great way to accommodate the whole family regardless of gluten allergies. I include directions for easily pan-frying or baking them in the oven as additional healthy options. 

Are homemade chicken burgers healthier than store-bought ones?

These easy air fryer chicken burgers are healthier than store-bought ones because you can control the ingredients and avoid additives and preservatives. Using lean ground chicken and clean, all-natural ingredients increases the nutritional value.

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Low-Carb Chicken Burger Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Ground chicken patty with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting ground chicken patties:

Ground Chicken: You can substitute ground turkey, ground beef, or ground pork for ground chicken if you prefer. You can use ground chicken made from chicken breast or chicken thighs.

Almond Flour: Using almond flour instead of breadcrumbs increases the protein and flavor of the chicken patties. You can also use panko breadcrumbs, Italian breadcrumbs, crushed crackers, or even oat flour as a substitute.

Monterey Jack Cheese: Don’t have Monterey Jack? No worries! Any other type of shredded cheese, such as cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, or pepper jack, can be used instead to suit your taste.

White Onion: Red onion or shallots can be used as a substitute for white onion.

Fresh Garlic Cloves: This adds incredible flavor, but you can substitute it with garlic powder.

Worcestershire Sauce: Soy sauce or tamari can be used as a substitute for Worcestershire sauce. Use gluten-free Worcestershire sauce or amino acids if needed. You can also omit it.

Italian Seasoning: If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can use a combination of dried oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary or fresh herbs.

Paprika: Smoked paprika or chili powder can be used as a substitute for paprika.

Onion Powder: You can omit the onion powder if needed.

Egg: To make this recipe egg-free, you can use a flaxseed or chia seed “egg” (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit for 5 minutes to thicken).

Ground chicken patty with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.

How to Make My Air Fryer Chicken Patties Recipe

Here are easy, step-by-step instructions for the best ground chicken burgers in an air fryer, oven, or frying pan:

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Mixture

Add one egg to a large bowl and gently whisk until combined. Then add the shredded Monterey Jack cheese, almond flour (or breadcrumbs), finely diced white onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Add the ground chicken and fold it into the ingredients with your hands just until combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Adding seasonings to bowl.

Step 2: Form the Chicken Patties 

Place a sheet of parchment on your cutting board or work surface. Divide the chicken mixture into 4-5 equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick on the parchment paper. 

Dividing meat mixture into five sections.
Shaping chicken patties on a piece of parchment paper.

Step 3: Air Fry the Chicken Burgers

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3. Spray the basket with non-pressurized oil spray. Do not use non-stick cooking spray as this can damage some air fryers.

Place chicken patties in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other. Lightly baste the top of each patty with light olive oil or avocado oil.

Cook at 400°F (200°C) for about 10 minutes. Half-way through, flip the patties over and baste the top with oil again. Then continue to cook until the burgers are golden brown and cooked through (the internal temperature of the chicken patty should reach 165°F or 74°C).

Once cooked, remove the chicken burgers from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes for the juiciest burgers. 

Brushing oil on top of chicken patties in air fryer.

How to Pan-Fry Chicken Burgers

Preheat the Pan: Heat a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat. If desired, you can add a small amount of oil to the pan, but it’s unnecessary if using a non-stick pan.

Cook the Burgers: Place the chicken patties in the preheated pan, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook the patties for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Use a spatula to carefully flip the patties halfway through cooking.

Check for Doneness: The internal temperature of the chicken burgers should reach 165°F (74°C) when fully cooked. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

How to Bake Juicy Chicken Burgers in the Oven

Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Place on a Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Place the chicken patties on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each patty.

Bake the Burgers: Bake the chicken burgers in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Flip the burgers halfway through cooking for even browning.

Ground chicken patty with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Patties Recipe Notes

Almond Flour: Almond flour is used as a low-carb, gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs. If you prefer, you can use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers instead.

Fresh Onion and Garlic: Freshly minced garlic and finely diced onion add great flavor to the burgers. You can use onion powder and garlic powder instead for gentler digestion.

Seasonings: The combination of Worcestershire sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper adds depth of flavor to the burgers. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

Air Fryer Cooking: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and model of your air fryer. Make sure to flip the burgers halfway through cooking for even browning.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few delicious ways to enjoy your juicy chicken burgers:

  • As a lettuce wrap on large leaves of romaine or green leafy lettuce. You can also chop up the chicken patty and toss it with a salad.
  • As a classic burger with hamburger buns, pretzel buns, brioche buns, or gluten-free hamburger buns if needed.
  • Along with a side of french fries, parmesan crusted potatoes, roasted feta carrots, or sweet potato stacks.
  • With any of your favorite toppings, including a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, onions, pickles, or your favorite condiments like ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, or mayo.

Refrigeration: Store any leftover chicken patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing Raw Patties: If you want to freeze the uncooked chicken burger patties, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the patties to a freezer-safe bag or freezer-safe container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Freezing Cooked Burgers: Cooked chicken burgers can also be frozen. Allow them to cool completely, then wrap each burger individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the air fryer or oven until heated through.

Reheating: To reheat cooked chicken burgers, you can use the air fryer, oven, or microwave. For the air fryer, cook at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until heated through. In the oven, wrap the burgers in foil and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes. In the microwave, place the burgers on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.

Meal Prep: You can also prepare the chicken mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before forming the patties and cooking them in the air fryer. This can help save time when you’re ready to cook.

How do I keep chicken burgers from falling apart?
Adding a binding agent like egg, breadcrumbs, or almond flour can help hold the chicken burgers together. I use egg and almond flour in this recipe to increase the protein and make it gluten-free. It’s also important to handle the mixture gently when forming the patties.

Can I use regular breadcrumbs instead of almond flour in this air fryer ground chicken burgers recipe?
Yes, you can use regular breadcrumbs or panko bread crumbs as a substitute for almond flour.

Can I grill these juicy chicken burgers instead of using an air fryer?
Yes, you can grill the chicken burgers on an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Cook them over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Can I use ground beef instead of ground chicken in this chicken burger air fryer recipe?
Yes, you can use ground beef or any other ground meat you prefer, such as turkey or pork.

How do I know when the chicken burgers are cooked through?
The internal temperature of the chicken burgers should reach 165°F (74°C) when fully cooked. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Can I make the chicken mixture ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the chicken mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 1 day before forming the patties and cooking them in the air fryer.

How do I make gluten-free chicken burgers with this recipe?
Use almond flour and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free including the worcestershire sauce.

Ground chicken patty with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.

Healthy Juicy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers High-Protein Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
The juiciest and most flavorful Air Fryer Chicken Burgers recipe is made high in protein with ground chicken, egg, almond flour, and cheese. Then, they're perfectly seasoned with fresh onions, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning. Air-frying the juicy patties only takes 10 minutes for an easy dinner on a busy weeknight meal or a July 4th picnic or barbecue.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or bread crumbs)
  • 1/3 cup white onion (finely diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add one egg to a large bowl and gently whisk until combined. Then add the shredded Monterey Jack cheese, almond flour (or breadcrumbs), finely diced white onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Add the ground chicken and fold it into the ingredients with your hands just until combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Place a sheet of parchment on your cutting board or work surface. Divide the chicken mixture into 4-5 equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick on the parchment paper. 
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 3. Spray the basket with non-pressurized oil spray. Do not use non-stick cooking spray as this can damage some air fryers.
    Place chicken patties in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other. Lightly baste the top of each patty with light olive oil or avocado oil.
    Cook at 400°F (200°C) for about 10 minutes. Half-way through, flip the patties over and baste the top with oil again. Then continue to cook until the burgers are golden brown and cooked through (the internal temperature of the chicken patty should reach 165°F or 74°C).
    Once cooked, remove the chicken burgers from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes for the juiciest burgers. 

Pan-Fried Chicken Burger Instructions:

  • Heat a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat. If desired, you can add a small amount of oil to the pan, but it's unnecessary if using a non-stick pan.
    Place the chicken patties in the preheated pan, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook the patties for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Use a spatula to carefully flip the patties halfway through cooking.
    The internal temperature of the chicken burgers should reach 165°F (74°C) when fully cooked. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Oven Baked Chicken Burger Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Place the chicken patties on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each patty.
    Bake the chicken burgers for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Flip the burgers halfway through cooking for even browning.

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Notes

Almond Flour: Almond flour is used as a low-carb, gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs. If you prefer, you can use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers instead.
Fresh Onion and Garlic: Freshly minced garlic and finely diced onion add great flavor to the burgers. You can use onion powder and garlic powder instead for gentler digestion.
Seasonings: The combination of Worcestershire sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper adds depth of flavor to the burgers. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences.
Air Fryer Cooking: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and model of your air fryer. Make sure to flip the burgers halfway through cooking for even browning.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 28gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 770mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 170IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken burgers, ground chicken, hamburgers, low-carb burger
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11 Comments

  1. So delicious!! Our new favorite chicken burger recipe!!! Made it over the weekend and the whole family loved them !!! Even made a portion of the meat into nuggets for my grandson!!!
    Thank you for sharing another amazing and delicious recipe!!!
    So delicious!!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a seriously good burger!! I’ve never used almond flour in a burger before but it tastes so good! And i love the extra protein.

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