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Rosemary Garlic & Lemon Chicken Burgers

24 Mar

Grilling season has started early here in MN. We have recently had some record busting temperatures around here, to be exact 17 Twin Cities records and 8 state records have been broken in March (MPR shout out)!! The gorgeous weather has made it impossible not to get out and fire up the grill! When I think grilling I automatically think burgers. Of course there are many other wonderful things to put on the grill but we tend to make a lot of burgers at our place. I have to admit I have never used ground chicken for a burger which is odd since we always make turkey burgers and you would think the next logical step would be a chicken burger right?

I had this burger last weekend on a little north woods getaway and honestly couldn’t wait to make it again as soon as possible. Not only is this burger a cinch to make but is also relatively healthy too! We didn’t have any arugula on hand so we just used some salad greens. You can also sub out the full fat mayonnaise if you would like a lighter version.

Happy Grilling!!

Ingredients (adapted from Food Network)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed through a garlic press or very finely minced
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tbls of lemon juice


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sandwich rolls or burger buns
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup arugula, divided

Arugula Dressing

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic
  • Small squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Serves: 4

Time: 30 min (prep) & 7-10 min (cooking)

For the mayonnaise: Let the garlic sit in the lemon juice for about 3-5 minutes. This helps mellow the sometimes bitter taste that fresh garlic can have. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, garlic & lemon juice, lemon zest and rosemary; set aside.

For the burgers: Oil the grates of the grill before you turn it on. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, add the ground chicken, Panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, half of the olive oil (this will help keep the chicken from sticking to your hands) and 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture. Gently combine the ingredients and form the chicken mixture into 4 patties. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.

While the burgers rest, toss the arugula in the olive oil and balsamic dressing. Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil and a small amount of the mayonnaise. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden.

To assemble the burgers: Spread a dollop of the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the tops and bottoms of the toasted buns. Place the chicken burgers on the bottom halves of the buns. Top each with 1/4 cup of arugula and finish with the top half of the bun.