Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

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Two Taco Chicken Burgers on wood platter with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Welcome to my taco obsession and it’s spillage into every type of food that I make! This recipe was a successful experiment in how tacos can transform into the most incredible burger.  This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It is chock full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you’ve got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  I mean, c’mon, you’ve got to try this!

You know what else is great about these burgers?  You can make a double batch and freeze them raw individually.  Once frozen, you can combine them in an airtight container and store for up to 4 months in the freezer.  Want more freezer hacks?  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Hand holding half of a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

HEALTHIER BURGERS!

We all want to indulge a little during the summer, especially when it comes to grilling and eating outside.  But, indulging doesn’t have to be unhealthy.  You can have a fantastic treat that’s good for you too!  It’s all about balance.  And that’s just what we have here.  

For starters, I’ve replaced the higher calorie beef with very lean white meat chicken.  Next, I added tons of flavor with seasonings and fresh cilantro and scallion to the lean chicken so that you don’t miss anything.  Now, I did add cheese to the top of this guy, but it’s about balance, right?  Lettuce, tomato, and Guacamole are the balance.  The Guacamole has avocado and we all know the health benefits of avocados!  They are loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  They have protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.  And they contain more potassium than a banana!  Here are two more recipes with avocado:  Roasted Cumin Carrots with Avocado Crema and Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado and Red Peppers.

Hand putting lettuce on a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions, cheese, guacamole, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

The only thing you really need for this recipe is something to cook the burgers on. Ideally, this would be a grill of some sort, either outdoor or stovetop grill. If you don’t have a grill available, you can sear the burgers in a hot skillet or frying pan. Cover them to finish cooking through or put in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead. (See full recipe below)

Start by mixing the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.  

Moving on to Taco Chicken burger itself.  I love to add fresh cilantro and scallions to it.  You can go heavier or lighter, but this is really the perfect amount in the recipe.  Next, add in the spices and seasonings: Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, salt.

Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking.

Hand holding a raw chicken patty for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Can I use store bought taco seasoning? 

Sure can!  However, I would say to test cook a tsp of the burger mixture before adding the salt.  Many taco seasonings already have a fair amount of salt in them and if you add more, it could end up being incredibly salty.  To test, just add the teaspoon of mixture to a skillet to cook.

How do I freeze the burgers?

You can freeze the raw patties individually and then store them airtight in the freezer.  This is done easily on a sheet pan in the freezer.  Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container.  You can also store in the fridge or freeze using aluminum foil or parchment paper cut into patty-size squares to separate the burgers and then stack, seal and freeze them. 

Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

They will last for up to 4 months in the freezer.  You need to defrost them in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking.

COOK YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE 

When you are ready to cook the burgers, you can make the guacamole.  This unfortunately, is not a step that can be done in advance as the avocado starts to oxidize and turn brown once exposed to air.  

Knife removing seed from half avocado for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Mixed Guacamole for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

How long does it take to cook the burgers?

The burgers take about 5 minutes per side on an outdoor hot grill. 

Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

On a stovetop grill or in a skillet you will want to first get a good sear on both sides for about 2 minutes each.  Then cover the burgers to finish cooking through, about 4-5 minutes.  You can use aluminum foil to cover.

For any method, you want to ensure that the internal temp reaches 165 F degrees.

Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato,lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! 

Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Taco Chicken Burger cut in half with a bite taken out on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
Taco Chicken Burger cut in half on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
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Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It's chock-full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you've got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  #healthyrecipes #chickenburger #turkeyburger #mexicanfood #familydinnerideas #healthydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers, grilling, ground chicken, mexican burger
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Burgers
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Taco Chicken Burgers

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken, white meat (any ground chicken will work)
  • 4 Scallion
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Olive Oil Spray

Guacamole

  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Burger Toppings

  • 6 Burger Buns
  • 6-12 Slices Monterey Jack Cheese (or Pepper Jack or Cheddar)
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tomatoes, large (for slicing)
  • 1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Mix the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.

  2. Chop the cilantro and slice the scallions for both the burgers and for the guacamole. You can store the guacamole ingredients in the fridge until you are ready to make it.

  3. Make the burgers by placing the ground chicken into a large mixing bowl and then adding the cilantro, scallion, and the remaining spices and seasonings. Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

    Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Make the Guac and Cook the Burgers

  1. Get the toppings ready…slice the tomatoes,shred the lettuce, pull out the buns.

  2. Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a medium mixing bowl and mash it to desired consistency (I like small chunks).  Add the chopped cilantro, sliced scallion,and juice from half of a lime.  Mix to combine.  Add salt to taste.

    Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  3. Before cooking/grilling your burgers, spray with Olive Oil Spray so that the burgers do not stick. Cook your burgers on the grill high heat.  It should take 5 minutes on each side for an outdoor gas or charcoal grill.  Test the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 F degrees.  At the last minute, add the cheese if you want it to be melted down.

    Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  4. Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! Enjoy

    Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!

Garlic Steak Kabobs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

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Nothin’ says Summer to me more than grilling a good kabob!  The fantastic aroma of a smoky bbq fills the entire neighborhood and makes your mouth water.  These Garlic Steak Kabobs with a Creamy Cilantro Sauce are my favorite Summer family dinner.  Beef filet is cut into chunks and then marinated with a delicious garlicy sauce.  Skewered and grilled with onion and red pepper, they are tender, flavorful, and utterly mouthwatering.  Then, drizzle with or dip into a cool and bright Creamy Cilantro Sauce for the perfect bite!

Kabobs are Great for Meal Prep!

Kabobs are also such an easy Meal Prep idea because you can prep them entirely ahead and then simply grill them when you’re ready to eat!  You can also make a double recipe to have leftovers of this delicious meat and then slice for steak sandwiches, a quick stir fry, or add to a mushroom sauce over pasta!  Want more ideas for making food once and getting two dinners out of it?  Click here to get 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

Cilantro Cream sauce in bowl with spoon for Garlic Steak Kabobs. Lime, garlic, and cilantro on counter. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Cilantro – love it or replace it  

Ok, I know that cilantro can be polarizing.  Not everyone love it.  In fact, I spent most of life absolutely hating it.  But then somewhere in my early 30’s, I took a turn.  Today, I truly love it!!  Can’t get enough of it!  If you’re on the fence, please give it a try in this recipe.

If you know it’s not for you, you can certainly swap it for a combination of parsley and dill or basil.

Here are some of the other recipes that Cilantro really brings a delicious impact to:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For kabobs, you do need skewers. I like metal ones vs. wood so that you don’t have to worry about them burning up. You also can wash and reuse metal ones. Flat skewers are also great so that the food doesn’t spin around. You can grill it on one side, then flip the skewer and the food flips too vs. rolls. Finally, LONG skewers are best. Look for 14″ or longer so that whether you want to grill a little or a lot of food, you have the space on the skewer. Here are some skewers that I really like!

For the cilantro sauce, my go-to mini food processor was perfect for the job.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR GARLIC STEAK KABOBS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead! (See full recipe below)

For this recipe, you can marinade the beef, cut the red pepper and onion, and make the Creamy Cilantro Sauce.

Cut red pepper for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Cut onion for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

For the Cilantro sauce, all of the ingredients go right into a food processor.  Blend until smooth and store in the fridge. 

Adding sour cream to cilantro sauce ingredients in food processor for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Zesting lime into cilantro sauce ingredients in food processor for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Squeezing lime into cilantro sauce ingredients in food processor for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Cilantro sauce in food processor for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

What is the best meat for kabobs? 

I love so many different types of kabobs!  Chicken, shrimp, swordfish, and so many veggies are fantastic grilled on a kabob.  The key is to make sure that whatever goes on a skewer is firm enough to stay on as it cooks. 

For beef kabobs, you want to ensure you have a tender cut.  I recommend Petite Beef Filet. It’s one of the most tender cuts without the most expensive price tag. The Petite Filet comes from the shoulder and is so incredibly tender. It tastes very similar to filet mignon, but is much less expensive.

Petit Beef Filets for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

You can either buy the pre-cut beef for kabobs or cut your own into 2 inch cubes.

Then mince the garlic and add it plus the olive oil, seasonings, Worcestershire Sauce, and water to the beef in a storage bag or container.  Rub the marinade around the meat and then store in the fridge until ready to skewer and grill.

Ingredients in bowls for marinade for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Raw beef cubes in bag with marinade for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

What Other Vegetables Can be Added? 

One of the great things about skewers is that you can grill foods that are normally too small or fragile to grill, as they may slip through the grill into the fire.  However, when placing food on a skewer, you want to make sure that all food on one skewer has the same cooking time.  If you place zucchini on these beef skewers, they may turn to complete mush by the time the beef is done.  I really only find that peppers and onions hold up to the beef on the same skewer.

Other veggies that you should put on a separate skewer are zucchini or yellow squash chunks, whole button mushrooms, whole brussels sprouts, Corn chunks.

Finally, veggies that DO NOT do well on a skewer are any with a high water content or extremely long cooking times.  Examples are tomatoes and carrots.  

SKEWER & COOK YOUR GARLIC STEAK KABOBS 

When you’re ready to grill, I think it’s helpful to split the ingredients into the # of skewers I plan to make. So, if I am making 4 skewers, then split the beef cubes into 4 equal portions. Same for the onion and the red pepper. This way you don’t end up with one skewer with very little.

Separate portions of beef, onion and red pepper for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

To make the skewers, simply alternate the red pepper, a couple layers of the onion, then the beef. Repeat until you use up the portioned out ingredients for that skewer. If you want, you can brush additional oil on the skewers, but since you had oil in the marinade, I find that I don’t need any additional for the onion and red pepper.

Tip: A safe way to skewer tougher veggies is to place them on a hard surface and then push the skewer down through them.

Putting skewer through onion and red pepper for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Putting skewer through beef, onion and red pepper for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Putting skewer through onion and red pepper for Garlic Steak Kabobs. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Raw Garlic Steak Kabobs with red pepper and onion on a pan. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Preheat your grill to high. These don’t take much time at all to cook to medium. Place on the grill for about 4-5 minutes, then flip the skewers over and grill the other side for another 4-5 minutes. (4 minutes on each side will get you to a medium-rare and 5 minutes to a medium.)

Garlic Steak Kabobs with red pepper and onion on a grill. #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Garlic Steak Kabobs with red pepper and onion on a sheet pan! #beefkabobs #steakkabobs

Serve with rice or quinoa or potatoes on the side.  Add the cilantro sauce and enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Garlic Steak Kabobs with red pepper and onion on plate with quinoa. Creamy Cilantro Sauce drizzled on top! #beefkabobs #steakkabobs
Garlic Steak Kabobs with red pepper and onion on platter with a Creamy Cilantro Sauce! #beefkabobs #steakkabobs
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Garlic Steak Kabobs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

These Garlic Steak Kabobs with a Creamy Cilantro Sauce are my favorite Summer family dinner.  Beef filet is cut into chunks and then marinated with a delicious garlicy sauce.  Skewered and grilled with onion and red pepper, they are tender, flavorful, and utterly mouthwatering.  Then, drizzle with or dip into a cool and bright Creamy Cilantro Sauce for the perfect bite! #beefkabobs #steakkabobs #kabobideas #summerfood #grillingrecipes

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, beef kabobs, cilantro, filet mignon, grilling, kabobs, steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Steak Marinade

  • 1 lb Beef Cubes for Skewers or Petit Beef filets
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt (table salt is fine as a substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cold Water

Kabobs

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion

Creamy Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. If needed, cut your petit beef filets into 2 inch cubes and place into a large gallon storage bag or container to marinade. Mince the garlic. Add all of the ingredients for the marinade and then rub them all over the beef cubes. Seal the bag or container and place in the fridge until ready to grill (up to 4 days in advance).

  2. Cut the onion in half, then quarters. Cut the red pepper into similar size pieces discarding the seeds and the stem. Store in the fridge until ready to skewer.

  3. Make the Cilantro Cream Sauce by adding all ingredients to the blender. Pulse to get things started and then puree until smooth. Store in the fridge.

Grill!

  1. Before skewering, I like to split the ingredients into the # of skewers I plan to make. So, if I am making 4 skewers, then split the beef cubes into 4 portions. Same for the onion and the red pepper. This way you don't end up with one skewer with very little.

  2. To make the skewers, simply alternate the red pepper, a couple layers of the onion, then the beef. Repeat until you use up the portioned out ingredients for that skewer. If you want, you can brush additional oil on the skewers, but since you had oil in the marinade, I find that I don't need any additional for the onion and red pepper.

  3. Preheat your grill to high. These don't take much time at all to cook to medium. Place on the grill for about 4-5 minutes, then flip the skewers over and grill the other side for another 4-5 minutes. (4 minutes on each side will get you to a medium-rare and 5 minutes to a medium.)

  4. Serve with the cilantro sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I say 4 servings for this recipe, but you should be able to get about 16 cubes of beef out of a pound.  So, depending on what else you are serving and the size eaters you have, that could be 4-6 servings.