These light and easy Chicken Caesar Burgers are a deconstructed take on the classic salad.  No egg, breadcrumbs or weird fillers, just ground chicken and everything you love about Caesar salad, served on a buttery brioche bun!

Chicken Caesar Burgers with Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce Overhead shot of the ingredients to make Chicken Caesar Burgers in a bowl with the written ingredient names pointing to each ingredient

Hey hi hiiii, friends!

Welcome to Monday!

Waaait.  Before you roll your eyes at me for my chipper disposition, just know that this ain’t any ‘ole run of the mill Monday.

No ma’am.

THIS is the LAST Monday of OFFICIAL spring!

Are you shocked?  Did you think we were already all up in official summer?

Well, silly pants, we aren’t.

Not yet.

We are, like, thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close though.

Summer officially starts Wednesday, June 21st at 12:24 a.m. EDT.

Hooray!

Despite the fun fact that we are still very much in spring, we are going to EAT like it’s officially summer.

Why?

Because BURGERS.

I need to eat some burgers.  You need to eat some burgers.  WE NEED TO EAT SOME BURGERS.

AmIRite?

Overhead shot of a Chicken Caesar Burger on a wooden board and piece of parchment paper with the top bun, a knife, french fries, slices of onion and cheese around the board Angled shot of a Chicken Caesar Burger with the top bun tipped off and a jar of Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce and french fries in the background

Chicken Caesar Burgers with Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce

AKA a chicky Caesar salad and a bodacious burger had a weeee little baby, wrapped it in some parm sauce and lovingly stuffed into it a fluffy brioche cloud of yum.

⬆️  Wait… Did I just get too weird?

Yes?  Oh.  🙄

Tender, juicy ground chicken patties with notes of salty parmesan, pungent garlic, herbaceous parsley and flavorful Caesar dressing.

Topped off, and piled high with your favorite classic Caesar salad accoutrements – think lettuce (duh), tomatoes, red onion, anchovies (YES!) and thin shavings of parmesan.

Served up on a soft and buttery brioche bun generously smeared with a thick and creamy sauce spiked with parmesan, garlic and black pepper.

The sauce mimics and highlights the flavors in the burger, and together everything just SO gosh darn GOOD.

Crisp and cool, warm and savory.

Carb-tastically delicious, yet lighter and healthier, because none of those red-meat-sweats happening here.

You’re going to want to turn ALL your salads into burgers.

Trust and believe.

Straight on shot of a Chicken Caesar Burger next to a knife and fries with a jar of Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce and a basket of french fries in the background Close up shot of a Chicken Caesar Burger next to a knife and fries with a jar of Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce and a basket of french fries in the background

Recipe Tips, Tricks & Notes:

  1. While the recipe calls for any ground chicken, I highly suggest you use ground dark meat chicken.  Lean ground chicken breast is fine, but your burger won’t be as flavorful and juicy.
  2. For the Caesar dressing in the recipe below, you can either make your own or use your favorite store bought dressing.  Just make sure you use a dressing that is THICK.  If you use one of those fat free or vinaigrette style dressings your burger is going to turn out not so great.  So, if you are buying the dressing make sure you buy a quality brand that makes a CREAMY style Caesar dressing.
  3. The topping options for these burgers are limitless.  I listed some of my favorites in the recipe below, but feel free to keep these minimalistic (with just lettuce and tomato), or let your imagination run wild (with additions such as avocado and sliced hard boiled eggs).  If you are a big fan of truly classic Caesar salads, I highly encourage you to add a few anchovies on top!!
  4. If you are a caesar salad sans the croutons type of person, serve this burger wrapped up in lettuce and nix the bun!

Straight on, extreme close up shot of a Chicken Caesar Burger loaded with lettuce, tomato, red onion, Parmesan cheese and Parmesan peppercorn sauce on a brioche bun Shot of the inside of a Chicken Caesar Burger cut in half next french fries with a basket of fries blurred in the background

These Chicken Caesar Burgers are everything you love about the traditional salad, just stuffed between two buttery brioche buns!  Healthier and lighter, these salad inspired bad boys are a great alternative to traditional red meat burgers!

Until Thursday friends, cheers – to mashing up the classics.

-XOXO-

Cheyanne

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Chicken Caesar Burgers with Parmesan-Peppercorn Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
These light and easy Chicken Caesar Burgers are a deconstructed take on the classic salad. No egg, breadcrumbs or weird fillers, just ground chicken and everything you love about Caesar salad, served on a buttery brioche bun!
Course: entree, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 483 kcal
Author: Cheyanne Bany
Ingredients
BURGER:
  • 1 Pound Ground Chicken *
  • 3 TBS Parmesan Cheese – grated
  • 2 TBS Caesar dressing (use your favorite or make your own)*
  • 1 large clove Garlic – minced
  • 1 TBS Fresh Parsley – finely chopped (can substitute 1 tsp dried parsley)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Few Dashes of each: Worcestershire Sauce & Hot Sauce (optional)
  • Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper , to taste
SAUCE:
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan – grated
  • 1 clove Garlic – minced
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS/ACCOUTREMENTS:
  • 4 Brioche Burger Buns – toasted (optional)
  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Anchovies
  • Micro Greens
  • Sliced Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Lemon Wedges , for serving
Instructions
  1. Make the burger patties: In a bowl, combine the chicken, parmesan, ceasar dressing, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, Worcestershire and a dash of hot sauce (if using). Season with a pinch of salt and a generous amount of pepper. Mix together and form 4 round burger patties. Transfer patties to a plate, cover and chill for 30 minutes, or up to overnight.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Stir in ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper and a pinch of salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  3. Cook the burgers: Brush both sides of each patty lightly with oil. Heat a large nonstick skillet, grill or grill pan over medium to medium-high heat*. Add patties and cover skillet with a lid, or close grill top. Cook, flipping once halfway through cooking, for 8-10 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.
  4. To serve: Place the patties on the bottom bun and top with desired accoutrements. Slather the top bun with parmesan peppercorn sauce and place burger tops (sauce side down) on burgers. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

1. While the recipe calls for any ground chicken, I highly suggest you use ground dark meat chicken. Lean ground chicken breast is fine, but your burger won’t be as flavorful and juicy.

 

2. For the Caesar dressing, you can either make your own or use your favorite store bought dressing. Just make sure you use a dressing that is THICK. If you use one of those fat free or vinaigrette style dressings your burger is going to turn out not so great. So, if you are buying the dressing make sure you buy a quality brand that makes a CREAMY style Caesar dressing.

 

3. The topping options for these burgers are limitless. I listed some of my favorites in the recipe below, but feel free to keep these minimalistic (with just lettuce and tomato), or let your imagination run wild (with additions such as avocado and sliced hard boiled eggs). If you are a big fan of truly classic Caesar salads, I highly encourage you to add a few anchovies on top!!

 

4. If you are a caesar salad sans the croutons type of person, serve this burger wrapped up in lettuce and nix the bun!

 

*Nutritional Information includes the burger, sauce and bun

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Caesar Burgers with Parmesan-Peppercorn Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 623mg 26%
Potassium 666mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 3.7%
Calcium 21.2%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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