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Jerk Chicken Burger Recipe

Jerk chicken burgers

If you like a bit of heat you will love this easy chicken burger recipe with jerk seasoning. You can make it as hot as you like it.

It can be hard to get chicken burgers to be really tasty, but this mix of savory, spicy seasonings do the trick. They bring the flavors of the Caribbean to the table in just minutes.

Nutmeg and cinnamon in a burger recipe may sound pretty strange, but they are essential to that familiar jerk seasoning taste, so don’t leave them out. Of course you can adjust the amount of heat to the level you are comfortable with.

Jerk chicken burgers

Jerk Chicken Burger Recipe

If you like a bit of heat you will love this easy chicken burger recipe with jerk seasoning. It can be tricky to get chicken burgers to be really tasty, but this mix of savory, spicy seasonings do the trick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main or Side
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 197 kcal


  • 1 pound ground chicken, or turkey
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, or 1/2 teaspoon hot red chili flakes
  • 1 or 2 limes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oil


  • Place the ground chicken or turkey in a medium-sized bowl. Seed and finely chopped the peppers and add them to the meat. Finely grate 2 teaspoons of peel from the lime and squeeze out 1 tablespoon of juice. Add it to the meat, along with the garlic, cayenne, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Using your hands or a fork, mix it together just until everything is evenly combined.
  • Shape the mixture into four burgers, each about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook until browned on both sides about four minutes per side, then reduce the heat to medium low. Add a little more oil, if needed. Cover and cook until the burgers feel firm when pressed with your finger and no pink remains in the center, from 2 to 4 more minutes per side.
  • Split hamburger buns and toast, if you like, then place the chicken burger on the bun. These island style burgers are great topped with sliced tomatoes, lettuce and tangy coleslaw.
  • And don't forget your favorite hot sauce if you like it island style. Add it to the burger mix and on top if you love heat.


Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 20gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 215mgPotassium: 673mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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Serves 4.

To Barbecued the Chicken Burgers: Generously oil a grill and preheat the barbecue to medium. Grill the burgers with lid closed until they feel firm when pressed and no pink remains in the center, from 7 to 12 minutes per side.


  • Use scotch bonnet peppers if you really like heat, but remember they are EXTREMELY hot.

  • Make it low carb by skipping the bun and just adding lots of veggies to your meal.

  • Cool the burgers down by topping them with chopped pineapple or an easy pineapple salsa.

If you love the flavors of the islands you will love this jerk chicken burger recipe.

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If you like these chicken burgers, have a look at our recipe for turkey burgers. You can exchange the meats you use to make either of these a chicken burger or turkey burger recipe.

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