Go Back
+ servings
side shot of assembled grilled chicken burger

The Easiest Grilled Chicken Burger

This easy grilled chicken burger is tender, juicy, and delicious with added cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes, and BBQ sauce. Plus it's super easy to make for guests or when you don't want to heat up your kitchen by using the oven.
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Rebecca


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • grill
  • tongs


  • 1 6-8 oz chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices pepperjack cheese or cheddar
  • ½ whole red onion sliced thinly
  • ½ whole beefsteak tomato sliced thinly
  • 2 leaves lettuce green leaf or romaine
  • 2 hamburger buns whole wheat or white
  • BBQ sauce


  • Start by heating up your grill or grill pan. Once your grill is hot, place chicken breast(s) on grill. Scroll down to see my tips on cooking adjustments for different sized chicken breasts. Start by cooking for 5-6 minutes on the first side, then check doneness after 5-6 minutes on the second side.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, top each breast with a slice of your favorite cheese. It should melt while the chicken rests.
  • While the chicken breasts are cooking, grill one (or 2) slices of onions per burger.
  • Next, prepare the toppings. Use what you have on hand or get some leaf lettuce, tomato, onions, and avocado. You can use the leftover veggies to make quick salads or to top sandwiches later in the week.
  • Serve with french fries, veggie sticks, or any of these salads.


  • A cast iron skillet is also a great substitute for a grill/grill pan.
  • Just use the size of chicken breasts that you find at your local grocery store. I've found many to be 6-8 ounces. Feel free to cut them in half if needed.
  • Check doneness with a meat thermometer, it should be 165 degrees or by slicing it down the center. Meat will be white inside, and juices clear.
  • Cover chicken breasts with tin foil or a dome to melt cheese more quickly.
  • Red onions add a great flavor, but you can honestly use any type of onion in this recipe.