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French Onion Grilled Chicken Burgers

French Onion Grilled Chicken Burgers are made with lots of grilled onions and a cream cheese topping made with onion soup mix. These are the best chicken burgers ever!

French Onion Grilled Chicken Burgers are made with lots of grilled onions and a cream cheese topping made with onion soup mix.

Everyone needs a simple trick up their sleeve and resorting to onion soup mix is mine.

And if you have too much topping, it easily becomes a dip for potato chips! Just sayin’!

I love the fact that just onions and an onion topping can replace ketchup, mustard, onion and pickle.

Onions are essential in my kitchen and I always have them in my pantry or fridge.

I’m not a meat eater, but I can’t go without burgers.

In fact years ago when I gave up meat, not eating burgers was what I missed most.

Chicken breasts are great, but just don’t compare to a ground meat burger.

In this case a chicken patty ground meat burger.

And I don’t care what anyone says but turkey burgers just don’t cut it for me.

chicken burgers on grill

How to Grill Chicken Burgers:

It took me a long time to perfect the art of grilling ground chicken burgers.

If you’ve ever tried it you will know that chicken meat doesn’t come together the same way as ground beef.

Once you season your chicken it is like throwing a ball of mush on the grill and I’ve even had to pry up the grill grates when the ground chicken slides beneath them.

Well, I think I’ve finally found the secret to grilling chicken burgers.

It involves adding a few panko crumbs which seem to soak up some of the moisture in the chicken meat.

That and a little seasoning and some chilling in the fridge does the trick.

I know you have to plan ahead to allow for the chilling, but these onion burgers are so worth it.

So fair notice. If you want to try this chicken burger recipe on the 4th of July, start chilling them on the 3rd!

These French Onion grilled chicken burgers are my newest concoction.

I love making onion soup dip with Lipton’s onion soup mix whenever I’m in a pinch, so having some on hand allowed me to make these patties up quickly.

Making them ahead of time also allows the meat to absorb some of the flavors from the seasonings; similar to marinating.

These are as simple as adding a bit of seasoning, some Panko crumbs and a dash of Worcestershire.

I also sliced lots of onions and tossed them with a bit of oil and salt and pepper and threw them on the grill which made a great topping, in addition to the French oniony cream cheese I dolloped on these burgers.

Chicken Burger with Onions on grill

Check out this fun method for making ground chicken burgers.

If you aren’t a fan, just leave the onion soup mix out.

I think you will still be happy with the result and as far as I’m concerned this chicken burger totally satisfies my burger craving.

Maybe you have some folks coming over who aren’t red meat eaters and maybe you just want a change…but whatever the reason check the French Onion Grilled Chicken burgers out!

Grilled Chicken Burger on Grill

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French Onion Grilled chicken Burgers

French Onion Grilled Chicken Burgers

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


French Onion Grilled Chicken Burgers are made with lots of grilled onions and a cream cheese topping made with onion soup mix. These are the best chicken burgers ever!


Units Scale

Chicken Burgers

1 lb ground chicken

1/2 envelope of Lipton’s Onion soup mix

1/4 c Panko crumbs

1 1/2 T Worcestershire Sauce

1 egg

Several grinds of fresh black pepper

Cream Cheese Topping

4 oz softened cream cheese

1 T mayonnaise

1/2 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix

2 minced scallions

Onion Topping

1/2 of Bermuda onion, sliced thin

1/2 of large sweet onion, sliced thin

1 T olive oil

Salt and Pepper

4 buns for serving


To make chicken burger combine all burger ingredients and shape into 4 patties. Place on a plate and chill for about 24 hours. (Chilling helps the burger keeps its shape and lets the flavors in the burger become more concentrated.)

To make cream cheese topping combine all softened ingredients and chill. When ready to place on burgers this will soften and melt on top. However if you choose to make this the day of, keep this at room temperature and just dollop on the burgers before serving.

For onion topping, mix onions, oil, salt and pepper in a zip lock bag.

Preheat grill to medium high. Cook burger on a well oiled grill. I always spray my burgers on both sides with cooking spray so they don’t stick. Cook about 3-4 minutes per side but check for doneness. Chicken should NOT be pink inside.

While cooking burgers, dump onion mixture on a grill tray. While you are attending to the burgers, give them a stir now and then so they don’t burn. I however, like them more on the crispy side.

Before burgers are all the way done, warm your buns on the grill. I would spray them also with a little cooking spray. When burgers are cooked, place one on the bottom half of each bun and top with 1 T of cream cheese topping. Add a spoonful of onions and place the top half on the bun on the burger. Close the grill lid for a moment to let the topping warm up a bit. Enjoy!


Chicken Burgers should be chilled overnight for best results.


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Mary kuduk

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Can I put the burger in the freezer for 15 minutes before grilling. I will be running late to cool it overbite?

Mary kuduk

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

@Abbe, will do, looks great for people with arthritis and lactaid intollarence if you use vegan cream cheese


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

I would give it a try. Just don't let them freeze. Let me know how they turn out!

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Monday 9th of July 2018

Abbe, your burgers sound great. I've pinned and can't wait to give them a try.


Monday 2nd of July 2018

I love grilled onions on my burgers and your chicken burgers look amazing, Abbe! Love the idea of using panko crumbs.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Saturday 30th of June 2018

gawd that burger looks good. Pinning.

John / Kitchen Riffs

Friday 29th of June 2018

A good burger is really good stuff, isn't it? I'll never tire of burgers. I usually make mine beef, but chicken is good too. The Panko crumb trick is a good one -- I'll have to try that. Thanks!