Chicken Ranch Burgers

These Chicken Ranch Burgers are a great change of pace from the traditional burger. You’ll love the combination of ranch dressing and barbecue sauce!

In the summer, we grill out. A lot. And love getting creative with our burgers around here. Lasagna burgers, cola burgers, guacamole burgers and bacon burgers are a few of must-haves for picnics.

I really could eat grilled burgers, chicken, pork chops, or any kind of meat, almost every day of the summer and not get sick of it!

chicken burger sandwiches with fries

Ground Chicken Burgers

We often buy ground chicken to replace ground beef, so when I saw this recipe for Chicken Ranch Burgers, I knew it was one we had to try. Ground chicken is much leaner than ground beef, but you may find that it is lacking flavor and dry.

Here’s how to combat that:

  • Mix in seasonings. We use Italian seasoning, onion, garlic and bbq sauce in our burgers to take away that bland flavor.
  • Mix in fat. Adding fat into ground chicken adds moisture and flavor. Use ranch dressing, or even higher fat ranch dip to give the burgers a great texture.
  • Don’t overcook the burgers. Use a internal probe thermometer to make sure burgers come to temperature, but also aren’t overcooked.

One bite from each of us and we were hooked!  These burgers are so full of flavor and were not dry at all  like I thought they might be.  

The barbecue sauce and ranch dressing combination reminded me of the Barbecue Chicken Salad that we love so much.  It was only last year that I started putting ranch dressing and barbecue sauce together. I don’t know what took me so long…it’s fantastic!

ingredients for ground chicken burgers

Tips for Making Burgers:

  • If you don’t have Panko bread crumbs, make some homemade bread crumbs from leftover buns. Break them into pieces and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until they were dry enough to crumble up. This worked great and they ended up more the Panko bread crumb size, bigger than normal store-bought bread crumbs.
  • After I mixed everything up, the meat mixture seemed very wet and I wasn’t confident that they were going to hold together on the grill. I made them about an hour in advance and put them in the fridge.  The patties were firmer after they sat in the fridge and they stuck together through grilling.
uncooked burger on a plate
  • Remember to completely heat the grill up to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit before putting the patties on.  This is our little trick we use, and the meat doesn’t stick to the grill that way.
  • Use a grill pan or an outside grill. If you don’t quite have grilling weather yet, you can even pan fry these easy chicken burgers.
chicken burgers in a grill pan

What toppings go on a chicken burger?

Add similar beef burger toppings to chicken burgers as well. They are almost always delicious with:

chicken burgers with toppings on a plate with fries

Scroll underneath the recipe below for our favorite picnic side dishes to go with burgers.

chicken ranch burger on a bun
chicken ranch burger on a bun

Chicken Ranch Burgers

5 from 1 vote
These Chicken Ranch Burgers are a great change of pace from your traditional hamburger!
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 4 tablespoons ranch dressing

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until completely combined. Form into 4 patties. 
  • Heat your grill to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the grill is heated, put the patties on the grill, cooking for 4-6 minutes on each side. Burgers should test 165º Fahrenheit in the middle.
  • Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing on buns.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 4 patties, with 1 serving being 1 patty. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 986mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 303
Keyword grilling, picnic

This recipe, which we adapted a bit, got great reviews on Julie’s Eats and Treats.

Picnic Side Dishes

If you’re looking for a new side dish to try, here’s our favorite:

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Elizabeth L
9 years ago

I made these last weekend! I think they might have fallen apart because you didn’t use panko. I think the burgers really needed the entire 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs to hold together, plus panko is much more binding than regular breadcrumbs. Either way, I’m sure they still tasted great! 🙂

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Lisa@ Cooking with Curls
9 years ago

These look so yummy!!! I will definitely have to try these 🙂

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
9 years ago

This is definitely a recipe I want to try! These look amazing. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
9 years ago

Looks so simple and yet delicious! I need to be more adventurous with my burger meat choices. Thanks for the reminder!

Kayla
9 years ago

My two favorite flavors together and in a burger!! What a great creation and those grill marks make it look even better!
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Alexa (Kat Biggie)
9 years ago

These look delicious! So glad to see you at Pin It! Tuesday! I’ll be pinning this for sure!

Sue @ thet2women.com
9 years ago

Looks amazing! Thanks for sharen at One Sharendipity pl.

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Tumbleweed Contessa
9 years ago

I love the ranch and BBQ together. I wonder why they don’t make a chip like that? Hmmmm…..time to go to the kitchen! Thanks for sharing at the Burger Bash.

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls
8 years ago

Everyone used to tease me for mixing ranch and barbecue sauce, and now it’s a thing! They look delicious. 🙂

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

I think we eat burgers at least once a week in the Summer – I love finding new ways to have them! 🙂

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6 years ago

This looks incredible. Can’t wait to make it this weekend!

Barbara
2 years ago

Just found your blog and am totally inspired to try SO many recipes, including this one. Do you think it would work with ground turkey? That is what I have in my freezer and don’t want to make an extra trip to grocery store these days.