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!
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!
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.
- 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.
What toppings go on a chicken burger?
Add similar beef burger toppings to chicken burgers as well. They are almost always delicious with:
- bbq sauce
- mustard bbq sauce
- white bbq sauce
- buffalo sauce (always a classic!)
Scroll underneath the recipe below for our favorite picnic side dishes to go with burgers.
Chicken Ranch Burgers
- 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
- 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.
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: