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Chicken Chorizo Burgers with Cumin-Lime Quick Pickles

These Chicken Chorizo Burgers nail it when it comes to flavor and texture. The chorizo adds just enough pizzaz to make this a juicy burger that you'll want to make over and over
Cuisine American/Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 172kcal


  • For the chorizo burgers
  • 1 pound of ground chicken thighs or chicken breast
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage bulk chorizo
  • 1/4 onion grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • Pepper to taste
  • For the quick pickles
  • 2 1/2 cups Persian cucumbers or baby cucumbers, or english cucumbers
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 limes zest and juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Begin by removing the casing from the chorizo sausage (slice with a paring knife and pull off) and adding it to the ground chicken. Grate in the onion and garlic. Add pepper.
  • Mix together gently, being careful not to over mix. This will create pockets of chorizo in the burgers.
  • Form patties and cook in a grill pan or cast iron skillet. Tent with foil towards the end to insure they are no longer pink inside (about 160 F).
  • To build the burgers, start with a toasted bun and the chorizo chicken patty. Top with a few of the quick pickles (recipe below), a slice of tomato and some lettuce.
  • For the Quick Pickles: Begin by slicing the small cucumbers into the pickle shape, using the slicing blade on your food processor.
  • Extract some of the water from the cucumbers by placing them in a colander, adding a pinch of salt, and letting it drain for about 2 hours. This helps the cucumbers ready to absorb flavors.
  • After draining, build the quick pickling liquid. Combine the vinegar, lime zest and juice, cumin, garlic powder, smoked peppercorns and salt. Pour over the cucumbers and let sit for about an hour before topping the burgers with the quick pickles!


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg