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BBQ Chicken Burgers


Last night, I met Donna for our first e-book discussion. As the saying goes, “Two brains are better than one.” I went into the meeting with one idea…and left out meeting with a completely new and better idea of what our e-book would consist of.

We even consulted our server for her opinion on a few things. Donna went as far as to tip the waitress $100 on a $29 bill (!!). Yes, you read right. No extra zeros in there. Donna is a hoot and a half for a lot of reasons, but I do love her for her generosity and good will towards people, especially her patients. And waitresses 😉


During our chat last night, Donna and I got on the topic of cookouts which was all too timely for today’s Recipe Swap post!

Jenna of Jenna’s Cooking Journey recommended BBQ Chicken Burgers as one of her top-rated BBQ/warm weather recipes. If I had had the time, I would’ve whipped together some homemade BBQ sauce to make this all the better. Regardless, these were a hit!

When I posted those Buffalo Chicken Burgers last week, several people asked if ground turkey could be subbed in for the ground chicken and the answer is absolutely, positively yes! Use whatever you can find…or whatever is cheapest.


TGIF, that’s for sure. The weather is supposed to be beau-ti-ful this weekend – 80’s and sunny! 5 o’clock can’t come soon enough with weather like that. I think revving up the grill will be in order and perhaps another round of chicken burgers!

These were a huge hit and went over better than even the Buffalo Chicken Burgers with both Mr. Prevention and myself. There’s something about those “traditional” lettuce and tomato toppings that send this over the top. It’s a little some different with a little something classic – the perfect BBQ/warm weather combination! Thanks, Jenna!



BBQ Chicken Burgers slightly adapted from Shine and Jenna’s Cooking Journey

1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce, divided
1/3 cup reduced sugar grape jelly
2 Tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp minced white onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb ground chicken breast
1/4 cup Gorgonzola or blue cheese
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1 tomato, sliced
4 large lettuce leaves


Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Combine the 1/3 cup barbecue sauce and the jelly. Mix with a wire whisk; set aside

Meanwhile, in a bowl combine bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, white onion, garlic powder, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Add ground chicken; mix well.

Shape into 4 balls; place 2 inches apart on greased shallow baking pan. Moisten the bottom of a glass and press each ball to about 1/4 inch thickness. Bake for about 20 minutes. Construct burgers with Gorgonzola or blue cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

Yield: 4 burgers.

Nutrition Information (per burger): 395 calories; 6 g. fat; 71 mg. cholesterol; 866 mg. sodium; 52.8 g. carbohydrate; 7.8 g. fiber; 34.5 g. protein

Result: Great flavor…perfect for a barbecue or backyard get-together. I did make these in the oven, but they can most certainly go on the grill – just be sure to brush them with the BBQ sauce throughout cooking! Mmmm! Enjoy!


TGIF! My copy of Fifty Shades of Grey arrived yesterday. I plan to plow through that this weekend while soaking up some sun. But first…clinic and meetings.

Happy weekend,

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  1. May 18, 2012 / 7:24 am

    Yum! I’m drooling!

  2. May 18, 2012 / 8:28 am

    A $100 tip!?!? maybe i’m in the wrong profession…. ๐Ÿ˜›

    OMG you are going to LOVE 50 shades of grey. and so is your husband. Let’s just say that my boyfriend has gotten MUCH happier since I started reading it. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. May 18, 2012 / 9:20 am

    Beautiful photos!

    I can’t believe the $100 tip either!

  4. May 18, 2012 / 9:48 am

    The burger loos & sounds amazing! Love people who make others’ day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

  5. May 18, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Yours look fantastic compared to mine. I can’t wait until we have grilling weather here again (one day it is in the high 40s, the next the 80s…never know what weather you’ll have).

  6. May 18, 2012 / 11:15 am

    You’re going to be so sucked into 50 Shades… I hope you also have the other 2 in the series set to order as well… ha!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. May 18, 2012 / 11:38 am

    This burger looks amazing!
    The e book sounds like a blast! And it always helps having someone you can work on it together with.
    Have a great weekend, Nicole!

    • Nicole, RD
      May 20, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Yummmmmmm! Thanks, Biz!

  8. May 19, 2012 / 12:57 am

    BBQ sauce and jelly… how cool! I’m definitely looking forward to sunshine this weekend too. Enjoy it!

  9. May 19, 2012 / 7:37 am

    I can’t wait to hear about this e-book!! I had no idea you were working on one….what’s it about?! So exciting!
    Great recipe too, I’ll be making this soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy your weekend, and you’re new read! I think I’m going to have to get that book soon.

  10. May 19, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    I bet that waitress will remember y’all forever.

  11. May 20, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    Yum! That looks like perfect grilling food! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  12. May 21, 2012 / 10:50 am

    I love a good chicken burger and these look amazing!

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!

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  14. August 6, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    These look so good! I’ve been trying to find more variations on the standard hamburger. These are definitely getting added to the list!

  15. Lizzie
    March 27, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    I made these last night and we loved them. I didn’t feel like chopping into an onion for just 1 teaspoon, so I subbed with some dried minced onion and 1 chopped green onion. I also brushed some bbq sauce on my burgers when they were about 5 minutes from being done. We loved them!

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