Copy Cat Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers Recipe


For the burgers

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Cooking spray or olive oil

For the guacamole (optional)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Lime juice, to taste

Toppings (optional)

  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato


1. Make the burger mixture

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, minced bell pepper, green onions, cilantro, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, lime juice, and lime zest.
  • Mix everything well using your hands.

2. Form the patties

  • Divide the chicken mixture into four equal portions and shape them into patties of roughly the same thickness.

3. Cook the patties

  • Skillet: Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  • Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grates. Grill the burgers, following the same timing as above.

4. To melt cheese (optional)

  • During the last minute of cooking, place a slice of pepper jack cheese on top of each patty.
  • Cover with a lid or aluminum foil to help melt the cheese.

5. Make the guacamole (optional)

  • Mash the avocado in a small bowl. Stir in garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.

6. Assemble the burgers

  • Toast the buns if desired.
  • Place a burger on each bun.
  • Top with guacamole (if using), lettuce, tomato, and any other toppings you like.
  • Serve immediately.


Mix gently: Don’t overwork the chicken mixture, or the burgers might become tough.

Customizable: Feel free to adjust the spice level with more or less red pepper flakes. Add other chopped vegetables if you like.

Serving ideas: Serve these burgers with your favorite sides like sweet potato fries, salad, or a simple slaw.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Trader Joe’s-inspired chili lime chicken burgers!


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