Spicy Ground Chicken Burgers with Spinach and Manchego - Recipe

Get this recipe for juicy chicken burgers made with freshly ground chicken, manchego cheese, spinach, jalapeno peppers and loads of spices. It's big on flavor and ready for the grill.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 316 kcal


  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 1/2 cups spinach chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup manchego shredded
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 2 ounces beer
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs if desired


  • Toasted buns
  • Whatever toppings you desire – I used a bit of extra cheese roasted jalapeno peppers, fresh sliced tomatoes and hot sauce


  1. Add the chicken, spinach, manchego cheese, jalapeno peppers and beer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat a small pan to medium heat and add the rosemary, thyme and peppercorns. Dry heat them for about a minute, until they begin to become fragrant. Cool slightly then grind in a mortar and pestle.
  3. Add to the mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Hand mix the ingredients until they are roughly combined. Do not over process, or the burgers can become mealy.
  5. Form the mixture into 8 equal sized patties, about 4-5 ounces each. If the patties feel too loose, add a bit of breadcrumbs to each and incorporate to tighten them up.
  6. Heat a grill pan or grill to medium heat and lightly oil. Grill each burger patty 4-5 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through completely.
  7. Top with extra cheese, if desired, and allow to melt.
  8. Serve over buns with your additional toppings!

Recipe Notes

Makes 8 burgers (or 4 big fatty burgers)

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Ground Chicken Burgers with Spinach and Manchego - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1170IU23%
Vitamin C 7.2mg9%
Calcium 274mg27%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.