These Greek chicken burgers are one of our Real Plans favorites, and even if you follow a restrictive diet like the Autoimmune Protocol diet, you’re going to want to add these to your next meal plan. With less than 10 ingredients (most of which you’ll already have on hand), these will become a staple in your home too. Here’s just how easy they are to make!
What is the Autoimmune protocol diet?
Just in case you’ve landed here by searching chicken burger recipes and you’re not sure what AIP-compliant means, here’s the scoop. AIP stands for the autoimmune protocol diet. In short, this is typically seen as an intense way of eating but one that naturally helps eliminate autoimmune issues with food.
What doctors are starting to find is that most autoimmune issues are affected by the types of food people eat. To help become less dependent on pharmaceutical medicines, folks with these health issues are looking to dietary changes to help them on their road to recovery. This is where recipes like these Greek chicken burgers are an extra big win because they are delicious regardless of whether or not you have dietary restrictions.
On the Autoimmune Protocol diet, these foods are typically eliminated: grains, eggs, legumes, dairy, nuts, seeds, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers), and alcohol. This recipe is a perfect way to not feel like you’re missing out because it’s packed with nourishment and irresistible flavor!
Read more about what’s involved with an AIP diet, foods you won’t see as part of the diet, and foods you should eat in this post.
What’s in Greek Chicken Burgers?
We already mentioned that you’ll have most of the ingredients in your pantry. In fact, there are only two ingredients that you’ll probably need to buy – green onions and ground chicken. If ground chicken is a little pricey at your store, consider purchasing chicken breast or boneless chicken thighs and using a meat grinder (or food processor) to make your own. Other than the chicken and green onion, grab:
- Garlic cloves
- Frozen spinach
- Dried oregano
- Dried basil
- Fine sea salt
- Refined coconut oil
How to Make Greek Chicken Burgers
These Greek chicken burgers come together like any regular burger but are so much more fun and different. Mince the garlic and finely chop the green onions and saute them for about two minutes in the coconut oil. You’ll be able to smell the aroma. Remove the skillet from the heat before the garlic starts to turn brown.
Ring out the liquid from the defrosted frozen spinach. Once most of the liquid has been removed, mince the spinach. Combine the garlic, onion, spinach, and the remainder of the ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well. Then, form the mixture into patties.
Grill or sauté burgers on medium heat until cooked through (internal temperature should be a minimum of 160 degrees with a meat thermometer). Serve and enjoy!
What to serve with Greek chicken burgers
To complete your meal, there are many sides to choose from that are AIP-friendly. Since Greek is the theme of the burgers, you can’t go wrong with adding a tzatziki sauce on the top. A thick AIP compliant coconut yogurt, cucumber, fresh dill, lemon juice, and a garlic clove are all you need to whip up this sauce from scratch. Season with sea salt to taste.
Of course, burgers are always better with french fries, so these garlic sweet potato fries are a perfect side for this dish. Just omit the black pepper and paprika for the AIP version.
This Greek Salad can also easily be made AIP-compliant by omitting the chickpeas, peppers, tomatoes, and black pepper and including extra cucumbers and adding some sliced radishes for zing and hearty artichoke hearts for some satisfying starch.
Or, if you’d like to stick with simple fresh veggies, choose a few of your favorites to slice up and have on the side. Drizzle a bit of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of salt.
Meal planning with Greek chicken burgers
When preparing this meal, we recommend at least doubling the recipe to have leftovers. You can also prepare the burger mixture and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Cooked burgers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Greek Chicken Burgers (AIP diet friendly!)
- 5.0 stars
- 4 cloves garlic
- 4 green onions
- 1 tbsp. avocado oil, or fat or choice
- 15 oz frozen spinach
- 1 1/2 lb ground chicken
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
- Mince the garlic and chop the green onions.
- In a sauté pan heat oil to medium heat. Add garlic and green onions and sauté until for about 2 minutes to release the flavors. Do not let the garlic brown. Remove from heat.
- Ring out liquid from frozen spinach and mince.
- In a mixing bowl, combine garlic, onion, spinach, ground chicken, oregano, basil, and sea salt. Form into patties.
- Grill or sauté burgers on medium heat until cooked through (internal temperature should be a minimum of 160F degrees). Serve and enjoy!