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Chicken burgers

Based on Nigel Slater’s Hot Chicken Cakes


  • 70g fresh white breadbrumbs
  • 500g minced chicken
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • 3 heaped tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place the breadcrumbs, chicken and chopped bacon into a mixing bowl.
  2. Grate the lemon zest in with the chicken and bacon, then halve and squeeze the lemon. Add the lemon juice to the mixture with the roughly chopped thyme leaves.
  3. Tip in the grated parmesan.
  4. Season the mixture with a little salt, then more generously with black pepper. Mix thoroughly
  5. Shape the mixture into small balls or patties.
  6. Warm the olive oil in a non-stick pan.
  7. Fry them in the oil, in groups, for 4-5 minutes until they are crisp and golden-brown on all sides. Lower the heat and leave to cook through to the middle, about 6-8 minutes more. I tend to turn them no more than once or twice during cooking so they develop a crisp, slightly sticky exterior
  8. Remove the cakes from the pan and place on toasted buns, add a dollop of mayonnaise and cheese if required. Serve with chips.