Chicken Sliders with Pasilla Peppers and Chipotle Ketchup

by heidi on July 31, 2012

Ground Chicken Burger Sliders with Pasilla Peppers and Chipotle KetchupI’m like my mom this way. I love a good burger.

On our summer trips to visit my Grandma in San Francisco, my dad would make a huge bed in the back of the Suburban and my sister and I would travel the 600 miles there and 600 miles back sprawled out in the lap of luxury on a 6 inch styrofoam bed, surrounded by magic markers, books and games.

Our road trips were pre-seatbelts, pre-DVD, pre-books on tape and even pre-VHS or Sony Walkman. Raise your hand if you’re wondering what those are. Oh my, oh my, oh my..

Ground Chicken Burger Sliders with Pasilla Peppers and Chipotle Ketchup

So we made our own fun: played the alphabet game from road signs and passing 18-wheelers, created solar systems that hung from the ceiling of the rig and generally had a blast when we weren’t drawing invisible dividing lines defining our personal space.

Whenever we’d stop for lunch, my mom would always have the same thing: a cheeseburger. Her mantra: no matter how greasy the spoon, you can rarely go wrong with a burger.


This is one of my go-to favorite burgers, this time served up in the form of a slider. I think the secret to the burger is all about the Chipotle ketchup. I make it and keep it on hand for hot dogs too, it’s become that addicting.

Ground Chicken Sliders Recipe FoodieCrush

The ground chicken thighs give the burger a jolt of juiciness that you don’t get with the leaner breast meat or ground turkey. And since ground chicken is sometimes a challenge to find, go ahead and give the turkey a try. You might just need an extra slather of chipotle ketchup but I for one don’t see anything wrong with that.

Recently, Lori of Recipe Girl and her family were on their cross-country tour and made an overnight stop in Salt Lake City.

Utah Food Bloggers

Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil, Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia, Deborah of Taste and Tell, Lori of Recipe Girl, Dara of Cookin’ Canuck, Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod and me: Heidi of FoodieCrush

It was the perfect excuse to host an impromtu BBQ, complete with a few local food bloggers pimping out their mad cooking skills plus Lori’s son and pre-teen food blogger Recipe Boy getting a lesson on manning the grill and flipping burgers.

I hope it’s a summer burger visit he too will always remember.

And if you haven’t, check out my FoodieCrush interview with Lori.

Chicken Sliders with Pasilla Peppers and Chipotle Ketchup

20 minutes

30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Chicken Sliders with Pasilla Peppers and Chipotle Ketchup

White meat doesn't have to be dry. Use ground chicken thigh meat for juicy burgers every time topped with spicy chipotle ketchup.


1 pound ground chicken thighs
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 slices Havarti cheese, halved
1 pasilla pepper, seeded and sliced
1 onion, sliced
½ tablespoon butter
½ tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
8 slider buns
½ cup ketchup
1-2 canned chipotle peppers plus adobo sauce
1 cup arugula


  1. Melt butter and oil in a medium sauté pan mover medium heat. Sauté sliced onion and pasilla pepper and for 5 minutes, reduce to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until onion is soft and translucent and somewhat jammy.
  2. In a large bowl combine chicken, oregano, salt and pepper and mix gently, mixture will be sticky so be careful not to overwork. Divide into 8 patties and refrigerate for a half an hour. Prepare grill.
  3. Meanwhile blend one pepper and ketchup in a small food processor. Add another chile or more adobo sauce to taste for spiciness.
  4. Grill burgers for 15-20 minutes, flipping once, or until internal temperature is 160 degrees. Add cheese slices. Warm buns on grill. Serve with chipotle ketchup, onions and ketchup and arugula.

Get more juicy ground chicken patties thanks to some of these savory food blogger recipes.

Make sure to check out the comments from Deb’s post for a secret to working with ground chicken and making your own version of Taste and Tell’s Chicken Caeser Kabobs

Catherine adds a few fresh herbs to the burger bash with pantry staples curry and garlic powder to create Weelicious‘ spiced up Middle Eastern Chicken Burger 

Nami pulls out a standard Japanese dish and adds her touch to these healthy little patties with tofu and Shiitake mushrooms added to the ground chicken mixture to create Just One Cookbook‘s Chicken and Tofu Burger Steak

Rochelle forgoes the standard ketchup (a kindred spirit) for the non traditional cucumber yogurt sauce , loads her patty with olives, feta and med spices and then tops it all off with pepperocinis for Acquired Life’s Greek Inspired Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Blog is the New Black July 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

These look amazing! :)


Emily July 31, 2012 at 1:32 am

Do you ever get tired of me telling you how fab your food photography is? Hope not. Because I’m saying it again. BEAUTIFUL!


Kathryn July 31, 2012 at 2:19 am

It’s 9am and I really want a burger now (although that is a pretty normal state of affairs).

PS In love with the idea of that chipotle ketchup.


Bev @ Bev Cooks July 31, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’ll take 9 million, please.


Deborah July 31, 2012 at 7:48 am

We had a mini van and my dad would take out the middle seat where we could lounge on the floor. I remember taking a trip to Texas laying on the floor reading books and coloring!

And these burgers – so good! I am definitely all over that chipotle ketchup, too. (and thanks for the link love!)


Kalyn July 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

Love the photo of all you guys, and the chicken sliders sound fantastic!


Jenny Flake July 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

These burgers have me drooling at 7am!! What a gorgeous photo of you ladies! xoxox


Cathy @ Noble Pig July 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

These are really over-the-top gorgeous! And wow, what a great reunion and beautiful photo.


Lori @ RecipeGirl July 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

These were sooooo good! THANK YOU a million for hosting such a fun bbq with Utah friends. My family loved your family (and those cutie pie doggies too), and we all had such a great time. Kudos to your hubby for teaching RecipeBoy the ways of the grill :) XO


Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 31, 2012 at 8:58 am

Pass the sliders, please! These look amazing!


Marian (Sweetopia) July 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

I’m just like your Mom; you can never go wrong with a cheeseburger! It’s my usual go-to when we’re travelling.
Gorgeous photos as usual, and the chipotle ketchup sounds amazing with them… Going to try it! I’ll just be missing the amazing Utah-girls company. ;-) Thanks for another lovely post, Heidi!


carrian July 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

That was so much fun!!! Thank you for hosting a wonderful night.I just loved those sliders and as always, the pictures are perfection.


Melissa // the faux martha July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

Love the composition in these shots—especially loving that arugula leaf in the front. Drool. And loving the stripes on your cutting board.


Betty Ann @Mango_Queen July 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

These chicken sliders are amazing! And they’re the perfect recipe — easy & delish! I definitely am “crushing” on these! Must try them. Thanks for sharing!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

These look amazing Heidi! You get it right always


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

Looks like a great burger. So sad I missed the get together.


Cassie July 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

What a fun group of bloggers! I love a good burger too, and making them mini only makes them better!


Jen @ Savory Simple July 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Beautiful photos! They;re making me drool. Bookmarked to try for sure!


Lindsey Johnson (Cafe Johnsonia) August 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Oh! I love us! That was such a fun night. The food was incredible, the company even better. Thanks for being such a great hostess and friend, Heidi!


Rachel - A Southern Fairytale August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

Those look absolutely amazing, Heidi! I’m still drooling over that cutting board ;-) :-)

Y’all are so lucky to have that wonderful community! (still trying to convince hubs that Utah is the place to be :-)


Ali @ Cheater Bites August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Those sliders look super amazing! Cannot wait to try them!


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