White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders

These white cheddar chipotle chicken sliders are spicy and delicious. Ground chicken is mixed with chipotles, cilantro and spices. 

These little burglerettes are the newest creation hot off our grill. Which I have to say- I’m still not sick of grilling yet.

burgers and fries

I had been toying with the idea of chicken burgers since I found the packages at my grocery store. Then I found white cheddar chipotle cheese so I just married the two and was totally stoked about how flavorful these were. Your brain will be expecting a burger… but you mouth tastes a smoky, slightly spicy chicken burger. It’s bonkers.

I grilled these burgers up along with sweet potato fries while my husband was napping and the girls were playing. It was absolute mayhem in my house. Blogging two recipes just moments before the sky unleashed a HUGE storm is not usually a smart idea. I made it just in the nick of time… but it seems that I make a habit out of cutting it close… it’s probably a last born sort of thing, but if the shoe fits I will gladly wear it.


To start, rinse and mince a handful of fresh cilantro.

Quick question: do any of you grow your own cilantro? I thought about it long and hard but I figure I use it so much I’d have to plant my entire front yard full of it. It’s pretty ridiculous but I use at least a bunch or two a week. True story.

mince collage

Next, grab two small to medium (depending on your heat preference) chipotles out of the can and mince them up really well. 

ground chicken

Then, in a large mixing bowl, add two pounds of ground chicken.

cilantro and chipotle

Next, add in the minced cilantro and chipotle peppers and a teaspoon of that adobo sauce-goodness. Chipotles add a delicious smoky heat! However if your nervous about these being too spicy, add 1 pepper and half the amount of adobo sauce.

kosher salt

Then measure and add in teaspoon of kosher salt…

black pepper

… and then a 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

onion and garlic powder

Lastly, add in 3/4 teaspoon of both garlic powder (not garlic salt!) and onion powder.


Mix by hand until it comes together.

portion outpatties

Next, evenly portion out 12 slider burgers and form into patties.


grill time

Get your grill nice at hot, reduce to medium-high and slap down those patties.


After 4 to 6 minutes, flip and stack with cheese. Close the lid to your grill and let those continue to cook for about 4 more minute or until the burgers are fully cooked and the cheese is completely melted.

toasted bun + chicken burgers

I toasted our slider buns. I’m a fan of a toasted… toasted buns and by BLT better come on toasted bread, or else.


Top with the basics.

burgers and fries

And thur you have it.

White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders l www.SimplyScratch.com

I uuuuurge you to try these chipotle chicken sliders. I loved them. Pat loved them. My daughter’s loved them. And the leftovers are just as good heated up the next day!

White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders ll www.SimplyScratch.com



Take a bite!

Enjoy! And if you give this Chipotle Chicken Sliders Recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

burgers and fries

My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 12 sliders {about 6 people}

White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders

White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders
White cheddar cheese with flecks of chipotle pepper are melted over ground chicken sliders that were mixed with fresh cilantro, spices and more chipotle peppers! It's a chipotle-lovers dream burger!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground chicken [or turkey]
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, [small to medium in size] minced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices of sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 8 slider buns


  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • onion
  • mayo


  1. Preheat your grill to high.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, minced cilantro, chipotle peppers, salt, pepper, garlic powder and black pepper.
  3. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined. Form into 12 equal portions and then form into patties.
  4. Turn the grill temperature down to medium-high and give it a chance to cool down for a few seconds before placing the chicken patties onto the grill. With the lid closed, grill the burgers for 5 minutes.
  5. Flip the burgers and place down the cheddar and continue to cook [with the lid closed] for 4 to 5 minutes more or until the patties are fully cooked and the cheese is melt-y and bubbly.
  6. Serve on a toasted slider bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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31 Responses to “White Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Sliders”

  1. #
    Emma — August 2, 2013 at 5:44 am

    yes, yes just yes!

  2. #
    Robby — August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    These look…. addictive. I can also tell you that if you live someplace it gets pretty hot, growing cilantro is a short-lived project. When it gets hot the stuff bolts and you’re done for the season. What a sad thing to learn while you’re making salsa and are suddenly without.

  3. #
    Kyra Curay — August 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Those sliders look very delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and procedure on how to prepare them. I can’t wait to make these for my kiddos! They love burgers and fries but your take on the sliders are unique and will definitely be loved by their taste buds!

  4. #
    Tieghan Gerard — August 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

    White cheddar? Chipotle? Sweet Potato fries? Oh man, can I come for dinner and them leftover the next day?? Hehe!
    Such an awesome little burger. I love every last ingredient so much!

  5. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Bless you for making these sliders. Now I know what I’m eating for dinner every day for the rest of the summer. YUM.

  6. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Love that you made these with chicken but jeez… I can’t stop staring at the fries now!

  7. #
    Heather — August 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

    How adorable are these?!?! And YES to toasting the buns – it’s a must-have as far as I’m concerned!

  8. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh man, Laurie. These look mouthwatering! Totally incredibly tasty!

  9. #
    Mitch Parker — August 4, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I love this recipe! It looks so scrumptious! My kids will definitely love this. It’s so healthy and looks so easy to do. Thanks for sharing! šŸ™‚

  10. #
    Susan @ The Spice Garden — August 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Perfect grilling treats! And they’re so cute! Glad I dropped in today, Laurie!

  11. #
    foodwithpictures — August 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    These look wonderful…. Can’t wait to try them!

  12. #
    leslie — August 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I can only imagine how flavorful these are!!!!

  13. #
    Thomas — August 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Just looking at the dish makes my mouth water! Mmmm! I never had sliders for the longest time! I think I should just invite some friends over and have a little party, you know watching the football game.

  14. #
    Mike — August 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

    MMmmm! It’s been a long time since I had sliders! I think I going to make this late on this week! It looks amazing.

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 12:29 am

      Thanks Mike! I hope you enjoy them šŸ™‚

  15. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I love chicken burgers, they are a favorite at our house. And anything with chipotle is always a hit!

  16. #
    Cari — August 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Do you have any tips on how to form the chicken into patties? whenever I’ve tried to make anything with ground chicken its too sticky and most of it just ends up on my fingers. And your patties looks so neat and smooth!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 6th, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

      Hmmm I didn’t do anything speacial. I did have some of it stick to my hands, but maybe try lightly oiling your hand? Hope that helps šŸ™‚

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I always forget how wonderful chicken burgers or sliders can be! These look fantastic!

  18. #
    debie grace — August 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Looks very yummy!! Wooohooo!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 8th, 2013 @ 12:28 am

      Thanks Debie! šŸ™‚


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