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Chicken Teriyaki Burgers with Sesame Slaw

59 reviews / 4.9 average

These Chicken Teriyaki Burgers are amazingly simple while also being ridiculously delicious. Caramelized burgers that are fried up in minutes, a pile of sesame slaw on top, and a perfectly toasted bun. YUM.

In This Post: Everything You Need For Chicken Teriyaki Burgers


Make The Sesame Slaw

Toss cabbage with rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and sugar.

Mixing shredded coleslaw with hands.

Toast Your Buns

I use brioche buns, and I toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden and soft.

Toasting brioche buns in a pan on the stove.

Make The Burger Mix

Just ground chicken, teriyaki, and panko, plus some salt and garlic powder.

Mixing together ingredients for chicken burgers in a bowl.

Fry Your Burgers

I split the chicken into 4 chunks, form into burgers, and fry them in batches in a nonstick pan or grill pan.

Cooking and flipping chicken burgers in a pan.

Assemble The Teriyaki Burgers

I like to use Yum Yum sauce on the buns (top and bottom) and then top with a burger patty, slaw, and gently squish it together into one amazing sando.

Assembling chicken burgers with buns, mayo, and slaw on a wooden serving board.

Lindsay's Notes

Coming in hot: the last recipe for this run of the SOS series, AND my new favorite recipe!

It's super easy (thank you, store-bought sauces) and the flavors feel almost universally appealing. It's the epitome of crowd-pleasing. In my life, it was quickly approved by all categories: kids, husband, and friends. And most importantly, VERY approved by me.

The simplicity but also the layers? The salty-sweet with the tangy and the buttery, sesame depth? I don't exactly know what made me fall so hard and fast, but I could eat this every night for a week and not get sick of it.

Toasted brioche always does it for me - you get that signature crispy inside, soft-squishy-outside, and I've found that I really enjoy these with a shmear of yum yum sauce! It's sweet, mild, creamy, and already in the fridge since we used it a couple weeks ago for that feisty chili crunch tofu.

The chicken teriyaki burgers themselves are juicy and caramelized, fry up in a matter of minutes, and the pile of sesame slaw on top is perfectly tangy and vinegary. I'm drooling just thinking about them. GO!


Close-up image of a chicken burger on a serving tray.

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Chicken Teriyaki Burgers with Sesame Slaw


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x

Description

These Chicken Teriyaki Burgers are amazingly simple while also being ridiculously delicious. Caramelized burgers that are fried up in minutes, a pile of sesame slaw on top, and a perfectly toasted bun. YUM.


Ingredients

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Chicken Teriyaki Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sesame Slaw

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (optional)

Extras

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil for frying
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 1/4 cup yum yum sauce (or mayo, sriracha, chili crisp, whatever sauce you like)

Instructions

  1. Make the Sesame Slaw: Toss the slaw ingredients together. Taste and adjust.
  2. Make the Burgers: Combine chicken, teriyaki sauce, panko, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Mix with your (clean) hands until well-combined. Form into 4 large patties.
  3. Fry the Burgers: Heat a bit of avocado oil over medium heat. Add the burgers to the hot pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden and mostly cooked through; flip to finish for another 2-3 minutes. Cook until no longer pink in the middle, or a meat thermometer registers at least 165 degrees Farenheit.
  4. Toast Buns:  Wipe out the skillet if there are burned bits left in the pan. Pop your buns into the skillet for just a second, cut side down over medium low heat, to get them lightly toasted.
  5. Assemble Burgers: Spread top and bottom buns with yum yum sauce, place a burger, and top with the sesame slaw. Press burgers together, slice into it, and enjoy your life. I love these so much.

Notes

Burger Mixing: If the mixture is sticking to your hands while forming the burgers, try getting them a little bit wet with water. That usually helps me with the sticking. If your burger mixture seems too wet, adding an extra 1/4 cup panko will help them hold together even better.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: chicken teriyaki, teriyaki sauce, teriyaki burgers, slaw, burger with slaw

How Do You Make These Chicken Teriyaki Burgers Gluten-Free?

Here are the products I would use to make this gluten-free:

  • In place of the buns: Udi's Gluten Free Burger Buns
  • In place of the teriyaki: Primal Kitchen Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
  • In place of the panko: finely chopped nuts, or crushed Rice Chex cereal

Can You Use a Different Kind Of Protein In These Burgers?

Yes! Other protein options:

What Brand Of Teriyaki Sauce Is Best?

I exclusively use SoyVay Veri Veri Teriyaki. I love that stuff.

What Goes Well with These Burgers?

Some ideas:

How Do These Burgers Keep As Leftovers?

  • Buns: these do well in storage, even after toasting! Just keep them in a ziplock-type bag for a couple days.
  • Cabbage: the slaw doesn't keep well, so while you can prep the cutting ahead of time, the saucing and tossing is best right before serving.
  • Burgers: the cooked burgers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days and can be reheated on the stove or in the microwave. I think they are better made and eaten fresh, but I am not above eating these as leftovers.

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    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Made these last night on our gas grill! It worked great, I just oiled the grates before putting the patties on. It was a hit with our whole family—will definitely make again!

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        I also grilled the burgers and sprayed with cooking spray prior. My whole family loved them – definitely making again.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Made them tonight and my husband and I loved them! Great changeup to regular burgers and all of it was so quick and easy! Thank you!

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    I SO appreciate the “cook mode” feature! PoY always leads the way in the food blogging-sphere!!

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      These are so good it’s unbelievable. Definitely going to make these again very soon!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    A really good recipe. The slaw was delightful and the teriyaki sauce was a subtle flavor

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Omg! These are go good and so easy, I am eating the slaw straight up it’s so good. Thank you for this

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made these tonight … had sirachi teriyaki sauce, so that’s what I used and it gave the chicken burgers an extra nice “kick” … these chicken burgers were delicious , moist with a nice crunchy outside . I’ll be making these often, I think !!!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    Loved these! As we lovingly call our favorites, we both agreed they would go in “the rotation.”

    Added siracha and served with frozen sweet potato fries. Easy! Thanks!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Yum Yum Sauce is a delicious sauce that you can oftentimes find in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores or by the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce in stores. It tastes like sweet mayo with a barely-there tomato flavor.

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made these for the first time tonight, and wow! So delicious! We subbed ground Turkey since we already had it on hand. Also whipped up a sriracha aioli in place of yum yum sauce. Will definitely make again!

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    So simple and so good! Poured the sesame dressing over a bag of coleslaw – delicious.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Wow. I made these last night and they were delicious. Way too easy to be that good. I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch. Another keeper!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    These are SO good. Everyone in the family loved and ate it. I might make sliders next time with Hawaiian rolls so they’re slightly more kid-sized.

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    Just wanted to say thank you for these! They were a hit with the whole family last night – 1 year old and 3 year old included! I used ground turkey, substituted brussels sprouts for cabbage since they were on hand, and served with veggies and oven french fries. Great summery recipe!

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      Winner winner chicken dinner! These checked all the boxes. Easy and super quick to come together, but still felt complex enough to be extra tasty. Definitely will be the kind of recipe I memorize and riff on for years to come.

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    Those Chicken Teriyaki burgers are surely delicious and healthy. I wish I could virtually reach my hand through the PC screen and grab a bite. I wouldn’t mind having those incorporated into my diet as a way of avoiding the Hibachi buffet and overeating. And, they look especially delicious for staying on track with a healthy lifestyle, being that now I’m doing my cardio again and going to the gym. 🙂

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Found the slaw and burgers to be a bit heavy salt wise(will cut back on the salt in both next time we make them). Also, I air fried the burgers instead of pan frying and they came out great(360 for 12 minutes).

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    these seem like they’ll be delicious but your cooking time is way off! I’m about 5 minutes in on both sides and my IR thermometer is saying they’re only 135 degrees…which is what’s I’d suspect with chicken. I’m using a standard frying pan for burgers.