Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger - Mature Health Center

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Burger

The classic flavors of Chicken Cordon Bleu — ham, Swiss cheese and thyme inspired this easy chicken burger.

Servings: 4 servings

Preparation time: 35 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

We like using regular ground chicken, which is a blend of thigh and drumstick meat, to help keep this burger juicy, but feel free to use 100% ground chicken breast if you’d like a leaner burger. You’ll cut 20 calories and one gram saturated fat. Serve with roasted broccoli.


  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped shallot, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 pound ground chicken 
  • 1/3 cup finely diced ham 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese 
  • 8 small slices pumpernickel bread, or 4 large slices, cut in half, toasted
  • 12 large leaves spinach, tough stems removed 


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or see stovetop variation).
  2. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, 1 tablespoon shallot and 1/2 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place the remaining 4 tablespoons shallot, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, chicken, ham, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently combine without over-mixing. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with cheese and cook until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Assemble the burgers on toasted bread with the herb mayonnaise and spinach.

Calories: 350; Carbohydrates: 20g; Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Protein: 29g; Cholesterol: 119mg; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 722mg

Tips & Notes:
To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) Stovetop variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155°F (for pork and bison) or 165° (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.