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Close up front view of a buffalo chicken burger on a gluten-free bun with lettuce, tomato, buffalo sauce, and paleo ranch.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers (Paleo & Whole30)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Burgers 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Healthy Buffalo Chicken Burgers – Lean chicken burgers with grated zucchini and a buffalo kick make a fresh, easy dinner any time! (Paleo & Whole30-Friendly)




  • 1 lb. ground chicken (I recommend 93-96% lean)
  • 3/4 cup grated zucchini, excess moisture squeezed out
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. buffalo sauce*
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt


  • Buns (or lettuce for lettuce wraps)
  • Lettuce
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Additional buffalo sauce*
  • Other burger favorites, like sliced tomatoes or red onion, avocado, pickles, cheese, etc.



  1. If you haven’t already, squeeze the excess moisture out of your shredded zucchini. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Wrap the zucchini tightly and squeeze excess moisture out.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, zucchini, green onion cilantro, buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Stir with a fork to combine, or mix with your hands to combine well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and gently form into patties. I suggest making them roughly the same size as your buns or slightly larger (as they’ll shrink slightly when cooking).
  5. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add burgers to the pan. (Note: the burgers shouldn’t touch each other in the pan, so work in batches of 2, if needed.)
  6. Cook burgers 5-7 minutes per side, or until they’re fully cooked through and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
  7. Transfer cooked burgers to a clean plate and build your burgers with your favorite toppings!


  • Add burgers to buns and layer with lettuce, a drizzle of ranch dressing, drizzle of buffalo sauce, and any other desired toppings (tomato, cheese, onion, pickles, etc.)
  • Alternatively, you can serve these burgers wrapped in lettuce or on a bed of lettuce for a burger bowl.


*Paleo & Whole30 Notes: To keep your burgers paleo/whole30 compliant, use a plain hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot) or a compliant buffalo sauce, like Tessemae’s or Noble Made. Then, opt for a lettuce-wrapped burger, or eat it as a burger bowl.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American