Hickory BBQ Bacon Chicken Burger

This is a big week for Joe and I…we move into our new house in Austin! This moment has been a long time coming. We have not had a place to call our own for over a year when we initially moved to Omaha. I’m not complaining because it was all our own doing and decisions, but I am so ready to have our own house and some sort of routine started here in Austin. It’s going to be like Christmas morning unpacking since I haven’t seen our belongings in so long. I can’t wait to uncover all of my kitchen and cooking goodies. I got to start thinking about what I want to cook for our first meal in our new house! Luckily, Joe’s parents are making the trip to come help us move in and get some things fixed with the house. Thankful to have the help!

We haven’t really been to many notable restaurants in the past few weeks. However we have a long list of places to try once we move to the Eastside of Austin. There are a lot of new, hip places in that area, especially food trucks. There is an ice cream sandwich food truck I’ve been dying to try called Cool Haus. Joe tried it in L.A. a few years back and has honestly been talking it up ever since. We just realized that there was one in Austin thanks to some friends. They have a huge variety of rotating homemade cookie and ice cream flavors and have some dairy/gluten-free choices. This will be one our first stops after the move for sure.

In other Paleo-related news, I’m going to attempt to volunteer at the PaleoFX conference that is in April of next year. They are pretty much 100% volunteer-based and I’m excited to see how I can get involved and learn more about the Paleo movement in the process. Can’t wait!

Now for the recipe. Joe found a similar recipe online last week and said we HAD to make it. I tweaked it to make it my own and more Paleo-friendly. For the BBQ sauce there are numerous Paleo versions out there. I haven’t quite crafted my own yet but it’s on the list of things to make. We ended up using our friend’s homemade BBQ that is super delicious. If you don’t eat dairy, feel free to skip the cheese, but I like to indulge every so often. I served this up with some roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash, two of my favs. Enjoy!

Hickory BBQ Bacon Chicken Burger

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish
Crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese top these delicious chicken burgers. Serve with some roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash for a healthy well-rounded Paleo meal.


  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 pieces bacon
  • 4 slices cheddar
  • BBQ sauce


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bacon on a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place in oven and bake until crispy about 15-20 minutes.
Step 2
Mix ground chicken with paprika, garlic powder and dried parsley. Form into 4 patties.
Step 3
Heat oil (I used bacon grease) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken burgers about 5-7 minutes per side until cooked through.
Step 4
Serve chicken burgers topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce. Enjoy!
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