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Jimmy Fallon's Air-Fried Chicken Burgers

Questlove's Air-Fried Chicken Burgers + Chocolate Chili + Plantains Two Ways + Smoked Salmon Rillettes + Ginger Beer
Questlove's Air-Fried Chicken Burgers + Chocolate Chili + Plantains Two Ways + Smoked Salmon Rillettes + Ginger BeerNathan Congleton / TODAY


  • 16 potato rolls, divided
  • 2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs, divided
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 10 slices American cheese
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2-3 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced (to make 10 slices)
  • Sriracha

Chef notes

Jimmy really is a burger aficionado. During his travels he always seeks out the best burger and has even had guests on "The Tonight Show" eat burgers with him. So I'm telling you, when Jimmy makes a burger, it's gonna be damn good. This time he is mixing it up with chicken. He's using a countertop air frying, mostly because he has one and is always trying to find some use for it.



Preheat an air fryer. Tear 6 of the buns into large pieces and use a food processor to pulse, working a few at a time, so the bread crumbles and doesn't become mushy.


In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, milk, onion, jalapeño, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add half of the crumbled buns from the food processor and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.


Set aside the remaining half of the crumbled buns and the remaining 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs on a plate.


Using your hands, mix well to incorporate all the ingredients.


Divide the mixture in half, then divide each half into 5 equal portions. Form 5 burger patties with each half to make 10 bun-size, 1/2-inch thick patties. Coat all sides of the patties with the reserved breadcrumb mixture, then spray each with the cooking spray.


Place as many burgers as will fit in the air fryer, close it, and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Add the cheese and cook for about 30 seconds, until the cheese is melted.


While the burgers are cooking, toast the remaining buns in the toaster, or a toaster oven. Lay out the lettuce, tomato and sriracha and gather your guests to assemble their burgers.