Summer Vibes: Weeknight California Chicken Burgers with oven baked fries

Weeknight California Chicken Burgers with Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers

I’m holding on to Summer as long as I can at this point. It feels like it blew in super slowly and then bam, it’s back to school time, wait what? With Summer slowly rolling into Fall, I’m amping up my recipe box with some easy weeknight meals that can be made with items we usually already have on hand but still are different enough that the family doesn’t get sick of the same thing when we’re in a rush.

You guys know how much I love an easy weeknight meal. Recently, I shared our 30-minute baja fish tacos and the response was incredible so I knew we’d be sharing another super easy weeknight meal that you can pull off with pretty close to no-planning (hello weeknight time saver!) and today I’m sharing one of my personal favourites. The weeknight chicken burger.

Weeknight California Chicken Burgers with Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers

Full disclosure, even though Janes is a sponsor of this post, my freezer is literally always full of their products. From Pub Style Chicken Strips to ultimates battered fish and ultimates chicken wings, they’ve been a brand we’ve loved for a long time that has always made our weeknight (and game night!) meals super easy, affordable and delicious. And our California Chicken Burgers using Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers are no exception – both flavourful and juicy while satisfying even the pickiest eater at the table. Burgers are so versatile that you can add any toppings that suit your personal tastes and these are just a few of our favourites.

Weeknight California Chicken Burgers with Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers

One of the best parts of having Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers on hand is they are not only low in saturated fats, there’s no hydrogenated oils or artificial flavours. You’re getting good ingredients with no preservatives that you don’t need to feel guilty pulling out of the freezer after a long day. Mom win? You know it.

My favourite part of this recipe is that you probably have most of what you’ll need already on hand, and if not it’s easy to grab a few small staples on the next grocery shop to get you through a few meals. Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers are a super affordable (and often go on sale at the local grocery store – stock up alert) and an easy option to have on hand for weeknight meals. They make pulling together a family meal on the fly super easy (even if you end up with a few extra neighborhood kids!). We love pairing our burgers with an easy side salad or baked french fries. We’re splurging and going with fries for this recipe!

Weeknight California Chicken Burgers with Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers

Let’s get cooking.

To start with this recipe, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 425 degrees celsius according to the Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers box instructions, and start prepping your french fries.

Cut washed russet potatoes into ¼ inch strips and toss generously with olive oil, salt and pepper, basil or your favourite french fry seasoning and parmesan cheese (optional). Lay fries in a single layer on a baking or pizza sheet and do the same for your Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers. Pop into the oven and set your timer for 10 minutes for a flip and get to work on your garlic aioli spread.

In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper and slowly whisk in olive oil. I highly recommend doubling this recipe, you won’t regret it! Set aside in the fridge to chill and prep your buns.

I always find hamburger buns to be a personal preference thing, whether you choose to go with traditional buns, kaiser, ciabatta or brioche, it’s entirely up to you. For this recipe I opted for brioche because yum, and I chose to toast ours which is entirely optional.

You can skip this step if you prefer a softer bun, but I’ve found with the garlic aioli that toasting it keeps the bun crunchy and the spread where I want it. If you have a toaster oven you can pop them buttered side up to get a bit of colour, or in a non-stick frying pan set to medium-low heat and toast for 10-20 seconds per cut side.

At this point you’ll want to flip your Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and french fries and set the timer for an additional 15 minutes.

We keep our weeknight burger toppings pretty simple, lettuce, red onions, avocado and if you fancy, a slice of sharp cheddar.

When the timer dings, you’re set for dinner!

Lay it out

We like to build our own burgers at home and lay out a cutting board in the middle of the table with our toppings and it’s basically a free for all. I highly recommend doubling up on the garlic aioli for fry dipping and being super generous with it on your California Chicken Burger – it’s delicious!

While we made this meal with the Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers you can also try it out with the Janes ultimates Tender & Juicy Chicken Burgers if you prefer to go the unbreaded route. Either way, they are both a family favourite in our house and the result is equally delicious.

Weeknight Vibes

From start to finish, you can complete this meal in 30 minutes. Want to shave a bit of time off? Prep the potatoes and garlic aioli the night before, or use a store bought sauce if you’re super pressed for time or ingredients and you’re set for an easy weeknight meal that the entire family will love.

Recipe serves 4 – make as little or as many as you like, the recipe is generous!

Weeknight California Chicken Burgers

This weeknight recipe has perfect summer vibes with crispy chicken, creamy avocado and a delicious garlic aoili! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people


For Aioli Sauce (double up for extra dipping sauce)

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

For Oven Baked French Fries

  • 4 large washed russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil or your favourite fry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese optional

For California Chicken Burgers + Serving

  • 1 box Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers
  • 1 pkg brioche hamburger buns or your favourite type
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • 1 pile washed romaine or iceberg lettuce the crispier the better
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
  • sharp cheddar cheese slices optional


  1. Preheat your oven according to your Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers Box (425 degrees)

  2. Toss sliced russet potatoes in a bowl with olive oil, seasoning and parmesan cheese

  3. Lay potato slices and Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers in a single layer on a baking or pizza sheet, for this recipe we used 4 burgers but you can add as few or as many as you need

  4. Pop both trays into the oven and set timer for a 10 minute flip reminder

  5. In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, garlic cloves, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, mix well and slowly drizzle in olive oil. Adjust seasoning as needed, then place in the fridge to chill.

  6. If you’re toasting your buns, this would be the time to do it! Brush any open sides of your hamburger buns with melted butter and place in a medium-low heat frying pan and flip every 10-20 seconds. Keep a watchful eye, they can burn quickly.

  7. By now your timer should have dinged, flip the fries and Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and reset the time for an additional 15 minutes.

  8. Next up is prepping your toppings. Lay out your toppings on a cutting or serving tray to serve at the table, our favourites include avocado, red onions, lettuce, a sharp cheese and if we’re feeling fancy, some crispy bacon.

  9. Enjoy your last few minutes before the dinner rush begins when the final timer dings

  10. Assemble your delicious chicken burgers and enjoy!

This is one of our families favourite weeknight meals and is incredibly adaptable to personal tastes. Whether you’re prepping during a crazy weeknight rush or cooking for a group on the weekend, you can make as few or as many as you like and it’s sure to satisfy the entire family.

{Disclosure: This post is shared with you in partnership with Janes Family Foods. All opinions and food love is my own. I hope you’ll enjoy our easy weeknight dinner with your family!}

Tara Jensen
Tara is a parenting influencer based on the West Coast. With her full time career in health care, she focuses on green living, healthy family choices and encouraging families to live a fabulously frugal lifestyle. She lives on coffee, cuddles and post-its, generally in that order. When she isn’t working, she can be found outdoors exploring beautiful British Columbia with her family.