Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Tonight’s burger was delicious.  I totally thought I was eating a chicken parm sub the entire time.  That’s exactly how it tasted!  It was easy to make and a healthier version of chicken parmesan since I did not fry the meat.

Start by getting the breadcrumb mixture ready:

  • In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons Italian-style breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of minced fresh basil.  (The bowl I used was slightly bigger then the size burgers I made, which worked perfectly.)
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.

  • Mix well.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce:

  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine 3/4 cups marinara sauce (I used Bertolli brand…feel free to use your favorite brand or to even make your own if you have time.) with 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil.

  • Once the sauce bubbles, lower the heat and keep warm.

Preheat a grillpan (or your Cuisinart Griddler) to medium.  Spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Now you’re ready to make the burger patties:

  • In a large bowl, add 1 package of ground chicken.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce.
  • Grate in 1/2 of a small onion and 2 cloves of garlic.  (Grating helps evenly distribute the flavors.  Be careful of your fingers though!)
  • Add 1 tablespoon EVOO and 1/4 teaspoon each of s&p.

  • Mix with your hands to combine all ingredients.
  • Score the meat into 4 equal sections.

  • Roll each section into a ball.  Then flatten into a patty.
  • Press both sides of each patty into the breadcrumb mixture so that you coat both sides.

  • Cook about 5 minutes, then flip and cook for about 4 more minutes.

  • Add a slice of mozzarella to each burger for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

When you serve the burgers, put some marinara sauce on the bottom of the bun.  Then add the burger, some more sauce, and some basil leaves.

I used a fresh whole wheat bun from my supermarket’s bakery.  Delicious!  Serve with a salad (or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese like me.  I know it’s a terrible pairing, but I have a weakness for it!!!)

Enjoy!


 

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