Chicken Parmesan Burgers

March 18, 2009 · 58 comments

in burgers and sandwiches,chicken/poultry,healthy


I think  broiling is one of the most underutilized and underappreciated cooking methods out there. I use my broiler about as often as I use my cast iron skillet, which is to say a LOT. It’s such a great alternative to grilling, being that it’s essentially an upside-down gas grill. Even foods without a lot of oil/fat on them get some great charring and color which you certainly wouldn’t get from baking.  It’s great for caramelizing sauces, heats up more quickly than the oven and cooks food more quickly, too. OK, enough for my soliloquy about the broiler. Just promise me you’ll use it a little more, okay?

But now for the segue into this chicken parmesan burger.  I have grown to like ground chicken breast well enough, but sometimes the color is just unappetizing. Cooking it in the broiler (see, segue!) is one way to ensure that it looks as good as it tastes.  Plus, if you add cheese to a burger (and why wouldn’t you?) you can melt the cheese under the broiler, too, making it nice and browned and bubbly. And, you can toast your bread in there, too.

These burgers have the flavors of chicken parmesan, one of Tom’s and my favorite dishes.  I decided to make these rather than chicken parmesan because I had some extra buns to use up and all the ingredients sitting in my fridge. These are a tasty, healthy burger. Of course you can make them with any kind of meat you prefer.

 


Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Serves 4
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Burgers:
1 lb. ground chicken (I used breast meat)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup chopped flatleaf parsley
1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed
1 shallot, finely diced
salt and pepper

1/2 cup pasta sauce
4 slices mozzarella or provolone (or 1/2 cup shredded)
sauteed mushrooms (optional)
4 buns (brushed with a little garlic butter, they are even better)

Lightly mix together all the ingredients for the burgers. Form into 4 patties. I like to make them about 30-40 minutes ahead of time, to let the flavors meld a little bit.

Preheat & spray the broiler with a little oil (or use the grill, or a pan). Broil the burgers for about 4 minutes on the first side, then flip and broil for 3 minutes. Top each chicken  burger with 2 Tbsp. pasta sauce and a slice (or about 2T) of cheese. Place back under the broiler for 30-60 seconds, until cheese in melted and burger is cooked through. Top with mushrooms, if desired. Place the buns in the broiler for about 10 seconds, just until toasted.

 

I don’t want to give you nutritional information since it will vary based on what part of the chicken you use, what fat content the cheese has, how caloric your pasta sauce is, etc. I will tell you that my burgers (patty, cheese & sauce but not bun) ended up being a shade over 200 calories and I used chicken breast and 2% mozzarella.

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Lindsey March 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

Elly, these look delicious. I just sent the recipe to my husband and asked if he would like these for dinner tonight. I cannot wait to try this recipe!

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Laure March 18, 2009 at 9:11 am

This recipe looks like so much fun!

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dawn March 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

the first time I saw and put my hands into ground chicken I was kind of grossed out, but after it cooked and turned another color was I ok. LOL
I love the taste of chicken burgers, so this is a must try recipe.

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Melissa March 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

Great idea! I am going to have to try that!

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Kanella March 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

I have never cooked with ground chicken but judging by this recipe, I may just have to give it a try.

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Bellini Valli March 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

I love this idea Elly to make my chicken burgers more flavourful:D

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Kiki March 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

wow they look good. i very recently discovered turkey mince and I am liking it!

one question: how do you get the calorie content of your foods? i’ve always been curious. let me know!

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elly March 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

Thanks, everyone!

Hi Kiki! I use sparkrecipes.com to get the nutritional info. You just stick everything in there and it calculates it for you, which is nice.

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Erin March 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

This looks delicious! I also love how they’re not that bad for you :)

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sarah March 18, 2009 at 11:24 am

This looks just absolutely lovely. I’m going to definately try it! I’m so glad you post pictures!

(i will be linking to your blog soon!)

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patsyk March 18, 2009 at 11:51 am

Wow! That burger looks amazing to me! I haven’t used ground chicken for fear that it would end up too dry.

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Ivy March 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

They don’t sell ground chicken here in Greece but I think it would taste great. Your burgers look delicious.

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Donna March 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

These look so delicious. Its one of my favorite diners. Never thought to use it as a burger! Nice!

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Annie March 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

OMG, what a great idea! We would love these in our house. I’m definitely going to make them!

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Ginny March 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

These look awesome…can’t wait to try.

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Kerstin March 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Looks SO good – I love the mushrooms on top!

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nina March 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

This is definitely a burger that I would like to get my hands on!!!! I will try this pretty soon. A healthy Burger….kind of a contridiction????

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petercooks March 19, 2009 at 5:37 am

What a wonderful way to increase the flavour of ground chicken Elly…the burgers look superb and tasty I bet!

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joan nova March 19, 2009 at 6:43 am

So funny…I recently thought to myself “when is the last time I had a pizza burger?” And immediately took that thought to a possible post which I haven’t had the time to do…also haven’t eat the burger yet either. It’s been a long time but I remember it as being delicious.

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Lindsey March 19, 2009 at 7:18 am

Elly, just wanted to let you know that I made these last night and they were soooo delicious. I used ground turkey breast because I couldn’t find ground all white meat chicken(do they even make that?), but they were so delicious. My husband declared them “a keeper!” Thanks again for sharing :)

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elly March 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

So glad you liked them, Lindsey! They do make ground white meat chicken (or a deli will usually do it for you), or you can just grind it youself from breasts (which I admittedly never do…but I should. :)

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arimou0 March 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

Now, that is my kind of lunch! I love the mushrooms on top, I bet these were delicious!

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peabody March 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

What a great way to use ground chicken. Looks yummy.

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elizabeth March 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm

mmmm… it looks delicious…I will try it soon

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Kevin March 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

What a great idea for a burger!

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Cynthia March 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I am kicking myself for all the great posts at your blog that I have missed. Thank heavens I can go back and view.

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giz March 23, 2009 at 8:57 am

Now this is what I call taking simple ingredients and making them spectacular. Now you’ve got me craving a burger.

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Colleen March 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

These look so tasty! Do you butter your rolls before you toast them? They look so golden brown and delicious!

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elly March 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Colleen – I brushed the rolls with just a little bit of garlic butter before broiling them :)

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truenorth67 March 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Elly, this looks so damn good….right down to the side salad. Hope the move is going smoothly.

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maria March 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm

How good do those look? How far into Lent are we–when is Easter again? This blogging bit is killing me this year!

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Saffoula in Seattle April 6, 2009 at 2:59 am

I love this part – “broiling is one of the most underutilized and underappreciated cooking methods out there…. It’s such a great alternative to grilling, being that it’s essentially an upside-down gas grill.” My Yiayia used the broiler a lot and I’m starting to get into it too. I was just telling my husband it is like grilling indoors. Works great on bacon too.

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Erin April 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Ooh, I have ground chicken in the fridge and was thinking about making some kind of burgers. These sound like a fun change of pace, and I know my husband would LOVE them!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl April 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

Perfect! I love that it’s ground chicken! This is a good idea for a family-friendly dinner for sure.

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Sophie May 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

This sounds so so good. I’ve used Parmesan cheese in meatloaf, I’ll have to try it in a burger some time :)!

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Jen May 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Very good burgers! I made my own version tonight and they came out pretty good.

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Stacey June 30, 2009 at 6:47 am

This looks so delicious! I must try!

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Jessica November 2, 2009 at 12:42 am

I’m going to make these into chicken meatballs for my toddler. Thanks for the recipe!

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Teresa February 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

These look great! I put them on the menu plan for this week. Can’t wait to try them!

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Pamela April 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’m going to make these tonight! :)

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Jennifer May 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

I made these tonight, they were so good! My husband and I both agree they are keepers. Thanks for the great recipe!

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elly May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

So glad you liked them, Jennifer!

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Michelle February 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

I made these with turkey and they turned out great!

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Tracey May 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

I tried these recently to switch things up from our usual burgers, and they were great! Thanks :)

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elly May 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

Glad you enjoyed them, Tracey!

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Wendy October 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

I just have to tell you … I first made these burgers the day after this post went up, and four and a half years later it’s still one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I make them at least twice a month, and my mouth starts watering as soon as I write it on my menu. Awesome, awesome recipe!!

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elly October 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

That’s great, Wendy! So glad you like them!

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