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Chicken Parmesan Burgers

August 12, 2013

chicken parm burger dinner

What’s cooking on you grill?  Probably lots of burgers, right? It is the summer staple. Easy for company, crowd-pleasing.  We have had lots this summer and it’s been great.

To mix it up a bit, I make these chicken Parmesan burgers. Kind of like a meatball with the flavors of chicken Parmesan served like a hamburger. Go with it.

chicken parm fresh ingredients

chicken parmesan burgers ingredients in bowl

Ground chicken is really lean / healthy.   This recipe is great because it both gives you different way to eat chicken (so to avoid that same-old boring chicken recipe) & it delivers a twist on the summer staple, the burger.

chicken parm raw

You can use any cheese you like, same for the marinara or tomato sauce. (My husband is the extra sauce type so I also serve the sauce on the side for dipping…you know, in lieu of ketchup.)  I have also drizzled the chicken burgers with a little olive oil before grilling – feel free if you want to make sure the burgers do not get dried out in grilling (due to the low-fat in ground chicken).  For what I’m sure is an unnecessary reason, I sprinkle the finished patties with more bread crumbs.  I’ve also cooked these burgers indoors in oil in the skillet…I just broiled the marinara/cheese topping for a minute in the oven.


chicken parm on grill

1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs (Panko, regular or seasoned), plus more for sprinkling patties (if desired)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup onion, finely diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1 tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped (optional)
2 lbs lean ground chicken
Marinara sauce & slices of Provolone


  • Make chicken burgers: combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, onion, seasonings, egg in a med bowl. Gently stir together & mix in ground chicken.
  • Form into patties about 4″ wide & an inch thick.  (Optional – sprinkle with additional bread crumbs.)  Cook on preheated grill until cooked through, about 12 min.
  • Top each burger with about 1 tbsp of marinara sauce & 1 slice of cheese. Cover & heat until cheese is melted, less than a minute.  Serve on toasted buns with extra marinara sauce on the side.
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