A delicious burger twist on classic chicken parmesan that not only tastes great, but is lightened up and easy to make as well!
One of my favorite things to do with classic comfort foods is not only find a way to make them a little lighter so I can enjoy them more often, but also to transform them. The comfort food still has all the familiar flavors, but there some sort of twist added to the recipe. In the case of these Chicken Parmesan Burgers, I took a classic chicken parmesan recipe and instead of using a chicken breast I used ground chicken and turned it into a burger.
The burgers are a great alternative to what is generally a fancy and more involved dinner to make. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic version, check out my lightened up chicken parmesan recipe if you are looking to go that route. However, if you are looking for a casual weeknight dinner full of Italian flavor, then these burgers are just what you are looking for!
The burgers are seasoned with garlic, basil, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. They are then dredged in a light coating of panko breadcrumbs, more parmesan cheese, and little more garlic. The breadcrumb coating gives the burgers that crispy parmesan crust that you would find on traditional chicken parmesan. The burgers turn out best if you pan fry them rather than put them on the grill. Breadcrumbs tend to not do so well on a grill.
Once the burgers are cooked almost all the way through, top them with some homemade or good quality store bought marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Stick a lid over the skillet or put it in the oven to broil, just long enough for the cheese to melt. When the cheese is melted you can either stick them on a bun and eat them as is or top the cut side of the upper half of the bun with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese. Broil the bun halves in the oven until they are crisp and the cheese is golden and melted. It’s a little more work, but totally worth it!