CHICKEN PARMESAN BURGERS ~ SIMPLY DELICIOUS SUNDAY

Chicken Parmesan Burgers from Cooking Light
10 1/2 inch sliced  French bread
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons minced fresh basil, plus 12 large basil leaves
3/4 cup marinara sauce
12 ounces ground chicken
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 slices mozzarella cheese

  • Blend diced bread and Parmesan cheese in food processor to fine crumbs. Place in pie plate and add 2 tablespoons basil.
  • Mix marinara and 2 tablespoons basil in small saucepan. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce in a large bowl. Add chicken, 1/2 tablespoons oil, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle with pepper; blend. Shape into 4 patties; coat with crumbs. Heat sauce over low heat.
  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Cook patties till bottoms are crusty, about 4 minutes. Turn patties over; add slice of mozzarella to each. Cook 3 minutes. Cover and cook 1 more minute or until cheese melts and patties are done.
  • Serve with basil and marinara sauce on toasted French bread.

Modifications:
I was a little confused with this recipe.  The ingredients didn’t say anything about diced bread and I really didn’t want to pull out a food processor so I just used Italian bread crumbs to use as a binding.

Here’s what I started with:

Here’s how I did it:
#1 I grated some onion into 1lb of ground chicken.  #2 I chopped up some fresh basil.   
#3 I poured some bread crumbs into the mixture as a binder.
#4 I poured some marinara sauce in a pan and let it heat up a bit.
#5 I added the Parmesan cheese and a little bit of the sauce to the chicken and then mixed it up.
#6 I scored the chicken into 4 parts and formed them into patties.
#7 I sliced up some French bread and threw it into a 375 degree oven to toast.
#8 I cooked the burgers in a wrought iron skillet with some olive oil.

#9 Once they were cooked, I put some mozzarella cheese on them to melt.
#10 Once the cheese melted, I put the burgers on the French bread with some of the marinara sauce and a couple of basil leaves.
The Finished Product:
If you have ever worked with ground chicken in a burger you know that it is kind of difficult.  They are so soft and fall apart easily.  I think I should have added just a bit more Parmesan cheese or bread crumbs.  These were delicious, though, and reminded us of meatball sandwiches.