Chicken Parm Burgers

Chicken Parm Burgers

I don't know how many of you watch the show "The Chew," but I am a regular viewer. If I can't catch the show while it's on during the afternoon, I record it and watch it at night. I LOVE this show. In fact, I don't think I've missed an episode since it debuted last fall. Is that wrong? 

If you haven't watched it before, you really must check it out. Mario Batali and Michael Symon play off each other and say the funniest things. Plus they cook some damn good meals! Carla Hall is a trip and always makes me laugh. Daphne Oz is a cutie and always has good healthful tips and recipes. And then, of course, there is Clinton Kelly. I adore Clinton. He is funny and sassy and definitely a fashionista. But this isn't a plug to get you to watch the show. It really isn't. I just got sidetracked a bit. 

I got the inspiration for this chicken parm burger from a viewer on the The Chew who competed with two other viewers to cook with Mario. She made her version of this chicken parm burger and it looked so amazing. I knew I had to try it right away! So here we are, I made this recipe tonight and absolutely loved it. A flavorful, moist chicken burger smothered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on a warm bun. It's truly heaven.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for frying
2 tablespoons marinara sauce
2 teaspoons dried sweet basil
1 tablespoon onion flakes
Salt and pepper
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan, or Asiago, cheese
4 bakery buns, grilled and warmed
4 slices mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Mix chicken, oil, sauce and spices together. Form the chicken mixture into balls.  (The meat will be wet and gloppy.) Mix the breadcrumbs and grated cheese. (I used Asiago) Flatten balls into burger patties and dip into the breadcrumb mixture.

Place burgers on parchment lined sheet tray and allow them to set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Pour about an inch or so of olive oil in a nonstick fry pan. Pan fry burgers until cooked through and crispy. Drain them on a paper towel lined plate. 



Top burgers with some marinara sauce and a slice of mozzarella cheese and broil until cheese melts. Serve on the crispy bun.