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Chicken Parmesan Burgers

A restaurant-quality burger that's topped with marinara and loaded with cheese—what's not to love? Fresh basil adds even more flavor. —Brooke Petras, Alpine, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup marinara sauce, chopped mozzarella cheese, bread crumbs, seasonings and onion mixture. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. With wet hands, shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • In the same skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Cook burgers until a thermometer reads 165°, 4-5 minutes on each side. Top with sliced mozzarella cheese; cook, covered, until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve in buns; top with remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese and, if desired, basil leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 603 calories, 33g fat (10g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 1275mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 38g protein.

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  • Lebbie
    Oct 11, 2020

    GREAT recipe! I made these with ground turkey and both my husband and I LOVED them! I'm sure they would be great with any ground meat. We plan on using this recipe for meatball sandwiches on hoagie rolls along with a side salad with Italian dressing. Delicious!

  • Andrea
    Sep 15, 2020

    Really tasty chicken burger. Sautéed onions, cheese and marinara keep the chicken really moist.

  • browns19fan
    Nov 21, 2019

    These were quite good. I made a half-recipe using ground turkey. I omitted the Parmesan, subbed various other herbs for the Italian seasoning, and added dried minced onion and chopped garlic to the burger mixture without pre-cooking. More basil next time; we could barely taste it on the burgers.

  • curlylis85
    Oct 26, 2019

    These are a crowd pleaser! My favorite thing was that they were moist and held together really well, because sometimes chicken/turkey burgers don't.

  • Westiebabe
    Oct 13, 2019

    These are wonderful! Because of my chicken allergies, I substituted ground turkey and it was a huge hit! We've had these several time now and they are a great addition to our preferred recipes.

  • Peapod0114
    Aug 24, 2019

    These were totally awesome and so easy. I made them for my whole family when we went to our cabin. I doubled up the recipe and it made 12 patties. Everyone loved them. This was only my second time using ground chicken and I am impressed every time. I really love burgers so its awesome to have a different option besides beef. Very flavorful will definitely make these again.

  • vpark
    Aug 18, 2019

    Tasty summer alternative. We cooked ours on the grill.