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Open-Face Chicken Parmesan Burgers

We love chicken Parmesan and thought, "Why not make it a burger?" I like to use fresh mozzarella on these. I've also made the patties with ground turkey. —Charlotte Gehle, Brownstown, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 2 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut in half
  • 4 slices Italian bread (3/4 inch thick)


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add chicken; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick oval patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Top burgers with 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce and cheese. Cover and grill 30-60 seconds longer or until cheese is melted.
  • Grill bread, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 30-60 seconds on each side or until toasted. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce. Serve burgers on toasted bread.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to an airtight freezer container; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 381 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 784mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Appy_Girl
    Jul 19, 2019

    So tasty and easy to make. I made up fresh ground chicken using one chicken breast. Love adding some sauce to the meat mixture. It not only extended the taste but it made the meat nice and moist. VFE

  • CarlyFace
    Jul 16, 2016

    My family and I really enjoyed this. We substituted frozen prepared garlic bread slices for the Italian bread called for in the recipe, and it was to die for! Definitely give it a shot.

  • justmbeth
    Oct 9, 2015

    Delicious! Proclaimed a keeper by family.

  • Debra82
    Jun 5, 2015

    These were absolutely one of the best dishes I have ever made. Made some changes, in lieu of bread crumbs, I just finely crushed up some saltine crackers and added and used ground turkey meat. Also added a hint of salt and pepper with a generous addition of garlic. Let them sit in the frig for 2 days and the flavors were awesome. My whole frig was fragrant with the garlic and herbs, even being covered. Baked in the oven at 375 F until the 165 F in the middle and then moved forward with the marinara and mozz. These would be great prepped and then frozen as in the recipe. Can't wait to do it. Didn't place on the bread, just served with some beautiful grilled zucchini. Raves all aound for this dish. These would make great meatballs also because the flavor is extraordinary. I think the resting time in the frig really brought the flavors together.

  • NoodleNel
    Jun 11, 2014

    Wonderful. Heads up from my daughters to make again!

  • ColleenaG
    May 20, 2014

    Tasty burgers but we found the bread hard to eat. Next time I will use pasta instead. Great flavor!

  • lauramarielawson
    May 19, 2014

    These were really good. I made the patties the night before so my husband could just throw them together after work.

  • annrms
    May 17, 2014

    We thoroughly enjoyed these burgers. I used provolone cheese that we prefer, and, instead of bread, we had some Verde pasta salad along with some julienned vegetable salad that I had made for Kitchen Chat's salad challenge. Thanks, Charlotte!!!