Chicken Parmesan Burgers

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I’m on a burger bender.

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It’s come to the point where I’ve even hauled the grill back outside.

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And now that I’m back in touch with that delicious charring, I don’t foresee being able to stop anytime soon.
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So…winter barbecue, anyone?


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These burgers have all of the flavors that I love about Italian chicken Parmesan, with only a fraction of the fat and calories. Lean ground chicken breast is generously seasoned with garlic, basil, oregano, and made bulkier with the addition of sauteed onion and sweet red pepper. Smother it in rich tomato sauce, top it with mozzarella cheese, tuck it between two slices of toasted Italian bread, and serve it alongside your favorite salad for a perfect weeknight meal.


Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Yield: 4 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Patty with Marinara and Cheese

Calories per serving: 322

Fat per serving: 18g


    For the burgers:
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground chicken breast (or ground turkey breast)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (or 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil)
  • Toppings:
  • 4 ounces (1 cup shredded) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought


  1. beginning to soften. Add garlic, turn off the heat, and stir for 30 seconds. Remove to a small bowl and let cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining burger ingredients (do not add the mozzarella cheese or marinara sauce). Add the cooled onion/pepper mixture and use your hands to mix well. Form 4 evenly sized patties.
  3. Preheat your oven’s broiler. Place the patties on a lightly greased baking pan and broil for 4-5 minutes per side, until the burgers are no longer pink in their centers.
  4. Remove the patties from the oven and cover each with a thin layer of marinara sauce, reserving the remaining sauce to spread on buns/rolls for serving. Next, divide the mozzarella cheese evenly among the patties. Return the pan under the broiler for about 1 minute—just long enough for the cheese to melt. Serve immediately on your choice of bread or sandwich buns with remaining marinara sauce if desired.


Nutrition Information for 1 Chicken Patty with Marinara Sauce and Cheese: Calories 322, Fat 18g, Carb 11g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 6g, Protein 31g

Nutrition Information for 1 Chicken Patty, Plain (without marinara sauce or cheese): Calories 182, Fat 9g, Carb 3g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 1g, Protein 22g



  1. says

    OK Andie, you are officially as nutty as I am. A winter burger!? LOL. I like your style! I guess you guys must be suffering in that cold while we West coast people enjoy the lovely weather. I never want to see snow again, having lived in Toronto for many years. Hey does Mozzarella work better with a chicken burger? Because I am a sharp cheddar cheese (despite all the lactose intolerance) and burger fan. The Oregano is course a touch of genius with the chicken.

  2. says

    I love anything covered in cheese and this looks especially good. I can’t wait to try making some of your burgers, but mine will have to be cooked on my George Foreman grill!

  3. Diane @ Vintage Zest says

    What’s the best method for checking to see when the burgers are no longer pink in the center? I don’t want to keep poking at them because I have a slight fear of eating raw chicken. Thanks!

  4. Kris says

    “Burger Bender”! LOL. (I live in the Northeast so I get it…I purchased a grill pan 2 weeks ago because I NEEDED something grilled and I’m too much of a whimp to go outside. Have had lean burgers FOUR times since then.) Chicken parm burgers is GENIUS and I can’t wait to try them! I think they’d work well on the grill pan with just finishing the mozzarella under the broiler. Just added the ingredients to my shopping list… Thank you for your creativity and for sharing! Have tried several of your recipes and loved them all.

  5. says

    Holy mother of delicious burgers, these look FANTASTIC!!! I’m a huuuuge burger and chicken parmesan fan, so this is basically calling my name. Hip, hip, hooray for winter BBQ!

  6. Kristal says

    We grill all winter long, even though we live in frigid Wisconsin. Just last week, we made chicken fajitas on the grill when it was 15 degrees! My mouth is watering at the thought of these burgers. The ingredients are going on my grocery list for next week. Yum!

    • says

      Hi Kristal, I grew up in frigid WI and visit it often. Yes, it is frigid especially today! I live in NE Iowa currently and even here our windchill is -29 degrees right now. Brrr! I applaud you for being a true Wisconsinite and grilling year round! :) ~Becky

  7. says

    OMG. I’m waiting for some chicken on the grill and I so wish it was one of those burgers instead. I need to make those pronto. I usually choose beef, too, if I’m making a burger, because turkey/chicken burgers can be flavorless, but those look amazing! (Drool.)

  8. Anna says

    This recipe was an absolute hit at my house! These burgers were so flavorful, not to mention easy to make! Thank you so much for posting this. I know this will be a go-to in our household when we’re craving burgers but looking to stay somewhat healthy!

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