Friday, October 14, 2011

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

You know how if you eat something that tastes horrible, you really don't give it a second chance? Well, this is how it is with Darin. Some time in his life, he was handed a turkey burger and it left such a bad taste in his mouth, he vowed never to eat it again.
When it comes to his burgers, he only wants beef. In an attempt to eat healthier (which means cutting out a lot of red meat), I've been trying to substitute ground turkey for all ground beef recipes. I've been wanting to try this recipe for awhile, but I continued to put it on the back burner because it contains turkey. But when I came across it again during my weekly meal planning time, I decided to go for it. Why? He loves my chicken parm meatballs, and this was essentially the same thing but in burger form.

I assembled the burger meat in the morning and when I was patting the meat into burgers, Darin says- "mmm, that looks good!". I attributed the (much lighter color) of the turkey meat to either the kitchen was kind of dark.... or maybe it wasn't too contrasting in color since he is color blind?

I cooked them in my dutch oven which gave these burgers an amazing crust. The burgers were moist and flavorful, and Darin.... ended up really liking them. Next time, he'd prefer them on a bun but otherwise, he gave it 2 thumbs up.


  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil, minced, divided
  • 10 sliced Italian bread, thickly sliced- 8 slices toasted, 2 slices crusts removed and diced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1# ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced finely
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 think slices of Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 large Radicchio leaves (I used baby spinach leaves)

  1. Combine marinara and 2 Tbsp freshly minced basil in a small saucepan. Transfer 2 Tbsp of marinara mixture to a medium bowl. Heat the saucepan on low and keep warm.
  2. Combine the diced bread, Parmesan, and remaining 2 Tbsp of basil in a food processor. Pulse to form a fine crumb.
  3. Transfer half of the bread crumbs to a shallow dish and add the remaining bread crumbs to the bowl with the 2 Tbsp of marinara.
  4. In the medium bowl with the marinara and bread crumb mixture, add the ground turkey, 1-1/2 tsp olive oil, onion, and salt. Combine well, and form the mixture into 4 patties. 
  5. Coat the patties with the bread crumbs in the shallow dish.
  6. Heat the remaining 1-1/2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties until the bottoms are crusted- about 4 minutes. Flip the patties over, top with cheese, and cook another 3 minutes. Cover and cook an additional minute until the patties are cooked through and cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Assemble burgers with bread, radicchio, basil leaves, and warm marinara on toasted bread slices.
Source: The Jey of Cooking
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