These Chicken Parmesan Burgers put a fun twist on an Italian classic!
Remember when I told you a few months ago about how to save money on meat? One of my favorite tips in that list is checking the meat department at Target because they deeply discount their meat that is about to expire. One day, they had ground chicken on clearance for $1.50 per pound. That is a crazy good deal! I wanted to buy them out, but then that seemed greedy. Also, my freezer isn’t that big and usually already full, so I was satisfied to buy four pounds of chicken. I regularly substitute ground turkey for beef in recipes, but I don’t use ground chicken very much. It does taste noticeably different than turkey (not in a bad way, just different), so I wanted to use it in a recipe that I would expect to taste like chicken. That is how these Chicken Parmesan Burgers were born! Let me tell you, we loved these flavorful, satisfying sandwiches. Since I planned to serve these chicken parmesan burgers on squarish ciabatta rolls, I made squarish burger patties. To do this, simply spread out your seasoned meat into a 3/4″ thick rectangle, and cut the meat into four equal pieces. The meat is pretty delicately held together, so be a little careful getting into the pan and flipping it. Once it was cooked though, it stays together fine. While the burgers cooked, I got the buns ready. Allow me to pause for a little story here. The night I made these for dinner, I used provolone slices, which is what is written in the recipe. The next day, I gathered all the leftover ingredients to make a burger for photos (and my lunch!), and the provolone was nowhere to be found. After spending a good five minutes digging through the refrigerator, I checked the trash, and there was our perfectly good cheese. My darling, wonderful husband, who cleans up the kitchen after dinner every single night, had thrown away half a package of cheese for some unknown reason. Husbands! I didn’t mention it to him because it was probably an accident, so I will just publicly call him out here instead… Fortunately, I did have some shredded Italian cheese on hand, so I made do with that. Either one is perfectly fine, so use what you’ve got. Where was I? Right! Getting the buns ready! Slice your rolls in half, spread a couple tablespoons of pizza or marinara sauce on one side, and top it with cheese. On the other half, arrange tomato slices, and top those with more cheese. Bake your prepared buns open as shown for a few minutes until hot and melty. Then, place your burger patty on the tomato side. Now, roll up your sleeves and enjoy your chicken parmesan burgers!