Chicken Parmesan Burgers

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Once the last present has been unwrapped and the last Christmas cookie has been eaten, I can’t help but feel a little sad. I look forward to Christmas all year, so once the season comes to a close I’m usually hit with a dose of post Holiday blues. But it always helps getting over the blues when you have something to look forward to. And 4 years ago, I had something pretty exciting to look forward to on December 26th. A first date. And not just any first date, but a first date with my good friend Eric. He came out to my hometown to see me and didn’t even ask for directions. I found this very impressive. And when he arrived at my house, he didn’t call or text me from his car, but he actually came to the door to pick me up. My dad and brother found this very impressive. I was so excited to be going out with Eric that I really didn’t put much thought into where we should go to dinner. So when he asked me where I would like to go, I picked the closest restaurant to my house. And the food was terrible. But Eric didn’t mind and we had a great time anyway. In fact, at the end of the night I had a feeling that it would be my last “first date.” And I was right. And this year, my post Christmas blues has been appeased by the fact that in a few short months I get to marry my best friend. So on this Friday after Christmas I thought I would share a meal that I recently made for Eric which far surpassed the crappy burgers we ate on our first date. I found this recipe for Chicken Parmesan Burgers on Courtney’s blog Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. And I gotta say, it is probably the best dinner recipe I have ever found on the blog world. The burgers are full of flavor and will definitely be a repeat meal for us. And they are also incredibly easy to whip up. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 4 burgers, Recipe from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

  • 1lb. ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 Hamburger buns

Preparation:

  1. Place first 7 ingredients (chicken through Italian seasoning) in a large bowl and mix until well incorporated
  2. Divide chicken mixture into 4 equal sections and form into 4 patties
  3. Place each patty on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes, flipping burgers after 6 minutes
  4. Spoon 1 additional tablespoon of marinara sauce on each burger and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of shredded mozzarella cheese, and let bake for an additional minute, or until cheese melts
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