Chicken Parmesan Burgers

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I don’t know how it happened or where along the way I took a wrong turn, but somehow I ended up at the county fair this weekend.

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I wouldn’t consider myself a carnival type of gal. Ferris wheels give me extreme anxiety unless Ryan Gosling is hanging off of one. But this fair was surprisingly red neck & enjoyable!

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We went to partake in a beer & cider tasting. (Lure us with alcohol & we will blindly follow you anywhere.) But there were so many other activities to enjoy! I even participated in the petting zoo portion of the evening. Like, I touched a horse named Wasabi & met a llama named Chewie. Then I got a little jealous because I hate realizing that there are other people out there who are good at naming animals, too.

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And it took every measly ounce of strength I had to deny myself a funnel cake. I haven’t had one in exactly 2 years and 3 months. I know this because I remember the exact time & place of every funnel cake I’ve ever had. It’s an experience to me. But the last time we met, I vowed to never look at one again. Why? Heart disease & obesity, obviously. But I’d like one of these on my deathbed for anyone keeping score at home.

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Next year I’m not leaving until Garrett has won me a giant stuffed animal I have no use for.


Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 burgers


  • 1 lb. of ground chicken
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup of marinara sauce + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • Ciabatta rolls, toasted
  • Basil, for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + cook another minute
  • Pour onion mix into a large bowl + let cool for a few minutes
  • Add ground chicken + parmesan + marinara + panko + oregano + crushed red pepper + italian seasoning + S+P, mix well
  • While a grill is heating up, form chicken into 6 patties
  • Grill on each side for 10 minutes
  • Add a patty to a toasted bun + top with marinara + parmesan + basil
  • Serve hot
  • It’s ok if you accidentally make soft groans while eating this


Idea came from this month’s Cooking Light, but I can’t find it online so take my word for it!


13 thoughts on “Chicken Parmesan Burgers

  1. varinaj says:

    You SKIPPED the funnel cake?! Who are you?? (Side bar: I really want to go visit my sister in Minnesota for their state fair – those are real things, I didn’t realize – so I can have a deep fried OREO. Who came up with that and can we be friends!?)


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