May 10, 2011

Chicken Parmigiana Burgers



A quick lunch or weeknight meal ready in less than 10 minutes your whole family will enjoy! Chicken burgers topped with pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella on a hardy bun. Grill them or you cook them indoors in a skillet. Easy enough to adapt for one or a large group.

Burgers are the perfect weeknight meal and using lean chicken or turkey burgers keep these burgers figure friendly. You can certainly buy your own ground chicken and make the patties yourself but if you don't feel like getting your hands dirty, the pre-seasoned patties are perfect. If you're feeling extra lazy and you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's near you they make delicious pre-cooked chicken burger in the refrigerated section which are so good!

I always have sauce on hand, it's smart to make large batches of sauce to jar or freeze so you can whip up quick meals in a pinch... of course store bought jarred sauce would work as well. Serve these over fat free rolls such as ciabatta or whole wheat kaiser if you can find them. Points may vary depending on brands. The rolls I used were 110 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber, 23 carbs.


Chicken Parmigiana Burgers
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 burger •  Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8
Calories: 324.7 • Fat: 8.9 g • Protein: 31.1 g • Carb: 28.8 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium 775 mg (without adding salt)


Ingredients:
 
  • 16 oz lean chicken burgers
  • 4 oz part skim mozzarella cheese (I used Alpine Lace)
  • 1 cup pomodoro sauce (jar sauce would work)
  • 4 rolls such as ciabatta rolls

Directions:

Heat the sauce; cook burgers 2-3 minutes on each side. Top with cheese; when melted put on a roll and top with sauce.
Enjoy!


    50 comments :

    1. What a great idea! I will definitely be trying this!

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    2. Yum! Like chicken parm without all of the fat. Thank you Gina. You are simply the best.

      --Shannon
      NYC

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    3. Hi!!! This is also amazing with Boca Burgers ....for all those who do not eat meat
      However, the quinoa in the veg. burger is too strong and thus the cheese flavor was (in my opinion) quite weak.
      So, next time, I will use low fat feta cheese ...it does not melt, but it is too yummy.
      OR goat cheese....it is soft and oh so heavenly.
      Thanks Gina !!!!
      Question: How do you make your tomatoe sauce????
      from scratch? or do you use caned/cubes
      Thanks !!!

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    4. what an easy way to make a great meal in to a healthy burger!!!

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    5. Anonymous- Yes I actually love Boca Burgers! Would be a great vegetarian option! Click on the link for the pomodoro sauce recipe in the ingredients list.

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    6. I have not tried chicken in burgers before, but, your post inspires me to try them. I wonder about the salt content though. This seems high. Any thoughts on why??

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    7. Thanks Gina!!!
      Salt/Sodium...depends on sauce no?

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    8. Yes, I really don't like posting sodium because it will vary brand to brand, but it's a good estimate. Keep in mind the burgers were pre-seasoned so if you use chopped chicken, you should season it to your taste, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.

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    9. Could you use a thin sliced chicken breast?

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    10. Wonderful looking burger! I like the idea of easy healthy meal... yummy!

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    11. These look yum-a-licious!! :) Any chance you have a recipe for using ground chicken instead of the pre-made patties?? Thanks!

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    12. Carol- Use my turkey burger recipe with chicken instead!!

      You can use sliced chicken, or make my baked chicken parmesan recipe instead!

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    13. Wow, looks amazing! Me and the roomies are going to make these for our next roommate dinner!

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    14. mmm looks yum! do you have the pomodoro sauce recipe? and trader joes sweet potatoe fries would be excellent with it!!! =)

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    15. Yes! http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/filetto-di-pomodoro-1-ww-pt.html

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    16. Made these the other night for dinner, and they were a big hit! Another keeper recipe!

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    17. Making this tonight, cannot wait, having it with sweet potato fries!

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    18. Awesome!!! Murray's is the best too. I will buy only Murray's chicken now.

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    19. We made these for dinner on the grill tonight (forming our own chicken patties and adding an egg, italian breadcrumbs and a bit of oregano), melted slices of fresh provolone and topping with jarred Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce. Hubby bought a loaf of ciabatta so I sliced it in half lenghtwise and made my own buns. It was FAN-TASTIC!!

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    20. These look fantastic and will be on a menu in my house very soon.

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    21. I made this last night and used the pre-cooked Trader Joe's chicken burgers you mentioned. Super easy and really tasty. Thanks!!

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    22. GINA,
      I love these. I made them for dinner last night and lunch today! Wow,what a great idea!

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    23. I'm happy you all like them! It's a fun way to eat chicken burgers.

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    24. I made this as a low-cal alternative to chicken Parmesan with gluten free pasta and my husband and I both loved it. I could not find pre-packaged chicken burgers, so I used ground chicken, added fresh basil, oregano and parsley from my herb garden, as well as a pinch of salt and pepper and a half a handful of fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Grilled in my panini maker for 4 minutes and then finished under the broiler for a minute with sauce and cheese. I used Gina's marinara sauce recipe from her baked zucchini strips recipe----Super Yummy meal!

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    25. My grocery doesn't carry the premade burgers, so I made my own with ground chicken and spices. I stuffed mine with the mozzarella and put pizza sauce on top. YUMMY! Thanks, Gina. I never would have made "chicken burgers" without seeing this post.

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    26. Carol, I bet yours were fantastic!
      Kristen, love the idea of stuffing them with cheese! I may do that next time myself. And I agree, ground chicken is not something I usually buy, I much prefer ground turkey to ground chicken.

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    27. Was at my Trader Joe's today and picked up the pre-cooked chicken burgers. Made this for my lunch on a toasted sandwich thin. Yum! Thanks Gina!

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    28. I have SUCH a hard time finding buns or rolls that are low in calories (110 cals). Where did you find yours, Gina? I have found soft, whole wheat rolls, but nothing ciabatta like.

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    29. I found them in the deli section of my supermarket. I'm always looking at bread labels.

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    30. This is the 7th recipe my husband and I have tried from your site. It is also the 7th recipe that has gone on our permanent "must make this again!" list!

      You have satisfied this picky eater, and you have a reader for life!

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    31. Can I just say how much I LOVEEEE you site! I discovered it a couple weeks ago and have made about 20-30 recipes, LOVED them all, and am just working my way through your site! We have made these twice already! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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    32. So glad you all liked this, and so happy you are all coming back to try new recipes!

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    33. This is so easy and so good! I am so grateful for this site.

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    34. Making these tonight with some asparagus! Looking forward to it!

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    35. These were delicious! We'll be making them again and again.

      Shannon
      Northern VA

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    36. Wonderful idea, my kids LOVED their "pizza burgers" I used ground chicken and just added Italian seasoning & salt and pepper. Pan fried and used bertolli jarred marinara sauce and wheat hamburger buns. KID PLEASER, quick and easy! These would make a great appetizer or party food if made slider size!

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    37. I am soo gonna have to try this :)

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    38. Mmmmm....I was just looking for something that I could make with your onion rings for an easy weeknight meal. I think this is just the ticket! THANKS! :)

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    39. This is perfect for this week! I have three tests and I needed to make something quick, healthy, and filling. I combined this with a salad and it was super delicious! Thanks Gina. :)

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    40. Just made these and they are fantastic! I had to make my own patties from ground chicken, italian spices and some italian bread crumbs. This is one of the best lunches I've made.

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    41. I am going to try these tonight. I have made 25+ of your recipes. Basically 5 nights a week I use skinnytaste. I've done weight watchers a couple times and never found it as easy as I do with your help. Thank you. 12 lbs lost in one month!!! :) YOU ARE THE BEST ---Lindsey

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    42. I made today for dinner and boy it was so good! I should have made more of the sauce! It makes the sandwich! YUM!
      Garlic Girl!

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    43. This looks amazing! I have to make me one of these burgers.

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    44. My hubby LOVES this recipe I found on your site!!! One of our favorites! I do add sauteed onions to the sandwich. I did have my local butcher grind the chicken for me (it was breast meat only) and it was a little drier than the Purdue ground chicken I buy. But LOVE THIS!!!

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    45. So, just to be clear, if I have my portion without a roll, everything is the same except it's 5.8 g Carbs?

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    46. Trying yet another amazing recipe of yours tonight. Thank you so much for helping me stay on track with my wedding diet!

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    47. How many points is just the chicken patty. i cant find it anywhere

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      1. You can make your own, just season with salt and pepper.

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    48. Made these with Turkey burgers and they turned out great, and were perfect on whole wheat buns. Thanks for sharing!

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    49. These are so good! Thanks for the recipe.

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