These days, I rarely make anything that takes longer than 30 minutes anymore. Maybe that sounds a bit ridiculous but after moving around all day, the last thing I want to do is cook something that requires lots of prep and more time on my feet. At almost 7 months pregnant and carrying more weight than ever, my feet hurt! So I was excited when I saw a recipe this month in Cooking Light for Chicken Parmesan Burgers. Looks quick and easy! The only problem is, there was no parmesan in the recipe. Anyone see a problem there?
Regardless, I love experimenting with different kinds of burgers so I put together my own version. I used ground turkey to still keep them light (and also because Trader Joe’s did not have ground chicken). If you can find ground chicken at your own grocery store though, feel free to substitute! Also, I wanted to add an extra punch of vegetables and lightly sauteed mushrooms were be the perfect addition. We really enjoyed these and I will definitely be making them again!
Turkey Parmesan Burgers
1/2 lb. ground turkey or chicken
1 (heaping) Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 (heaping) Tablespoon panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup marinara sauce, plus 2 Tablespoons set aside
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 oz. fresh mozzarella sliced
1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 teaspoon olive oil
Good quality rolls–I used Trader Joe’s Parm-iago Rosemary Rolls and they were fantastic!
1. Combine turkey (or chicken), parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, 1/3 cup marinara sauce, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Divide into 2 portions, shaping patties about 1/4″ thick.
2. Meanwhile, place olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms (and salt and pepper to taste). Cook about 5 minutes or until soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
3. In the same pan as the mushrooms, place the burgers. Still at medium heat, cook 6 minutes on each side. Add mozzarella and cook for an additional minute until the cheese is melted.
4. Layer the burgers, mushrooms, and additional marinara sauce on each sliced roll. Serve immediately. Preferably with oven-baked sweet potato fries!