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Bruschetta Chicken Burgers

Bruschetta Chicken Burgers

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Bruschetta Chicken Burgers are my answer to the winter doldrums – they’re a taste of summer in January! They’re also still in my 80 zone in the 80-20 rule of eating. They look and taste super indulgent, but they’re actually still pretty healthy. Winning on all fronts, I’d say!



For the Bruschetta Topping:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion or shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Burgers:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup finely grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 1 lb ground chicken breast

For Serving:

  • Burger buns or pita pockets
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Baby greens or microgreens (or whatever lettuce you prefer!)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze


For the Topping:

While the burgers are cooking, make the topping by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl and seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper. Let sit for 15-20 minutes while you make the burgers.

For the Burgers:

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, spices, herbs, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and cheese. Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning. It should taste a little over-seasoned – remember, the meat isn’t in the mix yet and we want it to be super flavorful.
  3. Fold in the chicken until it is just incorporated, trying not to overwork the meat.
  4. Divide the mixture into fourths and form four burger patties. Place the burgers in the hot oil and cook for 5 minutes per side.

To Serve:

  1. Top each hot burger with a slice of fresh mozzarella and then carefully transfer to burger buns or pita pockets.
  2. Top the burgers with the bruschetta mixture, greens, more basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: burgers

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