As soon as I read the title of this recipe, my first thought was, “YUM!”.  These were pretty much guaranteed to be a hit in our house.  We love chicken Parmesan and we love burgers, but it never occurred to me to combine the two.  Thanks to Elly for such a phenomenal idea!  These completely lived up to my expectations.  This is a very simple dinner that requires little effort, and I think it is perfect for a weeknight.  I cooked these with the broiler but I’m sure they would be wonderful on the outdoor grill as well.  These will definitely be something I make again and again!

Chicken Parmesan Burgers
For the burgers:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 tbsp. chopped flat leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, finely diced
Salt and pepper

For serving:
Pasta sauce
Mozzarella or provolone cheese (sliced or shredded)
Sautéed mushrooms (optional)
4 hamburger buns

In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients for the burgers.  Mix well until thoroughly combined.  Form the mixture into 4 patties.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

Preheat the broiler.  Spray the broiler pan with cooking spray.  (Alternatively, cook the burgers on an outdoor grill or grill pan.)  Broil the burgers for 4-6 minutes on one side, then flip and broil for 4-6 more minutes on the other side until fully browned and cooked through.  Remove from the oven, top each burger with pasta sauce and cheese.  Place back under the broiler for 30-60 seconds until the cheese is melted.  Top with sautéed mushrooms if desired, and serve on toasted hamburger buns.

Source: adapted from Elly Says Opa!