Our family has a lot of meatless meals that we love, and many of them are so quick and easy, they end up making it onto our menu at least once every two weeks.  It’s great to have a solid set of healthy and delicious meals to choose from, but I’m always glad to have a new one to add to the ranks.

These eggplant parmesan burgers are definitely a new favorite in our house.  I adore these because, as much as I love traditional eggplant parm, these burgers have the exact same flavor but are far less labor intensive.  Also, the kids always get excited about eggplant because they think the name is funny, and they like that it is purple…so there’s that.  If you are looking for more meatless meals to add to your repertoire, I suggest trying this one ASAP.  I have no doubt it will be going into heavy rotation here.

  • Yield 6 burgers


  • 2 large eggplants (about 2 lbs.), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups panko
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Marinara sauce (about ¾ cup)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Burger buns, sliced and toasted


  • 01

    Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Add the eggplant to the pot and cook, stirring frequently to make sure the eggplant cubes all get submerged. Cook until the cubes are softened, about 8-10 minutes.  Drain in a colander and let cool.  Once cool enough to handle, spread between layers of clean kitchen towels or multiple layers of paper towels and press out as much excess liquid as possible.  Once the eggplant is drained, transfer to a cutting board and chop finely.

  • 02

    Transfer the chopped eggplant to a large bowl.  Add the panko, Parmesan, parsley, basil and garlic to the bowl.  Stir in the eggs.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Form the mixture into six patties.

  • 03

    Preheat the oven to 450˚ F and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the patties to the skillet and cook, turning once, until the burgers are browned on both sides.  (Add the additional 1 tablespoon of oil when you flip the burgers, if necessary.)  Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the patties to the baking sheet.  Top each patty with a few tablespoons of marinara sauce and a layer of sliced mozzarella.  Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Assemble with burger buns and any other desired toppings.