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The taste of Italy comes alive in my Tuscan Chicken Burger. Full of Italian seasonings, topped with fresh mozzarella, garden tomatoes then served on grilled Italian crusty bread.

Tuscan Chicken Burger

The taste of Italy comes alive in my Tuscan Chicken Burger. Full of Italian seasonings, topped with fresh mozzarella, garden tomatoes then served on grilled Italian crusty bread.
Course Grilled
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 patties
Author Quinn Caudill

Ingredients

Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper

Chicken Patties:

  • 2 lbs. . ground chicken
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasonings
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large tomato, sliced thin
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella
  • oil for grill and brushing bread
  • chopped romaine lettuce (optional)

Instructions

Chicken Patties:

  1. In a large bowl combine chicken, bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic, salt and egg, with a wooden spoon.
  2. Try not to overwork the mixture.
  3. Form 6 equal patties and place on a plastic wrap lined tray.
  4. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and chill or freeze until ready to grill. (The chicken patties tend to be a little loose and benefits from chilling or freezing before grilling.)

Caramelized Onions:

  1. Pre-heat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine the onions, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil and place on the grill rack. The onions can also be made on the stove top.
  4. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized.
  5. Remove from the grill and set aside.

Grill Patties

  1. Brush the grill rack with oil.
  2. Place patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until the internal temperature of the patties reaches 165°F (about 4-6 minutes per side).
  3. Once the burgers are cooked, turn down grill and place a slice of tomato on each patty.
  4. Top with a slice of mozzarella.
  5. When cheese is melted remove patties from grill. Set aside and keep warm.
  6. Brush each side of the sliced Italian bread with olive oil and place on grill rack to toast, turning once, so that both sides are lightly toasted.

To assemble:

  1. Place chopped lettuce on one slice of bread.
  2. Add the burger.
  3. Top with the caramelized onions and top slice of bread.

Recipe Notes

First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2016