Saucy Mozzarella & Chicken Burgers

Mozzarella cheese and your favourite pasta or pizza sauce make the perfect toppings for these Italian spiced burgers. Serve with your roasted oven fries and a crisp green salad.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients

1 lb extra lean ground chicken
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1/4 cup red onions, minced
1/4 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 tsp basil, dried
1/2 tsp fennel seed, whole, crushed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp hot red chili pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups mozzarella cheese, part skim, 16.5% MF, grated
3/4 cups pizza or pasta sauce, ready to serve
1 cup baby spinach, fresh
6 tomato slices
6 onion slices
6 whole wheat hamburger buns

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Add cooked brown rice and chicken to a large mixing bowl. Add the red onion, Romano cheese, basil, fennel, garlic powder, chile pepper flakes and salt and mix well to combine. Divide into six equal portions measuring a generous ⅓ cup each. Shape into patties approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.

  2. Preheat grill to medium high. Place burgers on top rack, close lid and grill 15 minutes on one side or until browned. Turn burgers over and carefully top each with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) mozzarella cheese. Close lid and grill another 7–10 minutes or until a thermometer set in centre of burgers registers 165°F (74°C). Remove from grill.

  3. Place hamburger buns cut side down on grill and toast lightly. Remove from grill. Spread each half with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) pizza or pasta sauce.

  4. Top bottom of bun with 1/6th of the baby spinach followed by a slice each of red onion and tomato. Top with a grilled chicken burger and close bun.

Nutrition Info

Per 255 g serving Amount
Calories380
Protein23 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate36 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol70 mg
Sodium550 mg
Per 255 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium8
Calcium25
Iron15
Vitamin A10
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B611
Vitamin B126
Folate9
Zinc18