Monday, April 15, 2013

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers

I like to think of these burgers as an inside out version of Chicken Parmesan. You have your chicken burgers, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and covered in a spicy tomato sauce. If that doesn't sound absolutely delicious, I don't know what does. These burgers are such a treat that everyone enjoys each time I make them.

Recipe yields about 8 burgers

2 lbs chopped chicken
8 balls of marinated mozzarella cheese (plus more for snacking!)
1 large scallion
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
2 tsp oregano
1 tbsp Worcester sauce

Burger rolls (I used onion rolls I picked up from the bakery - they were delicious!)

For the sauce:
1 large can Tuttorosso tomato sauce
3 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Finely mince the garlic and shallot.

In a large mixing bowl, add all of your ingredients.

Mix them all together to evenly incorporate all ingredients throughout the meat.

Grab a handful of the mixture and create a burger with a hollow center. Add in a ball of mozzarella and cover it up with another pinch of meat. Your goal here is to bury the mozzarella into the middle of the burgers.

Arrange your burgers on a platter until you are ready to cook them.

Add a teaspoon of oil to a hot skillet. Add your burgers and cook on medium heat about 4 minutes per side.

You want the outsides to have a golden crust and the insides to be white - no sign of pink here, please!

While your burgers are cooking, add your sauce to a pot with your spices. Give it a good stir and bring it to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, lower it to a simmer until you are ready to use it.

Slice your buns and place a chicken burger on the bottom half. Top with a heaping spoonful of tomato sauce.

Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping and enjoy!