Cheesy Italian Chicken Burgers

by Family Food on the Table

Cheesy Italian Chicken Burgers are juicy and so flavorful with just a few simple ingredients, including sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning. They are topped with melty mozzarella cheese and great for a delicious, easy dinner!


  • I use lean ground chicken that’s usually labeled 90% to 93% lean. The super lean kind (99% lean) doesn’t have very much flavor, in my opinion.
  • You can also make your own ground chicken. Cut a pound of raw chicken breasts into smaller pieces and place them in a food processor. Pulse and process until the chicken breasts are broken down. You can use half chicken thighs too if you want to mix in some dark meat.
  • I typically make our burgers in a skillet on the stove, but you can definitely grill them, if you prefer.
  • I have made these without the Parmesan cheese in the burger patty and they were still delicious. But it does add a great cheesy note and some umami flavor!

A pro tip on melting your mozzarella cheese (this works for any cheese you add to a burger really): Put the cheese on after flipping the burgers, and let it melt as the burgers finish cooking.

However, if it isn’t melting down enough, cover the pan with a lid for the last minute. The steam helps the process along.

Looking for more easy chicken recipes? Greek yogurt is a delicious marinade for chicken, helping make it extra tender—try easy Yogurt Marinated Chicken or Honey Mustard Yogurt Chicken Skewers either baked or on the grill.

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  • 10 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 4 burgers

Cheesy Italian Chicken Burger


1 lb. lean ground chicken (about 90% lean)
3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1/4 inch thick each)

For serving:
Burger buns, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce or arugula, sautéed onions and mushrooms, fresh basil, prosciutto, pesto for topping


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese (if using), garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Mix until just combined, using a fork or your hands.
  2. Shape into 4 even patties, about 1/2 inch thick each.
  3. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the burgers to the pan when hot and cook for 5-6 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook these over a well-greased grill on medium-high heat.
  4. Flip the burgers over, add a slice of mozzarella to the top of each one and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until the burgers are done. If your cheese isn’t melting enough, you can cover the pan with a lid during the last minute of cooking time to help it along.
  5. Let rest for a few minutes so the burgers retain their juices. Serve hot on burger buns with desired toppings and enjoy!

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Kathryn is a health and nutrition editor, wife, mother of two little kids and a devoted food and home cooking nut. She has lots of easy recipes and resources that she shares on Family Food on the Table to help you get delicious family food on your table!

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