Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers

Fresh mozzarella cheese tops these grilled chicken burgers. They're served on a slice of ciabatta bread that's been topped with fresh basil leaves.

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Grill:
12 mins
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Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers

Ingredients
1
pound uncooked ground chicken or ground turkey
4
tablespoons purchased basil pesto
1/4
3
cloves garlic, minced
1/4
teaspoon kosher salt or salt
2
3-inch pieces ciabatta bread or four 3/4-inch-thick slices rustic Italian bread
2
tablespoons olive oil
4
slices fresh mozzarella cheese
2
cups fresh basil leaves, arugula, or spring garden mix
8
small tomato slices
 
Ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In bowl combine ground chicken, half of the pesto, the Parmesan, garlic, and salt. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick oval patties (to fit bread).
  2. Halve ciabatta horizontally. Brush cut side of ciabatta or both sides of Italian bread with olive oil; set aside (reserving any extra oil).
  3. For a charcoal grill, place patties on greased rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, 10 to 13 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (165 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. Top each patty with a mozzarella slice. Cover grill; grill 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Add bread and grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until toasted. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)
  4. Arrange greens on toasted bread. Top with chicken patties and tomato slices. Stir any remaining olive oil into remaining pesto and drizzle over all. Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers)
    Per serving:
  • 606 kcal cal.,
  • 36 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 4 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 12 g monounsatured fat),
  • 126 mg chol.,
  • 902 mg sodium,
  • 35 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 36 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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