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Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers

Makes: 4 servings
Prep 25 mins Grill 12 mins
Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers
  • 1  pound  uncooked ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 4  tablespoons  purchased basil pesto
  • 1/4  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 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

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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • cal. (kcal) 606,
  • Fat, total (g) 36,
  • chol. (mg) 126,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 35,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 12,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 36,
  • vit. A (IU) 1652,
  • vit. C (mg) 9,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 9,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 133,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 902,
  • Potassium (mg) 849,
  • calcium (mg) 303,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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