You know, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Caesar salad.
Maybe it’s due to the fact that I like my salads filled to the brim with veggies. Then again, maybe it stems back to that one time when Jay and I were dating in high school…we went out to eat at one of our favorite spots and he ordered a Caesar salad, which came amply topped with some big, fresh anchovies right on top. That was pretty funny…but mostly just gross.
But then many years later, the two of us went for a tasting for our wedding, and I found myself face to face with probably one of THE best Caesar salads I’d ever eaten. I loved it so much that it even made the cut for our salad of choice on the dinner menu.
Ever since then though, I’ve probably only eaten one or two other chicken Caesar salads. I mean, I do enjoy the flavor of them…quite a bit, actually…but when I hear salad, I want veggies. LOTS of veggies.
So you know what I did? I took all of that yummy Caesar flavor…
…and made it into a Chicken Caesar Burger.
I told you I was going to make another attempt at that ground chicken, didn’t I?
The burgers themselves are filled with all of the components you’d expect to find in a chicken Caesar salad: chicken, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs (the “croutons”), and the perfect amount of Caesar dressing.
Of course, you’ve got to add in your romaine lettuce and a little more parmesan.
And you definitely can’t forget to add a little more Caesar dressing to your seasoned and toasted buns.
I lightly sprayed our buns with some spray butter and sprinkled them with a little parmesan cheese and garlic.
Talk about delicious.
Chicken Caesar Burgers
Makes 4 servings
- 1lb. ground chicken
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons light Caesar dressing
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- Extra Caesar dressing
- Romaine lettuce
- Sliced red onion
- Hamburger buns
Combine first eight ingredients (through lemon juice) and mix well. Form into four patties, creating a slight dent in the center of the patty; refrigerate about 30 minutes. Grill over medium-high heat, 6-8 minutes on each side. Top cooked chicken burgers with freshly shredded parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, and sliced red onion.
If desired, coat insides of hamburger buns with a little spray butter and a sprinkle of garlic powder or parmesan cheese and place on the grill 1-2 minutes, until lightly toasted. Spread extra Caesar dressing on toasted buns and top with cooked chicken burgers. Enjoy!
Here’s the approximate nutrition stats on the burgers, NOT including the bun or additional toppings…
First, get all of your chicken burger ingredients together.
Just don’t forget to add the breadcrumbs like I almost did.
Mix well until thoroughly combined.
Form into four patties (*placing on wax paper will help prevent extra sticking) and refrigerate 30 minutes. Don’t forget to create that well in the center…it will help prevent your burger from cooking up into a big puff ball.
Top cooked burgers with parmesan cheese and allow to slightly melt while toasting your hamburger buns, if desired. Spread buns with extra Caesar dressing, and top with romaine lettuce and sliced red onion.
Then feel free to dive head first into your fantastic new creation.
It’s gonna be the “new” way to eat Chicken Casear. Just you wait and see.