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Chicken Burger

Chicken-Zucchini Burgers with Ricotta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

With or without buns, these moist and flavorful chicken burgers rock!

Recipe Source: 

Recipe from The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook: 200 Everyday Recipes That Take the Guesswork Out of Counting Calories—Plus , the Exercise It Takes to Burn Them Off, © Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. 

Number of Servings: 


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • ½ c grated zucchini (use the large holes of a box grater)
  • 1/3 c part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, flat-leaf parsley, or cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp thinly sliced scallions
  • 3 Tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ c panko bread crumbs, plus about ½ cup (25 g) for breading the burgers
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the bread crumbs for breading the burgers and the vegetable oil. Mix until well blended. If the mixture is too sticky or pasty, add 1 tablespoon water. Before you shape the burgers, you may want to make a test patty to check the seasoning: form about 1 tablespoon of the chicken mixture into a patty and cook in a little oil until well done. Taste, and adjust the seasoning in the rest of the mixture if needed.
  2. Divide the chicken mixture into 4 portions. Form each portion into a patty, then coat with the remaining ½ cup (25 g) of bread crumbs. Place the finished patties on a large plate and refrigerate, covered, for at least 30 minutes, and up to 6 hours.
  3. When ready to cook, heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 6 minutes, or until the underside is golden. Flip the burgers and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until they are completely cooked through. Remove from the skillet and serve hot.

The ricotta cheese keeps the lean ground chicken from getting dry during cooking.

For an incredible appetizer, make small, single-bite-size balls and serve them skewered with toothpicks, accompanied by the Fresh Mint, Cilantro, and Green Chile Chutney. Chicken sliders are also fun for social gatherings. Optional garnishes include salad greens, sliced fresh tomatoes, sliced raw onions, and assorted condiments.

Nutrition Information: 

261 Calories: Protein: 24 g; Carbohydrates: 11 g; Fat: 14 g; Fiber: 1 g; Sodium: 478 mg; Carb Choices: 1; Diabetic Exchange: 3 Medium-Fat Meat, 2 Vegetable, Calorie Cuts: Skip the buns and save 110 calories per serving.