Sunday, August 25, 2013

Basil Chicken Burgers

SELF has some amazing recipes sometimes! I've really hit the jackpot with a few of them. The basil flavor in these burgers is delicious and a great way to use fresh basil from our plant.

 1. First mix 1/4c. low fat or fat free mayonnaise, 1/2T. fresh chopped basil, 1/2T. chopped parsley, and 1t. lemon juice. You will use this on your hamburger later.

 2. Mix 16oz. ground chicken, 1/2T. fresh chopped basil, 1/2T. parsley, 1 small chopped onion, 3T. seasoned bread crumbs, and 3T. fat free ricotta cheese. I really like to make these the same week I make Sausage Spinach Calzones. You can make the calzone recipe with a little less ricotta cheese and it turns out fine and the calzones are a great, yummy way to use up the rest of the ricotta cheese.

 3. Form into 4-5 patties depending on the size you like. Obviously my husband and I like different size burgers so we make some big and some smaller. Grill until done, about 6 minutes on each side. Serve with seasoned mayo on a bun with tomato slice. If you have large basil leaves, it is also really good to put a basil leaf instead of lettuce on the burger!

Basil Chicken Burgers

makes 4 servings
1/4c. fat free mayonnaise
1 T. chopped parsley
1 T. chopped basil (and 4 large whole basil leaves)
1t. lemon juice
16oz. ground chicken
1 small onion, finely chopped
3T. fat-free ricotta cheese
3T. seasoned bread crumbs
4 hamburger buns
1 small tomato, sliced

1. Stir together mayonnaise, 1/2T. parsley, 1/2T. chopped basil, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Mix chicken, remaining parsley and basil (except those 4 leaves), onion, ricotta, and bread crumbs together in a bowl. Form into 4 patties. Grill until patties are cooked through.
3. Serve on bun with 1 basil leaf, mayonnaise mixture, and tomato slice.


  1. Yum! That sounds seriously amazing.

  2. Basil is so good and the seasoned mayo is the perfect topper! We might eat burgers as often as you eat pizza! ;)