This paleo chicken parmesan burger is a fun twist on a burger! It’s dairy free, gluten free, and will easily curb any craving for chicken parmesan!

chicken parmesan burgers

Chicken parmesan was serious business in my house growing up. My dad always tells me stories about chicken parm and spaghetti being the only things he would eat when he was a bachelor… and honestly, it was still a huge part of both his normal rotation and my brothers! It’s one of those things I never thought I would eat again, but anything is possible!

If you love chicken parmesan, these burgers are a seriously fun way to get all of the flavors you love! Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to what you find in restaurants and is dairy & gluten free.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Burgers

  • Combine ground chicken with Italian seasonings and mix well. Form 3-4 burgers.
  • Cook the burgers in an oven-safe pan on the stove until fully cooked.
  • Remove from the heat and add the marinara sauce and “cheese” of your choice.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce is warm.


How to Make Chicken Parmesan Burgers Gluten Free & Dairy Free

Keep it dairy free with nutritional yeast & cauliflower cheese

Of course, if you can tolerate cheese, be my guest and use mozzarella and parmesan! If not, use a vegan cheese of your choice, or the cauliflower cheese that I’ve included with this recipe.

If you don’t want to make the cauliflower cheese, there is also nutritional yeast in the burger patty to give it that cheesy flavor!

Keep it gluten-free by leaving out bread crumbs and eating it without a bun.

This recipe is made without bread crumbs, and you can easily eat it without a bun. Simply pair it with a salad or a pasta of your choice and eat it with a fork and knife.

chicken parmesan burgers

The Ingredients for the Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Ground chicken

If you can’t find ground chicken if your grocery store, you can easily use a food processor to make your own!

Garlic, onion powder, parsley, basil, salt & pepper

These are the main Italian seasonings for this recipe.

Nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is a great “cheese” substitute that has a cheesy flavor but without dairy.

Marinara sauce

You can use any marinara sauce of your choice. I use my homemade nomato sauce to keep it AIP.

Cauliflower cheese (or dairy-free cheese of your choice)

I used this same cauliflower cheese for my zucchini pizza and have a similar version in my cookbook (coming September 3rd!). Of course, if you can tolerate cheese, you can use mozzarella and parmesan. But if you want to make a homemade dairy-free option, here’s how you make the cauliflower cheese…

How to make the Cauliflower Cheese

  • Steam the cauliflower and strain it to remove some, but not all of the excess water.
  • Add the warm cauliflower to a food processor with tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, ACV, and gelatin. Blend until smooth.
  • Spead the mixture into a flat layer and allow to set in the fridge for 1 hr or in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once set use a round mold (or a knife) to cut out the cheese slices to put on the burgers.

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Chicken Parmesan Burger

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This paleo chicken parmesan burger is a fun twist on a burger! It’s dairy free, gluten free, and will easily curb any craving for chicken parmesan!



For the burgers

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce (sub nomato sauce for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

For the cauliflower cheese (sub other “cheese” of choice)

  • 1 1/4 cup cauliflower, steamed
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine the ground chicken with the garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, coconut flour and 1 tbsp of avocado oil. Mix well to combine.
  3. Form the chicken into 3-4 burgers and set aside.
  4. Using an oven-safe pan, heat 2 tbsp of avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the burgers to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reads 165 F.
  6. Remove from heat and add the sauce to the pan, spooning sauce over the burgers. Add the “cheese” over the burgers.
  7. Transfer the burgers to the oven and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce is warm.
  8. Add fresh basil and serve fresh.

For the cauliflower cheese

  1. While the cauliflower is still warm, strain some, but not all of the excess water.
  2. Use a food processor to blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Spread the mixture into a thin, even layer on the parchment paper. Allow setting in the fridge for 1 hr or in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once set, use a biscuit cutter or another mold to cut cheese slices before using in step 6 above.


All nutrition facts are estimations and will vary. Nutrition facts only apply to burger and sauce.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Burger
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 398
  • Fat: 20.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.6g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 37.4g

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