Mini Burgers with Chicken Bacon Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Yesterday I showed you how to  make delicious Potato Buttermilk Buns and today I’m going to finish them with juicy Chicken Bacon Meatballs smothered in marinara sauce.

Chicken Bacon Meatballs (about 20 1-inch meatballs)

1/2 pound  ground  lean chicken (I ground my meat, I used ground chicken breast)
2 large pieces of bacon thinly sliced/chopped.
4tbl plain breadcrumbs
2tbl milk 
3tbl chopped parsley
1 tbl pepper paste(my pepper paste recipe) or  if you don’t have pepper paste use ketchup
1/4cup mozzarella
1/4cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2tsp kosher salt
1/8tsp freshly ground pepper
3tbl olive oil 
2-3 cups pasta/marinara sauce, you can use store bought or make your own, here is a recipe to my marinara sauce
1/4cup chicken broth
  • In a medium bowl stir together : bread crumbs, milk, parsley, cheeses, pepper paste, salt and pepper. Add ground chicken and chopped bacon, stir to combine, add egg and until mixture comes together.
  • Using a tablespoon measure, measure chicken into equally large piece then with damp hand form small balls.
  • Heat oil in the skillet and over medium high heat add meatballs to the skillet and let them brown on each side, 2 minutes a side.
  • Add chicken broth to the skillet and stir gently, then add room temperature marinara sauce and simmer, for 20 minutes or so until sauce has thickened.
  • You can make these ahead, and store them in the fridge  until ready to be used.
  • Serve these with Potato Buttermilk Mini Sandwich Buns- recipe.

Fixings for the burgers: cabbage, cheese slices(any kind you like I use Gouda), dill pickles

  • Reheat meatballs in sauce if needed.
  • Preheat a broiler, cut each burger in half, spoon some of the sauce on the bottom portion of burger bun put one meatball on top, put a thick slice of cheese on the meatball.
  • Place all the burgers’ halves with meatballs and also the top portions, cut side facing up onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and broil until cheese is melted.About 5 minutes, watch carefully so you don’t burn the buns.
  • Remove baking sheet from the oven, add cabbage pieces on top of the melted cheese, add top portion of the bun and finish with a dill pickle supported with a toothpick.
  • Enjoy.

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