This cheeseburger and eggpant Parm fusion recipe is a winning combination. Breaded eggplant slices are topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a delicious grilled lean beef burger--it's American classic meets Italian restaurant favorite! To make it a complete meal, serve with spaghetti with a side of steamed vegetables.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

55 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Place 1 beaten egg white in a shallow dish. Combine 5 tablespoons panko, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and the parsley flakes in another shallow dish. Dip each eggplant slice in the egg white, then dip in the panko mixture to coat. Place the eggplant slices on the prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crisp and golden, turning once.

  • Meanwhile, combine ground beef with the remaining 3 tablespoons panko, the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan, the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, the garlic powder, and the remaining beaten egg white in a large bowl. Evenly divide the mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

  • For a charcoal or gas grill, place the patties on the grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until the patties are done (160 degrees F), turning once.

  • To serve, top each eggplant slice with a beef patty and some of the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and top with arugula.


Tip: Read the labels and choose a marinara sauce with 380 mg of sodium or less per 1/2 cup serving (such as Classico Cabernet Marinara).

Nutrition Facts

2 eggplant slices, 2 beef patties, 1/4 cup marinara sauce, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1/2 cup arugula
344 calories; protein 36.4g; carbohydrates 19.9g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 5.8g; fat 12.1g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 82.2mg; vitamin a iu 512.5IU; vitamin c 7.7mg; folate 29.9mcg; calcium 213.2mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 46.1mg; potassium 612.7mg; sodium 580mg.

4 1/2 lean protein, 1 fat, 1 starch, 1/2 vegetable