Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

healthy alternative to burgers
Healthy alternative to burgers
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½ tsp Olive oil
2 Egg whites divided, lightly beaten
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs divided
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese divided, grated
¼ tsp Black pepper divided
¼ tsp Parsley dried, flakes
4 slices Eggplants ½ inch thick
Cooking spray
8 oz 95% Lean ground beef
⅛ tsp Garlic powder
½ cup Marinara sauce heated
¼ cup Mozzarella shredded part skim
1 cup Basil

Nutritional information

12 g
20 g
36 g
82 mg
580 mg

Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches


Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are something I make fairly regularly as they are easy, delicious and very filling. These are like a healthy alternative to burgers. Instead of a burger bun, I make baked breaded eggplant which is a crisp alternative to a bread bun.

To make these, I dip eggplant slices in egg white and a panko crumb. While the eggplant is cooking, I make beef patties using ground beef, panko, Parmesan, pepper, garlic powder, and a beaten egg white. I grill the patties and serve these “burgers” on eggplant with marinara sauce, topped with arugula and parmesan. Yum!

To make my Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

So, how do you make Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches?

Steps to make Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches


Heat the oven and prepare a baking sheet


Preheat the oven to 375 °F and coat a baking sheet with butter.


Coat the eggplant in breadcrumbs


Combine 5 tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs,1 tablespoon of Parmesan, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and parsley flakes in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, place one beaten egg white. Dredge each slice of eggplant first in the egg white and then dip it in the panko mixture until evenly coated.


Bake the eggplant


Place the crumbed eggplant slices on the baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking oil and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes Turn once and cook until they are golden and crisp.


Make the beef patties


While the eggplant is cooking, mix the ground beef with 3 tablespoons panko, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, and a beaten egg white in a large bowl. Split the beef mixture into four ½-inch thick patties.


Cook the patties


Place the beef patties on a grill skillet over medium heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. When the patties are done, a meat thermometer inserted should read 160 °F.




To serve, place each eggplant slice on a plate and top with a grilled beef patty and of the marinara sauce. Add arugula on top and sprinkle with mozzarella.

These Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches are like healthy burgers - the eggplant replaces the bread! Try making them soon and don’t forget to come back and leave a review to tell me what you think.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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