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Baking With Bayan

Bayan Sharafi

Bayan is a passionate protein chef who won Muscle Insider's Best Protein Chef 2017 contest. Each month, he will bring you the most creative yet healthy recipes.

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Eggplant Parmesan Burger Buns

Get more veggies in your favourite burger and you’ll even boost the flavour


  • 2–4 eggplant slices (½" thick)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1–4 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, diced
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (or any cheese of your choice), grated
  • 4–6 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 7 oz. extra-lean ground beef (or ground sirloin; change amount as desired)
  • ½ avocado, sliced (optional)


  1. Fill a medium-sized pan with about a quarter to a half inch of olive oil. You’ll be using this to fry your eggplant burgers. Heat to a temperature slightly above medium.
  2. Cut your eggplant into half-inch slices, then pat down with a paper towel and absorb as much water as you can.
  3. In two separate bowls, pour bread crumbs and egg whites. Dip each slice of eggplant into egg white first, then into bread crumbs until it’s completely coated.
  4. Once breaded, gently put into oil and fry for about 1 to 2 minutes each side—just enough to make them crispy and golden brown.
  5. When they’re all done, place in a baking dish. Then pour tomato sauce, oregano, and cheese over them and broil at low until cheese is melted. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Eat them as they are or make a burger patty and turn these flavourful purple plants of goodness into burger buns.