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How to Make Oven Baked Schnitzel and Schnitzel Burgers

by Adina 04/04/2016 26 comments

Oven Baked Schnitzel and Schnitzel Burgers

The second recipe in the Schnitzel series is basically the same recipe as the pork schnitzel from Saturday with a pretty important difference (for me at least). Although using the same ingredients and achieving the same end result, these schnitzel are not fried in lots of oil, they are just brushed with very little oil and baked.

I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, didn’t really believe that I could achieve the same crispness and nice golden color by just baking the schnitzel, but – surprise, surprise – it works!!! I would have not spotted the difference between the two kinds of schnitzel, if someone else would have served me the two without telling me which schnitzel is fried and which one is baked.

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The big advantage of baking a schnitzel instead of frying it, is obviously the fact that you would not have to use and then eat so much fat. But another huge advantage in my eyes is the “cleanliness” of this method. No more splutter and fat everywhere, no frying smell filling every corner of your house. And you can place all of your meat on one baking tray and put it in the oven, instead of having to stay in front of the stove, frying the schnitzel only two at a time. This would allow you to make a larger amount of schnitzel for guests, for instance. And no more need of taking a shower and changing all your clothes after you’re finished cooking (I have to do that all the time, I cannot bear this frying smell in my clothes and in my hair).

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For this recipe I halved the normal-sized pork schnitzel, because I wanted to have smaller pieces which would fit into a bun. I baked the schnitzel for 20 minutes, if they are larger increase the baking time slightly, to about 23-25 minutes. I always check by cutting one of the schnitzel in the middle. You can use this same method to make chicken or turkey schnitzel, for instance, in this case the cooking time will also be shorter.

I served this mini-schnitzel as burgers in a bun with a slice of cheese, chili sauce and vegetables. It was a great combination, which I am sure I will make again, the kids absolutely loved it. You could also serve the schnitzel the traditional way with hunter sauce, potatoes and green salad or with potato salad, mashed potatoes, noodles etc.

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Oven Baked Schnitzel and Schnitzel Burgers

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Ingredients
  • 8 pork schnitzel/ boneless pork chops about 50 – 70 g/ 1.7 – 2.4 oz each
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g/ ⅔ cup dry breadcrumbs (or more if necessary)
  • 30 g/ ⅓ cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 30 ml/ a bit more than ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • To serve as burger:
  • 4 buns of choice, halved horizontally
  • 1 large tomato, thickly sliced
  • 1 large piece of cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • some arugula or other salad leaves
  • 4 small cheese slices
  • some chili sauce or ketchup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius/ 430 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash and dry the schnitzel. Tenderize them slightly between two sheets of plastic foil. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs and the Parmesan in another large shallow bowl.
  4. Mix the olive oil and the sweet paprika in a small bowl.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Lightly brush the baking paper with some of the oil mixture.
  6. Dip the schnitzel in the beaten eggs, then coat them with the breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture. Place them on the baking tray and brush them lightly with the oil mixture as well. Use only as much oil as to lightly coat the schnitzel, don't use it all just because it's there.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes, turn the schnitzel and bake for another 10 minutes. You could already check after a total time of 18 minutes if the schnitzel are done, the cooking time greatly depends on your oven.
  8. If your schnitzel are larger (about 100 – 150 g/ 3.5 – 5.3 oz) increase the cooking time to about 23-25 minutes.
  9. Halve the buns horizontally, smear some chili sauce or ketchup on the lower half and top with schnitzel , vegetables, cheese and salad. Place the second bun half on top.

 

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Kate @ Framed Cooks 04/04/2016 - 12:11

Schnitzel has been on my must-learn-to-make list for literally YEARS! Can’t wait to try yours – love the burger version!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:03

I hope you try it, Kate, it is much easier than it looks… 🙂

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 04/04/2016 - 14:09

Baking the schnitzel is a great idea! I also love that you made these into a burger. I love the crunch that you’d get from the schnitzel!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:04

It was a really good combination.

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Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy 04/04/2016 - 15:38

Yessss! These look amazing!! LOVE schnitzel! 🙂

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:05

Thanks, Jennifer

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[email protected]'s Recipes 04/04/2016 - 16:29

Haven’t had a schnitzel in a long while…this looks really inviting!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:05

Thank you, Angie, I am glad you like it!

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Monica 04/04/2016 - 18:08

You and your family eat so well, Adina!!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:06

🙂 🙂

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Chris Scheuer 04/04/2016 - 23:09

This looks wonderful Adina. I so with you about frying, I can’t stand the mess and smell that permeates everything. This looks just as good!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:07

The smell is the worst, isn’t it? Lingers everywhere for days…

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Meghan | Fox and Briar 05/04/2016 - 08:15

I much prefer baking to frying as well, so much less fuss! I have never made schnitzel before, but this looks so good!

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Adina 05/04/2016 - 09:07

Thank you, Meghan. 🙂

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Denise Browning 05/04/2016 - 13:37

My husband is crazy for pork schnitzel and served in a pretzel bun like a burger… Oh, I am sure he would love it even more.

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All That I'm Eating 05/04/2016 - 14:11

I’ll need to try your baking method, this sounds brilliant!

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Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table 05/04/2016 - 15:22

They look perfect and I love that they are baked instead of fried 🙂 Healthier and less fuss – total win! Need to make up some of these burgers soon!

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allie @ Through Her Looking Glass 05/04/2016 - 15:47

What gorgeous schnitzel, Adina! I am so surprised at the oven baked method and how much easier it is but achieves the same delicious schnitzel. I will definitely go the oven baked route now that I know it works. Pinning this!!!

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Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 05/04/2016 - 17:20

Ooooh, baked dishes are one of my favorites. I am sure gonna try this genius method of yours! Love this for spring!!

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sue|theviewfromgreatisland 05/04/2016 - 19:24

A schnitzel series? What fun!! And the burger is ingenious 🙂

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 05/04/2016 - 21:56

Schnitzel is scrumptious and I love that these aren’t fried in tons of oil, yet still crispy! This burger looks insanely delicious! Cheers!

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Marvellina | What To Cook Today 05/04/2016 - 22:07

Schnitzel,Pretzel buns, and me are like super best friends !!!!!!! 🙂

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Balvinder 06/04/2016 - 01:35

What a lovely meal. I really like it that the schnitzel is baked and not fried.

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marcela 06/04/2016 - 19:25

WOW! I totally love your recipe! The schnitzel burgers look fantastic! MOUTHWATERING! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet 07/04/2016 - 05:49

Perfection! These burgers look amazing, Adina, and oh how I love those German Brötchen! 🙂

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Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry 07/04/2016 - 11:09

Oh I most definitely agree with you on frying being so annoying! Not only does it make the meat greasy, as you say it’s just really messy and the smell does get all through your house and even your clothes. Your baked schnitzels look like the perfect alterntive, Adina!

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