Italian Burgers

Juicy Italian Burger served with a mixed greens salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Serve my Italian Burgers with a side of Italian Potato Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Italian Burgers. Sometimes you come upon a new favorite dish by having leftover ingredients from another one. This time, I had some leftover hamburger from a meatball recipe. The hamburger mixture contained some sweet onion, Italian seasoning, and shredded parmesan cheese. I had some leftover roasted tomato sauce from a previous meal. My Italian Burgers were born.

Juicy Italian Burger served with a mixed greens salad  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Juicy Italian Burger served with a mixed greens salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My husband and I love to grill burgers outside in the summer. Our favorites include turkey burgers and buffalo burgers. This Italian burger can be made with virtually any ground meat. If you can’t grill outside, use a grill pan inside on your stove.

Start by making some of my Roasted Tomato Sauce. Keep it warm until the burgers are ready. If you don’t have time to make the sauce, you can use tomato ketchup instead.

Roasted Tomato Sauce to top the Italian Burger (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato Sauce to top the Italian Burger (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For the burgers themselves, finely dice some sweet onion. Saute the onion in some olive oil until caramelized. Set aside in a large non-metallic bowl to cool.

Finely dice the onion  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Finely dice the onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

When the onions have cooled to room temperature, add some shredded parmesan and some Italian seasoning. I like the Simply Organic brand of Italian seasoning.

Simply Organic Italian Seasoning is a favorite to spice up my recipes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Simply Organic Italian Seasoning is a favorite to spice up my recipes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Using your clean hands, lightly mix together the caramelized onion with the Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and the ground meat. Form into patties. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Italian Burgers are formed and ready for the grill (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Italian Burgers are formed and ready for the grill (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Grill the burgers until done to your liking.

Grill the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Grill the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Toast some sandwich buns to a nice golden brown. I like to use whole wheat buns for this recipe.

Whole Wheat Buns are a healthier alternative to regular white flour buns (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Whole Wheat Buns are a healthier alternative to regular white flour buns (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Mix together some mayonnaise and minced garlic for a nice garlic aioli. Spread a little aioli on the toasted buns.

Garlic Aioli for the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Garlic Aioli for the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

When the burgers are done, place each one on a toasted bun.

Italian Burgers ready for plating (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Italian Burgers ready for plating (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Top each burger with a slice of provolone cheese.

Provolone slices can be regular or smoky for the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Provolone slices can be regular or smoky for the Italian Burgers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some roasted tomato sauce.

Italian Burger is ready for roasted tomato sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Italian Burger is ready for roasted tomato sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Place the bun top on the burger, and serve!

Italian Burger with Provolone and Roasted Tomato Sauce ready to serve! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Italian Burger with Provolone and Roasted Tomato Sauce ready to serve! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

This burger goes great with a mixed greens salad. You could also serve with
baked mozzarella sticks to dip into any leftover roasted tomato sauce.

Gooey cheesy Italian Burger  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Gooey cheesy Italian Burger (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Italian Burgers

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2/3 lb ground meat (use beef, buffalo, turkey, pork, or chicken or a mixture of more than one meat)
1 T Italian seasoning
1/8 c shredded Parmesan
salt and pepper
2 hamburger buns, toasted
1/4 c garlic aioli (mix mayo with 1/4 t minced garlic)
1/2 c Roasted Tomato Sauce
2 slices provolone cheese

Method:

1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet and heat a gas or charcoal grill.
2. Saute the onion until it has softened and slightly caramelized.
3. Remove the onion from the pan and let cool in a non-metallic bowl.
4. When the onion has cooled to room temperature, mix in the ground meat, Italian seasoning, shredded Parmesan, salt and pepper.
5. Form meat mixture into two burger patties.
6. Grill burgers over medium high flame or hot coals for about 4 – 5 minutes on each side.
7. Spread the garlic aioli on the insides of the toasted burger buns.
8. Place a burger on each bottom bun and top burgers with a slice of provolone.
9. Divide the roasted tomato sauce amongst the two burgers and top with the bun tops.
10. Serve!

Makes 2 Italian Burgers. Serve with mixed greens tossed with my Italian Dressing with Sundried Tomatoes or some fries or onion rings.

Variations: Use whatever ground meat that you prefer. Use ketchup instead of roasted tomato sauce. Use a different melty cheese such as Havarti on top of the burgers. Add some fresh spinach or arugula leaves to the burger. To lighten this recipe, omit the cheese and garlic aioli, use ground turkey or chicken, and serve the burger without the bun on a bed of greens.

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