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Big Bold Basil Beef Burger with Summer Squash Ribbons

Because I used a lot of fresh herbs (basil, lemon thyme chives and oregano) from my garden as well as zucchini and summer squash prepared in a novel way.The fresh ingredients made my burger very appealing and flavorful.


2 small zucchini (1/2 - 3/4 pound)
2 small yellow squash (1/2 - 3/4 pound)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Parmesan cheerse

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage links, casings removed
1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme
1/3 cup fresh chives, chopped
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/4 cup Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
6 seeded sesame buns, split


Shave zucchini and yellow squash into ribbons using a vegetable peeler, stopping at the seeds. Place ribbons in a large bowl. Discard seed cores.

Combine oil ,rind, juice, salt ,pepper and garlic in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Drizzle oil mixture over vegetable ribbons; sprinkle with basil and oregano. Toss gently. When ready to serve with burgers, sprinke with cheese. Set aside.

Prepare medium hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium high.
To make the patties, combine the beef, sausage, basil, thyme, chives, garlic powder, Panko and wine in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and flatten into 6 disks.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook turning once until done to preference 5 to 7 minute on each side for medium.

During the last few minutes of cooking, toast buns, cut side down on outside of toast lightly

To assemble the burger, place 1 burger on bottom roll, top with squash ribbons and shaved Parmesan cheese; top with roll top and serve.


We really enjoyed preparing this burger and decided it was one of the best tasting burgers we have eaten. The squash ribbons were crispy and delicious adding a new diminsion to the usual burger.