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Italian Bruschetta Burgers

My mother used to make an Italian meat roll (similar to a meat loaf), stuffed with ham, sauce and cheese, and I thought it would make an interesting twist for a burger.

Ingredients 

Bruschetta Spread:
1/4 cup red onion
2 cloves fresh garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 small-medium sized tomatoes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon pepper

Patties:
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/3 cup minced red onion
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
3 tablespoons White Merlot
3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons pepper
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
1/4 pound pancetta, sliced into 12 slices

Vegetable oil for brushing on grill
6 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into six slices
6 ciabatta rolls, sliced

Instructions 

Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat.

To make the Bruschetta spread: Place the onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse until diced. Add basil, tomato, lemon juice and pepper and pulse until all ingredients are diced and combined. Put aside and cover until patties are cooked.

In a large mixing bowl combine the ground chuck, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, basil, White Merlot and seasonings until combined, handling as little as possible. Form into six bun size patties, cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Place a large non-stick skillet on the grill. Add pancetta and cook until slightly crispy. Remove from grill and place pancetta in aluminum foil to keep warm. Brush the grill with vegetable oil and place patties on it, cover, turning once. Grill each 5 to 7 minutes per side. During the last 3 minutes, place fresh mozzarella slices on patties. Place ciabatta rolls, cut side down, on grill during last two minutes to lightly toast.

To assemble burgers, spread Bruschetta topping on the tops and bottoms of ciabatta rolls, just covering each. Place one patty on each bun topped with two slices of pancetta. Add tops and serve.

Comments 

A lot of the prep work for these burgers can be done ahead of time. The Bruschetta topping and patties will hold up well for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. If pancetta cannot be found, prosciutto or bacon could be substituted.