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Italian Burger

Do you love spaghetti and meatballs smothered in cheese? Try this burger – it will take you to your grandma’s kitchen table. Its called true comfort food with pizzazz!!! Reminiscent of a true meatball smothered in a Italian sauce that will take your taste buds to Little Italy in New York City


1 c. fresh basil leaves
¾ c. sun dried tomatoes
1 c. mayonnaise
3 green onions
3 garlic cloves
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
2 lbs. ground chuck
4 cloves of minced garlic
4 chopped green onions
½ chopped green pepper
½ cup of chopped basil leaves
½ c. fresh chopped parsley
1 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
¾ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¾ tsp fresh ground pepper
¾ tsp. sea salt
3 red peppers grilled
1 bunch basil leaves cleaned, stems removed
6 slices of provolone cheese thinly sliced
1 thinly sliced onion
6 slices provolone cheese
6 Ciabatta rolls


Combine first seven (7) sauce ingredients into food processor and pulse to a sauce. Place in bowl, cover and chill.

In a large mixing bowl combine the ground meat and the other nine (9) burger ingredients. Mix gently with your hands. Divide the mixture into six portions. Make patties approximately ¾" thick and shape them similar to the Ciabatta rolls shape. Place on a platter and dust with salt and pepper. Cover and chill.

Slice Ciabatta rolls. Ciabatta rolls tend to be thick, removing some of the center allows the burger to fit nicely inside with the Italian sauce.

Preheat gas grill to medium-high,
Slice red peppers lengthwise and roast on grill for 7 minutes or until skin blackens. Remove and place in plastic bag for two minutes. Remove blackened skin.
Grill burgers for 4 minutes on each side for medium cooked burger.
Place cheese on burger during last 30 seconds cooking time
Lightly toast Ciabatta roll on grill

To assemble burgers:
Place toasted roll on the bottom, place the burger, two slices of red pepper, sliced onion, 3 or 4 basil leaves, a generous serving of sauce, finish with top part of toasted roll.

Makes 6 burgers