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Jersey Burger

I've lived in Northern New Jersey most of my life, and the traditional Italian dish, "Sausage and Peppers" is very popular, especially when the Feast of San Gennaro comes to New York City. Walking down Mulberry Street, last year in the heart of Little Italy, the smells of sausage and peppers filled the air, when the idea to make that into a burger came to my mind.

Ingredients 

2 pounds ground sweet sausage
1 pound fresh smoked mozzarella
1 1/2 green pepper, cut into slices
1 medium vidalia onion, cut into slices
fresh basil leaves
butter or olive oil
salt and pepper

Instructions 

Form sausage into eight patties, set aside. Chop mozzarella into small pieces. Make a divit in 4 of the patties and place enough mozzarella pieces to fill hole. Top with another patty and squeeze sides shut. Heat a medium frying pan and add butter or olive oil. Add peppers and onions and saute util caramalized. Heat grill and cook the burgers until cooked through and cheese is melted on inside. On a burger bun, put a few slices of basil, put the burger on top, and top with peppers and onions.