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Lasagna Burger

The idea of a Lasagna Burger came to me because at the cookouts I had gone to, the guests wanted to have lasagna and hamburgers. I thought to put these favorites together so you could have the taste of both. The additon of the Sutter Homes Burgundy Wine to the beef burger gave it an improved richness. I wouldn't make these patties again without it! The Lasagna Burger has now become a must at our cookouts and a request to bring with me to cook at their cookouts!

Ingredients 

2lbs. 95% lean ground beef
1/4 cup Sutter Homes Burgundy Wine
1/2 cup olive oil,reserve
1/4 cup for Italian bread and greasing the grill rack
1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, reserve
1/4 teaspoon for tomato sauce and 1/4 teaspoon for ricotta filling 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tablesoon fresh basil,chopped,but reserve some whole for garnish 1 teaspoon fresh oregano,chopped,reserve some whole for garnish 6 oz. ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon fresh Italian flat leaf parsley,chopped, reserve some whole for garnish
1 medium egg, beaten
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
2 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed
2 loaves Italian bread, sliced 1 inch thick

Instructions 

In a large bowl mix 2lbs ground beef, 1/4 cup Sutter Homes Burgandy Wine, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place in refrigerator while preparing tomato sauce. For tomato sauce mix in a small sauce pan 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place on the side of the bottom rack on the gas grill on low flame to simmer low for 30 minutes. To prepare the ricotta filling, in a bowl mix 6 oz. ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, 1 medium egg, beaten and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place in refrigerator. Take out the beef mixture and divide it into six balls on wax paper. Flatten each ball into a round like pancake. Remove the ricotta mixture and place 1oz. in the middle of each burger. Gather the sides of the burger and cover the ricotta filling. Reshape each burger to inch,oval patties. Place on grill on medium heat turn over once till internal temperature is 160F. Add 1 tablespoon tomato sauce on each patty and place mozzarella cheese on top, close cover of grill till cheese melts. Meanwhile mix the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil with the 2 garlic cloves, crushed and spread on each slice(12)of sliced (1 inch)Italian bread and place on grill until golden brown with grill marks. To plate place 1 slice bread, grill marks up, then burger patty on top and the second slice of bread, grill marks up on top of patty. Slice diagonlly. Add reserved whole herb garnishes decoratively next to the lasagna burger.

Comments 

The Lasagna Burger has all the flavors of a real pan of lasagna without the pasta,long assembly and cooking time. It is real quick to prepare and throw on the grill for a taste of lasagna without the wait!