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MamaMia! Thats a Burger!

This burger is my middle son's favorite food. It combines his love of burgers and all things Italian. This was created with him in mind, and wanting something different than the norm. Mixing the burger well gives it the heavier texture I wanted, like eating a meatball sandwich, but as a burger. This has been tried on family and friends, and fellow tailgaters for the Houston Texans. Of all the burgers I have offered, this one has been asked for again and again. All 5 of my kids think this is tops. This recipe is fantastic for weekday meals, it is easy and fast. Get a great home-grilled burger during the week! I have been making this burger for 10 months, at least once a week and the family has yet to tire of it. Its a keeper!


2.5lbs. 80/20 ground beef
20 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
3T. dried leaf oregano
3t. salt
1/4c. fresh minced garlic (jarred)
1/4c. Italian Dressing w/ Romano
1/2c. Sutter Home White Merlot
1c. Italian flavored breadcrumbs
3/4c. Italian Crumbles cheese
Colavita Olive oil, for spraying the grill rack
6 slices Provolone cheese
6 soft ciabatta buns, split
Colavita Olive oil, to spray buns for toasting
3t. dried basil, divided into 1/2tsps for each burger
6 slices Mozzarella cheese
6 heaping T. Marinara Sauce (store brand with no Burgandy in it)


Turn 2 burners of a 4 burner gas grill on Medium High. To make the patties, combine the ground beef, basil, oregano, salt, garlic, dressing wine, breadcrumbs and Crumbles. Mix until WELL blended in a bowl, ok to mash the burger. Divide into 6 equal portions, patty out to fit ciabatta buns. Place patties on the INDIRECT heat of grill, only turn once. When you flip the patties, spray the soft insides of the split ciabatta buns and place on direct heat of grill, oil side down, toast to light brown. When the patties reach 160 degrees, remove from grill to a platter, top with Provolone slices (1 each per patty). Remove buns from grill when toasted to a separate platter, toasted side up and sprinkle 1/2t dried basil on each bottom. To assemble: Place bun, toasted sides up, on table. Place a slice of Mozzarella on each herbed bottom bun, top with a patty. On the top bun, spread a heaping Tablespoon of the Marinara on toasted side, place top on bottom bun. Repeat for all buns. Makes 6 burgers that disappear fast!


This meal is easy and affordable. This would be popular with many families on tight time and money budgets.