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Sweet Italian Burger with Grilled Salami and Antipasto Salad

My family and friends gave me the inspiration to make my Italian burger. I love making new receipes and making this Italian burger was fun and exciting.

Ingredients 

Sweet Pepper Glaze

1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers, drained

Antipasto Salad

3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup pimento stuffed manzanilla olives, sliced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup sliced NatureSweet Cherubs tomatoes
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Patties

2 pounds ground pork
¼ pound shaved smoked honey baked ham, minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 medium garlic cloves, crushed or minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cayenne peopper
½ cup sweet pepper glaze (prepared from recipe below)

6 large Kaiser sesame rolls - split buns in half and carefully hollow out the top of each roll until they appear like little bread bowls to stuff salad.

6 Slices Provolone cheese

12 thin slices Genoa salami (soft)

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack

6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil for toasting Kaiser sesame rolls.

Instructions 

Prepare Sweet Pepper Glaze:

In a blender, combine mustard, maple syrup, and roasted peppers. Blend ingredients for 30 to 60 seconds until creamy. Set aside.

Prepare Antipasto Salad:

In a mixing bowl, toss together chopped romaine lettuce, black olives, green olives, Cherubs tomatoes, and pepper. Add balsamic vinegar and toss again. Keep in refrigerator until ready to top burgers.

Prepare Patties:
In a mixing bowl combine ground pork, minced ham, basil, kosher salt, black pepper, crushed garlic, olive oil and cayenne pepper. After combined, add ½ cup sweet pepper glaze and mix thoroughly.

Divide the mixture into 6 equal amounts to make patties. Form into ovals, approximately ½ inch thick to fit the rolls. Place all patties on a large platter and set aside until time for grilling.

Preheat gas grill on medium-high heat. When grill is ready place 12 thin slices of Genoa Salami on grill rack. Grill for approximately 3 or 4 minutes flipping frequently until each slice is brown and starting to look crispy. Remove from grill and set aside until burgers are complete.

Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil and place each of the patties on grill rack. Grill burgers for approximately 6 to 6 ½ minutes on each side. Burgers should be cooked thoroughly but still juicy.

While burgers are cooking, brush each side of bun with olive oil.

One minute before burgers are done top with one slice of Provolone cheese and place Kaiser rolls on outside of grill rack to toast. Close grill lid for one minute until cheese melts and rolls are toasted.

To assemble:
Place burger on bottom side of roll and top with two slices of grilled salami. Add heaping tablespoon of sweet pepper glaze on top. Fill top of hallowed out Kaiser roll with ½ cup antipasto salad; combine into a burger to serve.

Comments 

I love cooking and coming up with new recipes. This recipe is inspired by a lunch I had with my daughter, at her favorite wine bar in Phoenix. We shared an antipasto platter full of olives, meats, nuts and cheeses. I hadn't had many green olives, and thought I didn't like them, but after I ate them that afternoon, a new love of olives was found! I can't stop eating them! I knew I had to come up with a recipe that reminded me of that antipasto platter and the afternoon I spent with my daughter full of wine, good food, and memorable times! I hope you enjoy my version of an antipasto burger!