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The Gladiator Burger

This very meaty burger is extremely flavorful and quite beautiful! I kept those of you on a low-carb diet in mind while creating this burger. Enjoy the surprise in the middle.

Ingredients 

Topping:
2 cans of organic diced tomatoes in basil and garlic
2 TBSP of fresh basil-chopped
Patties:
1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef
1 lb of fresh Hot Italian sausage
20 sliced pepperoni-finely chopped
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 tsp of dried basil
3 medium cloves of garlic-pressed
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp of sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
8 oz. of fresh mozzerella cheese-sliced into 6 equal slices
1/4 cup vegetable oil (for grill)
Bread:
1 round of rosemary olive oil bread, sliced into 6-1" slices 1/2 cup butter

Instructions 

To make the topping, Pour the tomatoes and the basil into a food processor. Pulse 5 times. Set aside. To make the patties, Combine the ground beef, sausage, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, olive oil, sea salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix well. Form into 12 equal balls (golfball size). Flatten each ball into 1/4" patties. Place a slice of fresh mozzerella onto 6 of the patties. With the remaining patties, cover the slices of cheese. Pinch all around the pattie and re-shape and flatten slightly. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties around the inside of the rack, cover, and cook for 7 minutes on each side. (Don't flatten burger). While the burgers are cooking, take the 6 slices of bread, butter each side. During the last 3 minutes of burger cooking, place the bread on the outside of the grill. Grill each side of the bread for 1 1/2 munites. To assemble the burgers, place a piece of grilled bread on a plate. Place one burger on each piece of bread. Place 3 TBSP of tomato and basil topping across the length of the bread and burger. Serve.

Comments 

This is no ordinary burger. We eat this meal with a knife and fork! Once you cut into this burger, the hot cheese oozes all over the bread and tomatoes. You must scoop up bread, burger and tomato into every bite of this low-carb, meat lover's delight. Enjoy.