I promised you a wicked burger and I will deliver! It’s kind of like a giant bbq’d meatball sandwich and it’s a nice change of pace from the every day bbq’d burger.   This is a family favorite of ours as both kiddos and adults love them!
 
Ready to cook? Your first step is to preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan.
Place ground beef in a mixing bowl.  Remove castings from sausage if necessary and add to ground beef.   Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and use your hands to gently combine.
 
When you’re working with ground meats, you want to be very gentle. Always use your hands to combine it (even if it grosses you out!). Otherwise you end up pulverizing it and the texture of the burger will be affected.  Just try to toss it; like a salad, incorporating the seasonings and sausage as well as you can.

5. Divide beef mixture into equal portions, making either 6 small to medium sized burgers or 4 larger ones.
 
Place patties on grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until cooked through, or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees.
In the last minute of cooking, add a couple slices of cheese to each burger.
 
While cheese is melting, lightly butter buns and place face down on grill to toast, or place under the broiler until golden brown.
 
Spread about a tablespoon of  of marinara sauce on the bottom half of each bun. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll and top with an additional tablespoon of sauce. Add more if desired and top with other half of bun.
 

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Italian Burgers

This burger is kind of like a giant barbecued meatball sandwich -- a nice change of pace from the every day burger. This is a family favorite of ours as both kiddos and adults love them!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 8 ounces Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8-12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4-6 hamburger buns or Italian rolls
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce
  • Butter for toasting buns

Instructions

  1. Preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Place ground beef in a mixing bowl. Remove castings from sausage if necessary and add to ground beef. Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and use your hands to gently combine.
  2. Divide beef mixture into equal portions, making either 6 small to medium sized burgers or 4 larger ones. Place patties on grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until cooked through, or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees. In the last minute of cooking, add a couple slices of cheese to each burger.
  3. While cheese is melting, lightly butter buns and place face down on grill to toast, or place under the broiler until golden brown.
  4. Spread about a tablespoon of of marinara sauce on the bottom half of each bun. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll and top with an additional tablespoon of sauce. Add more if desired and top with other half of bun.

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14 comments

  1. YUM! Sam would love me forever if I made those for him with marinara. Hopefully he’ll love me forever, anyway, but this probably wouldn’t hurt…

  2. Sara can you just LIVE at my house? You can make even the raw meat look appetizing.
    The marinara burgers with that mmmmmmmmm. . .melted cheese look fabulous!

  3. You’re shooting all my meal-planning to heck. We had these tonight instead of what I had planned. And they were awesome.

  4. Heidi- I buy the links just because I think it tastes better! Are you talking about as opposed to ground turkey sausage in the tube? I prefer the flavor and freshness of these links, and also the fact that you can use just one or two (and freeze the rest) instead of having a whole package open. I also have trouble finding other types of turkey sausage in the stores around me (not too much variety in my state!) But if you have another kind you like you could certainly use it; I’m sure it would be fine in the recipe as long as it had a good flavor.

  5. MMMM, Red Robin has a burger like this, and they also throw red peppers on it, with FRIED mozzeralla, it’s amazing. I can’t wait to make this! I think I’ll do it for Easter Eve. YUMMY!

  6. Do you use the entire package of turkey sausage as pictured? I couldn’t find an amount listed in the post. Sure looks yummy.

  7. melanie-
    something super weird happened because I just realized that the recipe is missing! lol. I SWEAR it was there before, no idea how it got deleted. Anyway, I updated it so it’s all there again, so weird…

    You need 8oz of the turkey sausage, which is 2 of those links, or just get 8oz of another brand you can find. Hope that helps!

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