Italian Burgers with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

My family LOVES these grilled Italian burgers.  They are quick and easy to prepare and require minimal ingredients.  The patty is created with a combination of ground beef and a little Italian sausage and is complimented with bright marinara, melted cheese, and a  smear of tangy lemon-garlic spread.   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!
The 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. It’s best to use your hands to combine it (use food-safe gloves if you’d like to keep them clean!)  Otherwise you end up over-mixing and you’ll end up with a tough burger.
 
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 burgers are cooking, you can mix up your aioli. Assemble them all together and get ready for one of the best burgers you’ve ever had.
These Italian Burgers are so incredibly flavorful and juicy.  You’ll definitely want to serve them with a pile of napkins!
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Italian Burgers

  • Author: Sara Wells

Description

This burger is similar to a large barbecued meatball sandwich — a nice change of pace from the every day burger.


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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
812 slices mozzarella cheese
46 hamburger buns or Italian rolls
1 cup Marinara sauce
Butter for toasting buns

Aioli
3/4 cup mayo
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic (1 small clove)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil


Instructions

Mix all aioli ingredients together and store in fridge until ready to use.  This step can be done ahead of time.

Preheat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Place ground beef in a mixing bowl. Remove casings from sausage, if necessary, and add to ground beef. Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and use your hands to gently combine.

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 aioli on buns and add burger.  Top with 1-2 tablespoons of marinara.  Toss on a couple basil leaves if desired and top with other half of bun.

 


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13 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. 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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