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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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