Ingredient and Equipment Notes
Grill Pan – If you’re making these indoors, I recommend using an indoor grill pan.
Italian Sausage – The burger patties are beef, with a touch of Italian sausage thrown into the mix. Links or loose packed Italian sausage from the meat department works great. Just make sure it’s Italian sausage, not breakfast sausage.
Buns – Make sure to get a good quality bun or Italian roll. Check your store’s bakery for fresh varieties of buns and rolls and grab what looks good to you.
How to Make Italian Turkey Burgers
Toss some veggies on the grill for an easy side. Consider Grilled Corn on the Cob, Grilled Caprese Zucchini, or Garlic Balsamic Asparagus. These Dressed Up Avocados would be great, as would some classic Oven Steak Fries sprinkled with Garlic Bread Seasoning.
Can I make these ahead of time? If you’d like to plan ahead, you can definitely mix up your meat and form patties up to a day ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, separated by pieces of parchment. You an also prep your aioli a day ahead of time. Try to prep toppings and toast buns closer to serving time, as these are best fresh.
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This burger is similar to a large barbecued meatball sandwich — a nice change of pace from the every day burger.
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
3/4 cup mayo
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic (1 small clove)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
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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