If you haven't noticed already, Italian is my favorite cuisine. I love all the flavors and aromas that come with cooking a good Italian meal. I had the idea to create an Italian burger a few weeks ago, and since I was able to stock up on ground beef from Harris Teeter last week, I was finally able to make these, and since my husband was home for dinner I was able to have him throw these on the grill!
The concept of these is really just like a meatball parm, but just in a burger patty and served burger style, not sandwich style. I was really pleased with how these came out and will definitely be making them again!
-1 pound ground beef
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
-1 block parmesan cheese (will only use 9 slices from it)
-2 large buns (toasted on the grill)
-1 cup Tomato & Basil pasta sauce (I used Classico)
1. In a mixing bowl, place the ground beef. Add the chopped basil, minced garlic, garlic powder and garlic salt. Combine all ingredients and form into 3 burger patties.
2. Over medium heat on the grill, cook for 5-6 minutes per side...or until desired cook temperature is reached. While burgers are cooking, heat tomato sauce.
3. When burgers are cooked, place 3 thin slices of Parmesan cheese on each burger and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to melt. Serve on a toasted bun with tomato & basil sauce.