Thursday, May 9, 2013

Italian Meatball Burgers

Italian Meatball Burgers


1 ½ lb. Ground Chuck (see note)
1 small Yellow Onion, grated
1/3 cup Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
1 large Fresh Egg
¼ cup Ketchup
4 cloves Fresh Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Black Pepper
¾ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/3 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
4-6 Ciabatta Rolls, sliced
½ cup Marinara Sauce, warm
4-6 slices Mozzarella Cheese


In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix all the ingredients through the bread crumbs being sure not to over mix. Now form the mixture into 6 quarter pound round patties creating a dimple in the center. This helps Keep the patty flat during grilling. Grill over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until you reach the desired doneness for your taste. Grill the buns and spread bottoms with a tablespoon of marinara sauce. Top the burgers with the cheese slices during the final minute of grilling. Then place on top of sauced bottom bun, top with other half of bun and serve.

Note: I use 80/20 or 85/15 (meat to fat ratio) because they offer more flavor. You can use leaner meat or even ground turkey or chicken. You could also use Italian sausage or a mixture of ground chuck and the sausage. In the directions I show 6 portions. You can make 4 – 6 oz. Burgers too.

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