Italian Meatballs Burgers

Crave! Cooking Light


  • frozen ciabatta rolls with rosemary and olive oil
  • 8 Ounces  sweet turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon  chopped basil, plus 6 large basil leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons  chopped oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1 Pound  ground sirloin
  •   Cooking spray
  • 1/2 Cup  shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • 6 Tablespoons  lower-sodium marinara sauce

If you’re a sucker for the Italian specialty, you’ll like Cooking Light’s meatballs-in-a-burger recipe. They use light turkey meat flavored with basil, oregano, and fennel seeds to create patties and top them with classic provolone cheese, marinara sauce, and fresh basil. We’ve heard of meatballs subs, but we loved this burger recipe because it stayed true to the beauty of a burger while offering all of the delicious tastes of the Italian dish.

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Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Bake the rolls according to package directions. Split rolls.

Remove the casings from the sausage. Combine the sausage, chopped basil, and next 5 ingredients (through ground sirloin) in a medium bowl. Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal portions with moist hands, shaping each into a ½-inch-thick patty. Press thumb in center of each patty, leaving a nickel-sized indentation.

Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray and grill for 6 minutes. Turn the patties over and grill for 2 minutes more. Sprinkle cheese evenly over patties, and grill 6 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees. Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes.

Place 1 basil leaf on the bottom ½ of each roll and top each with 1 patty, 1 tablespoon marinara sauce, and roll top.


Calories per serving:

341 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 155g 239%
  • Carbs 13g 4%
  • Saturated 63g 316%
  • Fiber 3g 13%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 66g
  • Polyunsaturated 13g
  • Protein 142g 283%
  • Cholesterol 574mg 191%
  • Sodium 3,471mg 145%
  • Calcium 736mg 74%
  • Magnesium 173mg 43%
  • Potassium 2,453mg 70%
  • Iron 12mg 64%
  • Zinc 23mg 152%
  • Phosphorus 1,518mg 217%
  • Vitamin A 208µg 23%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 105%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 62%
  • Niacin (B3) 41mg 204%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 169%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 97µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 134%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin K 62µg 77%
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