Italian Meatballs Burgers

Italian Meatballs Burgers
Staff Writer

Crave! Cooking Light

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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Directions

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.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

403 kcal

Daily value:

20%

Servings:

6
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 24 g
  • Protein 22 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 24 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 66 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 11 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 2 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 1 mg
  • Vitamin D 6 IU
  • Ash 3 g
  • Aspartic acid 1 g
  • Betaine 2 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 79 mg
  • Carotene, beta 17 µg
  • Cholesterol 78 mg
  • Choline, total 35 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 5 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 9 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 9 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 1 g
  • Folate, DFE 34 µg
  • Folate, food 35 µg
  • Folate, total 52 µg
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 3 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 1 µg
  • Lysine 1 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 29 mg
  • Niacin 5 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 229 mg
  • Potassium, K 390 mg
  • Retinol 9 µg
  • Selenium, Se 17 µg
  • Sodium, Na 964 mg
  • Sugars, total 4 g
  • Water 76 g
  • Zinc, Zn 4 mg
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