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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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 26g 40%
  • Carbs 2g 1%
  • Saturated 11g 53%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 11g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 24g 47%
  • Cholesterol 96mg 32%
  • Sodium 579mg 24%
  • Calcium 123mg 12%
  • Magnesium 29mg 7%
  • Potassium 409mg 12%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 4mg 25%
  • Phosphorus 253mg 36%
  • Vitamin A 35µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 34%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 28%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 16µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 22%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 10µg 13%
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