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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6
Servings
292
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
79mg
26%
Carbohydrate, by difference
7g
5%
Protein
22g
48%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
58mg
6%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
98mg
14%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
464mg
31%
Water
65g
2%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Italian Meatball Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Meatball Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.