Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)

Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)
Staff Writer
Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)

Courtesy of WGBH

Even the Italians love hamburgers. But in the Italian culture it cannot be only about meat. The Italian meal needs to have balance, so the addition of a little vegetable and a little cheese rounds out this meaty meal. For the record, the Italian-Mediterranean diet is the ideal diet because of its diversity and moderation.

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6
Servings
384
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  Pound  ground beef
  • 1/2  Cup  finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2  Tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 4  Ounces  low-moisture mozzarella, diced finely
  • large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1  Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, and salt. Mix the ingredients together with your hands and form into 6 equal-sized balls.

In a small bowl, toss together the mozzarella and basil. Make an indentation in each ball and press in some of the mozzarella-basil mixture. Seal the mozzarella in and press to form patties about 1-inch thick.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the patties and cook until cooked through and the cheese inside is melted, about 8-10 minutes. To check if the cheese has melted inside, stick a toothpick into the center; if the cheese has melted it will stick to the toothpick. Serve with the homemade ketchup on a bun or with a salad.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
36%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
113mg
38%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
34g
74%
Vitamin A, RAE
24µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
17mg
23%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
62mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
14µg
4%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
41mg
13%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
275mg
39%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
256mg
17%
Water
78g
3%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

Hamburger Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Hamburger Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Hamburger Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.