Italian Meatballs Burgers

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Italian Meatballs Burgers
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
381
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
46%
Sugar
1g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
55%
Cholesterol
96mg
32%
Protein
24g
48%
Carbs
4g
1%
Vitamin A
42µg
5%
Vitamin B12
1µg
22%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
28.9%
Vitamin C
2mg
4%
Vitamin E
1mg
5%
Vitamin K
11µg
14%
Calcium
138mg
14%
Fiber
1g
5%
Folate (food)
22µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
22µg
5%
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
33mg
8%
Monounsaturated
13g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
7mg
34%
Phosphorus
256mg
37%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
441mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.8%
Sodium
483mg
20%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
17.6%
Zinc
4mg
26%

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