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
392
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
31%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
29g
63%
Vitamin A, RAE
21µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
74mg
7%
Choline, total
34mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
36µg
9%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
34mg
11%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
289mg
41%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
583mg
39%
Water
78g
3%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

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.