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Italian Sausage Burger With Garlicky Spinach

Burgers get an Italian makeover: Spicy sausage patties and provolone cheese are served on a ciabatta roll
Italian Sausage Spinach Burger


These burgers are packed full of classic Italian flavors like tomatoes, spices, and salty cheese.

This recipe is courtesy of Oprah.

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  • 10 Ounces baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • Salt
  • 1 Pound sweet or hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/4 Cup sundried tomato pesto
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, split and toasted


In a large skillet, bring ¼ inch of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute. Drain and press out as much water as possible. Wipe out the skillet.

In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach, season with salt, and stir until just coated, about 10 seconds.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Using slightly wet hands, form the sausage meat into four 4-inch patties, ¾-inch thick. Brush the burgers with oil and grill over moderate heat until browned and crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the burgers. Top with cheese and grill until burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Spread the pesto on the rolls, and top with the burgers and spinach.