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

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

This recipe is courtesy of Oprah.

4
Servings
587
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
36%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
77mg
26%
Carbohydrate, by difference
60g
46%
Protein
30g
65%
Vitamin A, RAE
11µg
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
69mg
7%
Choline, total
16mg
4%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
111mg
16%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
1165mg
78%
Water
7g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Italian Sausage Shopping Tip

Try to use fresh sausage whenever you can; they are full of flavor and don't have the high level of preservatives and nitrates that packaged sausage has.

Italian Sausage Cooking Tip

Fresh sausage should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Italian Sausage 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.