Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)

Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)
Staff Writer
Hamburger Imbottiti (Stuffed Hamburgers)
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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
386
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
  • 6 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
22g
31%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
101mg
34%
Carbohydrate, by difference
16g
12%
Protein
32g
70%
Vitamin A, RAE
62µg
9%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
35mg
4%
Choline, total
17mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
65mg
20%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
322mg
46%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
134mg
9%
Water
83g
3%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

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.