Italian Burgers

Yesterday morning I had asked Tucker to give me some ideas for supper.

His answer, “Spaghetti.”  Always and forever, spaghetti.  We had just had his beloved pasta the week before and I just wasn’t in the mood for it.  Frankly, it’s one of my least favorite things to eat.

I had a package of hamburger thawed and knew I had to make something with it.  I thumbed through my 30-minute cookbook and fumbled across an Italian hamburger recipe that I had glazed over so many times before.  I had everything to make it and decided that would be as close to Tucker’s spaghetti as we’d get.

The recipe needed some boosting so I made some alterations and came up with an awesome new take on the burger!

Italian Burgers

2 lbs ground beef or turkey

4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning, divided

2 good pinches kosher salt

1 bell pepper sliced in strips

1/2 red onion sliced

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

grated Mozzarella cheese or sliced fresh Mozzarella

In a large bowl combine the ground meat, Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning and 2 pinches of kosher salt.  Mix well and form into 6 large patties.  Set aside.

In a saute pan heat oil and butter over medium heat.  When the butter and oil start to bubble add the peppers and onions and a pinch of salt.  Stir occasionally until the onions are carmelized and peppers are softened.

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the burgers on both sides until the juices run clear.  While the burgers cook combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.  Warm in a small sauce pan over medium heat.

After the burgers are cooked through remove from the pan to a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the excess grease and then drain all the remaining grease from the pan.  Return the burgers to the pan and cover with a generous helping of the onions and peppers.  Top with grated Mozzarella cheese and cover with a lid allowing the cheese to melt.

To serve put the burger on your choice of bread, if desired, and cover with a spoonful of the tomato sauce and ENJOY!!!

I made roasted Italian seasoned potatoes to go along with the burgers.  It was all a huge hit.  Grady’s not a big fan of Italian food and actually went back for seconds on this one!

It was a great twist on two old classics and will definitely be a do over in our house.

Peace, love and MANGÉ!!!!

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