Sunday, January 6, 2008

Italian Hamburgers

As promised, here is the second of several delicious Hamburgers for you to enjoy. Tonights is the Italian Burger. Very moist and tasty!

Italian Burger

2 lbs 80/20 Lean Ground Beef
1 lb Italian Sausage (bulk)
2 Tb Worcestershire Sauce
1 Ts Crushed Garlic
2 Tb Tomato Paste
2 Tb Italian Seasoning
3 Tb Shallots (finely chopped)
S & P to taste

Ciabatta Rolls
¼ in thick Mozzarella slices
Thick sliced Red onions (broken into rings)
Marinara Sauce

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients except the toppings until mixed well and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow everything to meld together. After the mix has chilled take out and make into 6 - 1 inch thick patties. Make the patties a little thinner in the middle, about 8 oz each.

Heat a large skillet or flat griddle to medium high heat. Place patties in pan/griddle not crowding the meat. Cook patties for 2 minutes and turn patties over. This will seal the juices in the burgers and make sure not to press the patties. This will only dry out the burgers. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes and turn one more time, again not pressing the patties. Top with 1 slice of Mozzarella Cheese. The key is not over cooking your burger. You want it to be cooked about med to med well to be nice and juicy.

To Assemble: On the bottom of the Ciabatta Roll place 2 Tb of Marinara sauce and place 1 burger patty on top. Top with 2 or 3 of the Red onion rings on top. Put 2 more Tb of Marinara on the top bun and enjoy!
Slice in half and serve with Seasoned Fries.