This was another delicious ingredients sort of meals.  Fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and ketchup (I know, weird.).  I was a happy girl.  Wonderful meal for the summer of grilling I plan to be having, and definitely something I’d make again!

Stuffed Italian Burgers:

Makes 3 burgers

  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 2 tbsp. yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1-2 dashes of balsamic vinegar
  • Sliced fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 6 slices pancetta (I didn’t use.)

Basil Ketchup:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • Handful fresh basil leaves (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat the grill.

Combine sirloin, onion, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and balsamic vinegar in a large bowl.  Mix to combine thoroughly combine.  Divide the mixture into three equal portions then divide each of these further into halves so you end up with six equal portions.   Form each portion into a thin, round patty.  Place a slice of fresh mozzarella and a few basil leaves on top of three of the patties.  Lay the remaining patties on top of these, sandwiching the mozzarella in the center.  Pinch the edges of the patties together to form one large patty with the cheese in the center.  Wrap 2 slices of pancetta around each patty if desired.

To make the basil ketchup, combine the ketchup, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a blender or food processor and pulse until well combined and finely chopped.  Or be lazy like me and just finely chop the basil and make a paste out of the garlic and combine! Set aside.

Cook the burgers and top with basil ketchup and any other desired toppings!

Source: Annie’s Eats, Based on Michael Proietti’s Mulberry Street Burger