Italian Style Burger Patties

Last summer, I posted my bruschetta burger recipe, and when I made it, I used a Bubba Angus burger patty. I usually make my own burgers, and now is finally the time to share that burger recipe with you!2015-04-11 16.41.50

These burgers are flavored with spices and are perfect for any Italian style burger you wish to make.

Ingredients:2015-04-10 17.22.09

1 lb ground beef

1 egg

¼ cup shredded mozzarella

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg. (This helps the meat stick together during the cooking process.)2015-04-10 17.23.07
  2. Add ground beef, cheese, minced garlic, and spices to bowl.2015-04-10 17.30.57
  3. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together and begin to form burger patties. With 1 lb of ground beef, I can make 6 patties.2015-04-10 17.43.48
  4. Over high heat, add your vegetable oil. Once oil is heated, reduce heat to medium and add 3 burger patties. Cook until meat is browned throughout, flipping halfway through cooking. Cook the other 3 patties in the same pan with juices from previous burgers.2015-04-10 17.55.11
  5. Serve with your favorite burger toppings and enjoy!

If you try this burger out, let me know what you think!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

Bruschetta Burgers

Making burgers at home is definitely something that gains interest during the summer months because people can actually grill outside in the nice [sometimes sweltering] weather.  But making plain burgers or cheeseburgers gets old, so with my love of Italian food, I put a twist on my burgers.  These burgers allow you to spare all the condiments that you’d normally load onto a burger, making these a more healthy option to a not so healthy all-American favorite.
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Typically, I make my own burgers from scratch using a leaner ground beef and mixing in herbs and spices, but for the sake of my stomach (I was so incredibly hungry when I made these), I used Bubba Angus burger patties.

Time it takes to make: 20 minutes (if using pre-made patties)

Serves: 2

Here’s What You’ll Need:

½ tomato

2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette

2 garlic cloves, chopped

Dried basil (I didn’t measure, sorry!)

2 slices provolone cheese

2 Bubba Angus burger patties

2 Cracked wheat Kaiser buns

Before I cooked my burgers, I made the topping, because that takes the longest, which isn’t actually very long at all.

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Directions (very wordy ones for something quite simple, sorry ‘bout it):

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  1. Dice up ½ of a tomato into small pieces and place into a bowl.  Chop garlic cloves into pieces as small as you can get them…remember, you will be eating these raw (which are delicious, but you just might not want a huge chunk of one in your mouth) and add to bowl.  Pour your balsamic vinaigrette on top and add basil.  Mix.
  2. Cook Bubba Angus burgers as instructed on package.  Once they are finished cooking, remove from heat and lay provolone cheese on top of them while they are still in the skillet, so it can start to melt.
  3. Place your Kaiser rolls in a toaster oven to get them just toasted enough that they keep their shape, but aren’t crunchy.  I do this so the bun doesn’t fall apart while I’m eating it and also so the balsamic vinaigrette and juices from the burger don’t make my bread all soggy.  Yuck.  No one likes soggy bread.
  4. Build your burger!  Just simply top your actual burger patty with the bruschetta mixture from the bowl and top with the bun.
  5. Enjoy!

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If you wish to make your own patties, here’s what you’ll need and how.

1 pound of Ground beef (or turkey) of your choice

1 tsp Rosemary

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Garlic powder

Break apart ground beef and mix with rosemary, oregano, and garlic powder.  You can add more or less of the herbs and spices as you wish…my measurements are just a guess, as I always eyeball my recipes…I’ll get better with measuring for you guys in the future.  I promise!

Once mixed, separate ground beef into 4 patties and grill accordingly.  If you don’t have a grill, you can use a skillet on the stove as well.

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So there ya go!  A simple and healthier alternative to a regular burger!  I ate mine with blue corn chips and a creamy spinach dip.  Try it out, and let me know what you think!

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Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

My Weekend in Pictures, 7/4-7/6

So, this is a somewhat sad compilation of photos from my weekend, however, I thought I’d update everyone on my life because I can. 🙂

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The sky was being patriotic.

I made bruschetta burgers for the Fourth of July and paired it with some blue corn chips and creamy spinach dip for a red, white, and blue themed dinner.  My burger recipe will be up sometime in the near future is up now, so go check it out!

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I drank some of the only type of beer I like: Lambic.  Nom.

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I then went on a lot of adventures with Gabi and Michael.

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On Saturday, we went to the NC Farmer’s Market and I had some fried shrimp from the N.C. Seafood Restaurant for lunch.  I miss having seafood whenever I want it.

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2014-07-06 18.35.02 After the farmers market, we went to the flea market, where I bought Gabi a treat from the Bone Appetit Bakery.  She loved it!  I also got myself some Chocolate Pecan fudge, but you better believe I devoured that!  Actually, I just lied.  I didn’t…I still have a quarter of the bar left, I just never took a photo of it.

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We also went Geocaching!

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Sunday, I spent the majority of my day in the kitchen.  I cut up my watermelon, tried my hand at making French macarons (which turned out very well!!), and made, um, I guess I’ll call it ‘watermelon water.’

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I hope everyone had an awesome Independence Day weekend, and I hope you have an equally awesome work week this week.

Stay tuned for my bruschetta burger recipe and my successful macaron attempt and recipe later this week!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda