Italian Meatball Burgers Recipe

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Italian Meatball Burgers

Nancy Bilunas


I love these burgers with sliced black olives. They're also excellent with sauteed onions, peppers & mushrooms.

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15 Min
10 Min


8 oz
italian sausage (your choice of hot, mild or sweet, about 2 links)
1 lb
lean ground beef
1 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
dried basil
1/2 tsp
fennel seeds, crushed
1/8 tsp
garlic powder
1/2 tsp
salt (optional; i don't use it)
6 slice
mozzarella cheese (fresh is best)
3/4 c
marinara sauce (your favorite brand)
toasted hamburger buns or italian bread rolls


1Prepare your outdoor grill or countertop grill.
2Remove the casings from the sausage. Combine sausage, ground beef & species in a bowl. Form into 6 equal patties.
3Place patties on outdoor grill rack coated with cooking spray & grill for 5 minutes. Turn & grill for 2-3 more minutes. Place a slice of mozzarella on each patty & grill 4-5 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the middle of the burgers registers 165 degrees. Remove from the grill; let stand about 5 minutes. Place one patty on the bottom half of each bun; top with marinara sauce & the top of the bun.
4NOTE: If you prepare these burgers using a countertop grill, your cooking time will be shortened because countertop grills cook from both sides. Check interior temperature after about 5 minutes. Top with mozzarella when appropriate; cover loosely with aluminum foil to allow cheese to melt.