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8 ozitalian sausage (your choice of hot, mild or sweet, about 2 links)
1 lblean ground beef
1 tspdried oregano
1 tspdried basil
1/2 tspfennel seeds, crushed
1/8 tspgarlic powder
1/2 tspsalt (optional; i don't use it)
6 slicemozzarella cheese (fresh is best)
3/4 cmarinara sauce (your favorite brand)
6toasted hamburger buns or italian bread rolls
How to Make Italian Meatball Burgers
- Prepare your outdoor grill or countertop grill.
- Remove the casings from the sausage. Combine sausage, ground beef & species in a bowl. Form into 6 equal patties.
- Place 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.
- NOTE: 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.