Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers Recipe
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Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers Recipe

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I just love these burgers! They're a big hit with kids and adults. I serve them with sliced green peppers, tomato and onion slices and a jar of crushed red peppers on the side for adults. Kids enjoy them best "as is." —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 kaiser rolls, split
  • 1 cup roasted garlic Parmesan spaghetti sauce, warmed

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 399 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 743mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight burgers.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  3. Sprinkle burgers with cheese; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Remove and keep warm.
  4. Grill or broil rolls for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on rolls with spaghetti sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p35

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"The kids loved them!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"Great recipe! Will definitely make again. It may even become a family favorite! I served it with homemade seasoned french fries."

Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"I just found this recipe and it sure sounds good. Papa Bob, you're a real Italian. You called it gravy instead of sauce. LOL! Can't wait to give this a try."

Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"This wasn't written just for you, I like salt. Burger is great as is, but , I added more gravey and cheese to the buns."

Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"This is how I make my burgers except the sausage (that's what makes it salty)Next time I make burgers I'll add the sausage for a more Italian taste."

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