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Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers Recipe

Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"This is such a fun way to enjoy Italian flavors! I thought it was a bit subtle in flavor when we made it the first time, but now we find ourselves craving this excellent burger!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"not everyone is trying to reduce their salt. leave it out then."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2009

"Then don't use salt."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2009

"Way to salty, people are trying to reduce their salt limit and th one has 743mg. ????"

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