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Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers

 Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers
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
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.


  • 1 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 ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef
  • and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight burgers.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle burgers with cheese; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese

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Directions (continued)

  • is melted. Remove and keep warm.
  • 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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.