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Italian Burgers Recipe

Italian Burgers Recipe

"My son, Tory, loves my lasagna, which I only make on Christmas," writes Bridgetta Ealy of Pontiac, Michigan. "As a surprise I created this burger, inspired by the lasagna he loves."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 green pepper rings
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 slices smoked part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 ounce each)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the chili sauce, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two patties; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook peppers in oil over medium heat until crisp-tender. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, cook burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear, topping each with a pepper ring and cheese slice during the last 3 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, combine ricotta cheese and parsley; spread over bun bottoms. Top with spinach and burgers; replace tops. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 burger (prepared with reduced-fat ricotta cheese) equals 455 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 550 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 36 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.