Sicilian Burgers Recipe
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Sicilian Burgers Recipe

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The unique flavor of these burgers make them a favorite of my family's. They're also good reheated as leftovers.—Beverly Gordon, Rapid City, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 12 hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 310 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 902mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in the ketchup, relish, salt, basil and pepper. Stir in cheese.
  2. Spread meat mixture onto buns. Wrap sandwiches individually in foil and place in a baking pan. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sicilian Burgers in Country Ground Beef 1993, p15

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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2dogsrule2 User ID: 4479281 17224
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"I agree with you Aldente31 - Sicilian??? My mother is rolling along with yours! LMAO!!! I guarantee you there isn't an authentic Sicilian who even knows what Velveeta is!"

Ron07 User ID: 5239194 20651
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"I would with my changes. Using Italian grated cheese,pecorino,parmesan.Anyway i call this sloppy joes i made these years ago.Iwould mix the meat and make hambugers then call it italian burgers."

lilgrannymac User ID: 3243163 20634
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"sicilian? hmmm my mom use to call it poor mans sloppy joes lol she made this at the end of the week before payday because that is what was left in the house to cook. lol"

atwill6 User ID: 4479806 20531
Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"aldente31: Did you notice it was sponsered by Velveeta? Nough said! Have a great day, and remember: if it tastes good to you, why does it matter what it's called?"

aldente31 User ID: 4406517 202120
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"pickle relish, ketchup, and velveeta ???? YOU CALL THIS SICILIAN ???? MY MOTHER IS ROLLING OVER IN HER GRAVE !"

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