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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
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 8 burgers.
  • On a lightly oiled rack, grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  • Sprinkle burgers with cheese; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Remove and keep warm.
  • Grill or broil rolls for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on rolls with spaghetti sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 399 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 743mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Benny
    May 6, 2018

    This was a disaster. First, why not mix the shredded cheese or use sliced cheese? Wasted to sprinkle. Two, my own fault because the bottle said Roasted Garlic Parmesan cheese sauce. Unfortunately, it is white. I didn't think there was two of these but apparently spaghetti was an important word that I missed. Third, where's the pepper? What Italian doesn't use pepper in their meatballs? This was an expensive fail.Also, this website is ridiculous. Can't zoom in on my phone. Please fix.

  • mkaskela
    Jun 21, 2014

    The kids loved them!

  • AZHobbyFarm
    Nov 12, 2013

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

  • SeasideTV
    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.

  • Papa Bob
    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.

  • MariaS.
    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.

  • ldybugkiss
    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!

  • jennsy
    Jun 15, 2009

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

  • gartner
    Jun 12, 2009

    Then don't use salt.

  • santony
    Jun 12, 2009

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