Italian Burger

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 Italian sausage and lean Ground beef, grilled to perfection and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, marinara and fresh basil served up on a garlic bread bun!


Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

We are big fans of Italian food here in our house.  It’s never disappointing when someone asks “what’s for dinner?” and the response is “spaghetti.”  It’s an easy go to for us, and just like these Italian burgers, full of flavor, always delish!


Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart -Italian Sausage and Lean Ground Beef, grilled to perfection and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, marinara and fresh basil served up on a garlic bread bun!

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A couple of weekends ago, we had an impromptu grill out on our back patio with all of the kids, and a few of my nieces and nephews, too.  I had plans to work on this burger, and it was a good thing, they came hungry!!  Of course, that typically isn’t a problem around here, I cook like it’s for an army most of the time anyway!



May Is National Burger Month

Did you know that May is National Burger Month?  It’s also National Grilling Month, and rightly so.  After the long winter we had, people are begging to crawl out of their homes, into the sunshine, and grill something magnificent! I joined a group of blogger friends for a fun event called #BurgerMonth.  It’s hosted by Kita, the brains and beauty behind a blog called Girl Carnivore.  Once I signed up, I dusted off that part of my brain that I use for grilling recipes, as it had been stashed away since TailGating Season last fall! I started bouncing ideas off of my youngest son, since he is a bit of a burger aficionado.   Together we came up with the idea for the Italian Burger.  I had all of the ingredients on hand, and ready to go when the family started arriving for the impromptu patio night I mentioned earlier.


Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

I swear I should own stock in Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage! I love that it comes to ground, I use it ALL the time.  Soups, meatloaf, stews, meatballs, meat sauce .. you name it.  It was time to get it in a burger. I mixed it with lean ground beef and Italian seasoned bread crumbs to make the patties.  I grabbed a jar of marinara sauce and some fresh basil, then a quick stop at the cheese counter for a ball of fresh mozzarella cheese.



Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

What goes best with Italian food?  Well, garlic bread of course!  I mixed up a batch of my Roasted Garlic Butter that afternoon, just to make the buns extra special!


Roasted Garlic Butter - An Affair from the Heart
ROASTED GARLIC BUTTER – Garlic roasted and mashed, added to butter with fresh herbs and spices, makes the most mouth watering garlic bread ever!


Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

We tossed the burgers on the grill and when they flipped for the first time I started toasting my garlic buns.  I used my new Grilling Mat.  This thing is awesome.  From toasting bread, to grilling delicate meats and veggies.  Super easy clean up, too.  When the burgers are done, melt a slice of fresh mozzarella over the top.



Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

Place the burger on the bottom bun, spoon some warm marinara over the cheese, top with a basil leaf and add the top bun.



Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

We served them up with Alexia frozen Truffle fries with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh Italian parsley.  Oh. My. Word.


Burger Month Giveaway

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Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart

I highly recommend these happen in your corner of the planet this weekend.

Much Love & Sunshine, M.



Italian Burger and french fries on a white plate
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Italian Burger

Italian Burger - An Affair from the Heart - Italian Sausage and Lean Ground Beef, grilled to perfection and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, marinara and fresh basil served up on a garlic bread bun!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Burger
Servings: 8 burgers
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 # Ground Italian sausage
  • 1 # lean Ground Beef
  • 1/3 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Marinara Sauce warmed slightly
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • Roasted Garlic Butter


  • Combine Italian Sausage, ground beef and bread crumbs and form into 8 patties.
  • Slice cheese. Set aside.
  • Separate your basil leaves. Set aside.
  • Butter your buns with prepared roasted garlic butter.
  • Fire up your grill to medium heat, and start grilling your burgers. When they are halfway done, start to prepare your buns by toasting them on your grilling mat. When they are done, remove them and plate them until the burgers are ready.
  • When your burgers are done, melt the slice of cheese over the top of each burger.
  • Place the burger in the bottom bun, spoon warm marinara over the cheese, top with basil leaves, add the top bun, and serve!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 533mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g


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  1. Every month is burger month at our house but have I ever heard of an Italian Burger? No!!! To which I say SUUUUPER GENIUS! I’m drooling over your burger while at our little weekend oasis on a small lake in Wisconsin which is literally minutes away from Johnsonville, the tiny hamlet from which so much good Italian sausage comes from, just like what you used in this incredible looking burger. Thanks for the delicious inspiration, once again!

  2. Wow! Talk about flavor! You have layer upon layer of goodness in this burger! What a great idea to use sausage as the burger base! I just love everything about this! Definitely firing up the grill to make these soon!

  3. Oh my goodness, you gotta love a great burger! And that butter you slapped on the buns – mmmm! This looks fabulous bring on grilling season!

  4. Oh WOW!! There is a time and a place for every burger and I like the look of yours. The grill shot makes me smell the food cooking!! Great food for a weekend, yummo!

  5. My husband spent all day today assembling his brand new grill… you KNOW I am forwarding him this recipe!!! It looks aaaamazing. Can’t wait to crank it up all weekend! Thanks so much for the great burger recipe. Must try!

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