Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers

frank's Grilled Italian Meatball Burgers


By: Frank Bolognino


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ c seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
  • ½ lb. Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • ¾ c shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 8 Kaiser rolls, split
  • 1 c roasted garlic Parmesan spaghetti sauce, heated



  • Combine first seven ingredients in large bowl
  • Crumble beef and sausage into the bowl and mix well, shaping into burgers
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and coat your grill rack
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side (thermometer should read 165 and juices should run clear)
  • Sprinkle burgers with cheese, cover the grill, and let cheese melt (about 2-3 minutes)
  • Remove and keep warm until ready to serve— serve on toasted Kaiser rolls with warm sauce.


Note from the author: Grilling or broiling the rolls just before you’re ready to eat is highly recommended!

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