Italian Meatball Burgers

Reprinted from the book Cooking Light's CRAVE!. Copyright © 2013 by Time Home Entertainment Inc. Published by Oxmoor House.

Italian Meatball Burgers

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    Ingredients

    6 (1.5-ounce) frozen ciabatta rolls with rosemary and olive oil 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    8 ounces sweet turkey Italian sausage 1 pound ground sirloin
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil Cooking spray
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano 1/2 cup shredded sharp provolone cheese
    1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed 6 large basil leaves
    1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons lower-sodium marinara sauce

    directions

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    • 1

      Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

    • 2

      Bake rolls according to package directions. Split rolls.

    • 3

      Remove casings from sausage. Combine sausage, chopped basil, and next 5 ingredients (through ground sirloin) in a medium bowl. Divide meat mixture into 6 equal portions with moist hands, shaping each into a 1 ⁄2 -inch-thick patty. Press thumb in center of each patty, leaving a nickel-sized indentation.

    • 4

      Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes. Turn patties over; grill 2 minutes. Sprinkle cheese evenly over patties, and grill 6 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Remove from grill; let stand 5 minutes.

    • 5

      Place 1 basil leaf on bottom half of each roll; top each with 1 patty, 1 tablespoon marinara sauce, and roll top.

    nutritional information

    Calories:
    292
    Fiber:
    1.1 g
    Fat:
    11.5 g
    Saturated Fat:
    3.9 g
    Calcium:
    93 mg
    Carbohydrates:
    24 g
    Protein:
    26.8 g
    Iron:
    1.6 mg
    Sodium:
    642 mg
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