Italian Burgers Recipe

Get saucy with these Italian Burgers, packed with family-friendly flavors.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 30 minutes
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  • Servings: Makes 6 servings OR 4 servings + 2 leftover servings

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  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons (or 2 Dinner Mixer Packets) Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix
  • 6 slices (or 4 slices for Dinner Mixer Recipe) crusty French loaf artisan bread*
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 slices (or 4 slices for Dinner Mixer Recipe) fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

cooking methods

  • Grill


  1. In large mixing bowl, combine ground beef and 1 packet (or 2 tablespoons for Dinner Mixer recipe) Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Spread both sides of bread with butter; set aside. In microwave-safe bowl, combine crushed tomatoes with remaining Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix; set aside. (Reserve ½ cup marinara for remix recipe).
  3. Prepare grill to medium heat. Place patties on grill. Grill, turning once, 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer. Top 6 (or 4 for Dinner Mixer recipe) burgers with cheese; grill 1 minute.
  4. Meanwhile, place bread on grill. Grill, turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Microwave sauce on HIGH 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Place burgers on bread and top with marinara sauce. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

Makes 6 servings or 4 servings + 2 leftover servings.

Serve with Creamy Onion Spinach Salad.

*Note: Oblong shaped crusty French loaf such as take 'n bake (not the long soft French bread).

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1. Place patties between layers of wax paper in a gallon freezer bag. Prepare step 2, placing bread in a gallon freezer bag and sauce in a quart freezer bag. Place all bags in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 3.

For remix Italian Burger Soup recipe: Place 2 burgers without cheese in a storage container. Place ½ cup marinara in storage container. Refrigerate both container up to 2 days.

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