For a tasty twist on the plain hamburger, try these Italian Beef Burgers. They take about thirty minutes to make from the time that you start gathering ingredients until you serve them. If you need some burgers with that special touch, these are the ones to make.
Italian Beef Burger Recipe
¼ cup catsup
1 large egg
1 tablespoon dried chopped onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons of Kraft Parmesan cheese (or your favorite Parmesan cheese)
½ cup Italian bread crumbs
1 pound of high quality ground beef (85% lean or leaner- I used 90% lean ground round)
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Salt (optional)
Olive oil to fry the patties
Hot water for cooking the patties
Provolone cheese slices, if desired
This method utilizes mixing and shaping the meat mixture with your hands. Since raw beef can carry bacteria, it is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before touching utensils. This will require you to wash your hands at several places in the recipe.
Have a large heavy skillet with a tightly fitting lid on the stove. Coat the bottom of the pan with just enough olive oil to cover it. Have a spatula ready.
Use a large bowl to mix the ingredients. To measure the catsup, spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. Measure the catsup, and it will pour right out into the large bowl. Add the egg, onion, parsley, paprika, garlic, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Stir these ingredients to mix. Press the lumps of cheese so that they get mixed. Add the Italian bread crumbs, ground beef, and seasoned salt, if desired. Using freshly washed hands, mix thoroughly with your hands until the beef mixture is completely mixed. Put a pinch of the meat mixture into the skillet. Wash your hands.
Turn on the stove, to high, until the pan is hot and the pinch of meat is sizzling. While the pan is heating, shape the meat mixture into 4-6 patties, depending on the appetites of your family. This recipe makes five patties for my family. When the meat pinch is sizzling in the pan, add the patties to the pan. Wash your hands. After the patties have browned on one side, turn them with the spatula to the other side. Brown the second side. Pour in enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan about 1 cm deep (1/3 inch). I used about a cup of water with my pan. You really don’t need to measure this. You just need a bit of water, not too much, so that the patties will completely cook and be tender. Also, be careful pouring the water into the pan. You don’t want grease popping on you! The outsides of the Italian Beef Burgers will be browned attractively, but won’t have a tough outer crust. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the patties are completely cooked and no red or pink remains. The timing depends on how thick the patties are and how hot that your stove cooks. Turn the heat off and cover each pattie with a creamy piece of provolone cheese. Cover the pan and let stand 1-2 minutes. Remove the Italian Beef Burgers from the pan and serve.
These patties can be served on a fresh bun with ranch dressing, lettuce, and sliced tomatoes. You can also use your favorite Italian tomato sauce on a crusty Italian roll. Any way that you serve them, they are a delicious addition to your sandwich recipes.
Pairs well with:
Easy Low Carb Spinach Salad Recipe
Marinated Vegetable Salad Recipe
Broccoli Salad Side Dish Recipe
Spinach Mushroom Creamy Soup Recipe