Italian Meatball Burgers

A meatball sub meets the hamburger.

This was one of the first dinners I made for my family. I was looking for a lighter version of hamburgers and came across this from Cooking Light. This recipe is really flavorful and easy to put together. The Italian turkey sausage adds a lot of flavor, and the marinara sauce was a perfect companion to the burgers. It was a hit all around.

ITALIAN MEATBALL BURGERS
Adapted from Cooking Light

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces sweet turkey Italian sausage (about 2 links)
1 pound ground sirloin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Cooking spray
4-6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
6 hamburger buns
Marinara sauce

DIRECTIONS

Prepare grill.

Remove casings from turkey sausage. In a large bowl, combine turkey sausage, ground sirloin, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and garlic powder. Shape into 6 burgers, weighing 4 ounces each, about 1/2 inch thick.

Spray grill with cooking spray. Grill burger for 5 minutes and flip. Grill for an additional 2 minutes. Top the burgers with mozzarella cheese and grill an additional 5 minutes. Remove burgers from grill and let stand for 5 minutes. Grill hamburger buns cut side down for 1 minute.

Place burgers on toasted buns and top with marinara sauce.

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