Italian Burgers – I Heart Naptime

Juicy Italian burgers made with a mix of ground beef, spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and parmesan cheese. These burgers are bursting with flavor and are a fun way to switch it up. 

I love a summer time meal that I don’t have to cook indoors. That means a cookout for me! But sometimes I want to shake up the classic hamburgers and make a fun variation. Queue these Italian burgers. They are so good and will definitely be on repeat this summer!

Italian hamburger with caramelized onions

Some simple Italian ingredients are all it takes to put these burgers together in under 20 minutes. I started with ground beef and mixed in spicy Italian sausage for flavor. You’ll be surprised, the heat doesn’t arrive through, so your kids can still enjoy the burgers. Parmesan cheese and chopped roasted red peppers are gently mixed into the meat, and of course a pinch of salt. That’s enough to create the Trendy juicy, flavorful patties you’ve had all summer.

Forming Italian hamburger patties

Forming the patties

The patties are large! Well listen, not too large. They fit perfectly on a brioche bun or homemade hamburger bun, even after a small shrinking on the grill. To make the patties, mix together the beef, Italian sausage, roasted red bell peppers, salt and Parmesan cheese. You could even add in a pinch of Italian seasoning for a small extra flavor. Mix with your hands just until combined. You don’t want to over mix or else your burgers will be dry.

I used about 2/3 cup of meat mixture for each patty. Flatten to about 1 inch thick. I like to press mine a small thinner in the middle (Did you cognize that’s where they shrink in? This trick helps your burgers stay flat, instead of bulging and turning into balls!)

Italian burgers on white plate

Grilling Italian burgers

Once you’ve formed the patties, it’s time to fire up the grill. Follow these simple steps below to obtain started:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. Place burgers on the grill and cook just until cooked through, about 6 minutes (flipping halfway). They will be done when the outsides are charred and the internal juices run clear.
  3. Add mozzarella cheese slices on top if desired. Grill until the cheese melts, then turn off the heat and begin assembling the hamburgers.

Italian burger with mozzarella cheese

Ways to serve

  • On a brioche bun with your favorite toppings.
  • Swap the bun for romaine, red leaf of iceberg lettuce to make a bunless burger.
  • Over a bed of mixed greens with a drizzle of balsamic dressing or an simple vinaigrette.

Favorite toppings

The burgers are so flavorful that you really don’t need many other condiments or toppings. Below are some extras to add on to make them even more divine.

  • lettuce or arugula
  • tomato
  • sliced mozzarella
  • caramelized onions
  • fresh basil
  • spoonful of marinara sauce

Italian burger with caramelized onions

More grilled favorites:

Italian burger with caramelized onions

Italian Burger Recipe

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: Italian burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 311

Juicy Italian burgers made with a mix of ground beef, spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and parmesan cheese. These burgers are bursting with flavor and are a fun way to switch it up. 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 ounces spicy Italian sausage , casings removed
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan

For serving: brioche buns, fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, lettuce or arugula, caramelized onions

  • Combine the ground beef, sausage, bell peppers, salt and Parmesan and mix together, being careful not to overmix.

  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. While grill heats, form mixture into 4 patties, using about 2/3 cup of meat mixture for each. Press to 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

  • Grill, turning once, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes total. Top with mozzarella cheese slices if desired. Grill until cheese has melted and then turn off heat.

  • Serve on a brioche bun with sliced tomato, lettuce and caramelized onions if desired. Alternately, you could serve the burgers over a salad or in a lettuce wrap.

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg


Recipe contributed by Tara from Tara Teaspoon for I Heart Naptime.

meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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