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Homemade Hamburgers: The Ultimate Italian Burger, with Gourmet Hamburgers Videos

Updated on March 31, 2011

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Few things in the United States are as culinary evocative as homemade hamburgers. Just the smell of well-seasoned beef grilling over pungent charcoal brings to mind family cookouts, summer, picnics, and general good times. The once-lowly burger has achieved gourmet status in numerous restaurants, where you can find brie burgers, blue cheese burgers, goat cheese burgers, and gourmet burgers topped with chutneys. Of course, nothing can ever take the place of those homemade hamburgers you cook in your own back yard!

Burger lovers across the country prepare thousands of different hamburger recipes each year. These range in ingredients and in cooking methods. Some folks like plain, straightforward hamburgers cooked on the grill and topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, and ketchup. Nothing wrong with that! Other backyard cooks and grill masters like to be adventurous with their hamburger recipes, so they’re always trying new things.

When it comes to hamburger meat, many true burger connoisseurs prefer to grind their own hamburger meat. After all, you never know exactly what’s in ground beef you buy in the grocery store or market. Some store-bought burgers even have added sugar to improve the taste of the meat! When you grind your own meat, you know exactly what goes into your burgers. You can choose to make your hamburger meat with round steak, chuck, sirloin, or whatever other cuts you like the best. If you purchase a good quality meat grinder, making your own homemade burger meat isn’t a difficult process.

This recipe for homemade hamburgers is awesome! It’s not to “far out” to appeal to just about everyone, but it’s unique enough to be a nice change from the standard burger. Try it out, and let me know what you think!

Holle’s Ultimate Italian Burger recipe

What you’ll need:

2 pounds extra-lean burger meat

2 tablespoons bottled Italian dressing

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon onion powder

1-2 teaspoons garlic salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

8 slices provolone cheese

8 slices mozzarella cheese

8 onion rolls

Melted butter

Thin-sliced pepperoni

Chopped black olives

Onion slices

Pizza or spaghetti sauce

Directions: Mix meat with dressing, oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic salt, and black pepper. Using a hamburger press, make eight patties. Grill as normal. Before taking burgers off grill, place a slice of provolone cheese on top of each hamburger.

Meanwhile, split onion rolls, brush with melted butter, and broil in the oven until slightly toasted.

Place burgers on bottom buns, cheese side down.

While burgers are still hot, place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each patty. Top with sliced onions, chopped black olives, and pepperoni. Add pizza sauce and place top buns on burgers.

These homemade hamburgers are moist, tasty, and very hearty and satisfying. Serve with grilled veggies or a tossed salad, and you have all four major food groups covered! Even if this burger recipe doesn’t appeal to you, get adventurous once in a while with your burger preparations. You’ll find a wide range of foods that will compliment the taste of grilled beef. Try a few out. You’ll soon be making your own amazing homemade hamburgers!

Homemade hamburgers - yum!
Homemade hamburgers - yum!
Turn your burgers into gourmet hamburgers!
Turn your burgers into gourmet hamburgers!


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    • TravelinAsia profile image


      9 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Oh .. I forgot to mention, if you go to a Thai restaurant and ask for a hamburger, you will get an inch thick slice of ham on a bun!

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      9 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Perhaps the only thing about living in Thailand that I don't like.. is that it is impossible to get a decent hamburger. We make our own at home, but the beef is just not the same. Your burgers look delicious!

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      Hamburgers are always best when homemade. Your recipe looks great

    • Helengi profile image


      9 years ago from London, England

      In a word: YUM!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      Youa re SUCH a gem! No wonder I love you so much :-))

    • msannec profile image


      9 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      I bet this is scrupmtious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can't wait to try it.

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      Chris Merritt 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Haaa! tis the season! I am going to fire up the grill this weekend, and that Italian Burger idea is sounding very good.

      You have my mouth watering....


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      9 years ago

      This recipe sounds wonderful. I think if, weather permits, we'll fir up the grill this weekend.

    • skalicia profile image


      9 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      These sound delicious thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The burgers look great and thank you for the recipe. I think we might have some this weekend also. We haven't used our meat grinder in a long time but I think you re right about the better quality.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Drbj, we love homemade hamburgers! Hope to gril some this weekend.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sandy! How ya been?

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Holle, for this amazing hamburger recipe and the 'easy to learn from' videos. You have performed a service above and beyond for all true burger lovers.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This looks real yummy!


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