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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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