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Italian Burgers

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Chef Chris Prosperi shares his favorite recipe for Italian burgers.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 5 thick slices of mozzarella cheese


Preheat the grill. Wrap a medium-sized cutting board in plastic wrap.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, garlic, oregano, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, egg, parsley and bread crumbs. Mix well with your hands to fully incorporate.

Divide the beef into 5 equal-sized balls and flatten into 3/4 to 1 inch thick patties. Place on a preheated grill or in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes and then flip.

Top each burger with a slice of mozzarella cheese and melt the cheese.

Make sure the burger is fully cooked then serve on a toasted bun with grilled tomatoes.

This recipe makes five servings.

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