Saturday, December 3, 2011

Italian Hoagie Burger

Italian Hoagie Burger

Love burgers?  Love hoagies?  Why have to pick just one over the other?  Here's a burger (we made these for dinner just tonight) that packs a whole lot of Italian goodies into one delicious sandwich.  

The burger itself is a half and half mixture of  hot Italian sausage and ground chuck.  Then I julienned some pepperoni slices and crisped those up in the skillet while Mark grilled the burgers out on the deck.  Here's the recipe for the rest of the burger treatment!

  • 1/2 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
Mix both together until well blended and form into 3 or 4 patties.

Since the sausage is pork (duh), I wouldn't recommend doing these anything but well-done....but not overdone...keep them juicy!

Top the burgers with:
  • julienned pepperoni, fried crisp
  • provolone
  • hot banana pepper rings
  • thinly sliced onion
  • sliced tomatoes
  • roasted red pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • spring greens
While you're grilling the burgers, drizzle a little olive oil on the bun halves (gluten-free buns for GF folks) and toast them on the side of the grill.  Be careful not to burn your buns.  (Good advice in any circumstance, yes?) 
When the burgers are done, top each with pepperoni and cover that with provolone; grill just until the provolone oozes over the top.
Top with any or all of the rest of the toppings.  Or add anything you think I might have missed.  Artichokes?  Black olives?  Radicchio?

NOTE:  Udi's makes a really good gluten-free hamburger bun.  What a treat to actually have a burger ON A BUN if you're gluten-free!  (They make a really good hot dog bun, too!)
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