Spicy Italian Grilled Hamburger recipe
Imagine, all the robust and hearty flavors everyone loves about Italian cuisine is brought together in this spicy grilled hamburger recipe.
We've combined all the popular Italian ingredients including pork, garlic, basil pesto, parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers and Italian seasoning, you name it, it's in this hamburger.
One of the nice things about using 100% ground pork for a grilled hamburger is it can't possibly dry out. This hamburger stays juicy right to the bun.
You can always use regular hamburger buns but why not try something more interesting, like toasted garlic, cheese and onion buns?
Try diced roma tomatoes and green peppers and put them on the grilled hamburger just before the mozzarella cheese while they're still on the barbecue, this turns out very well.
Serves: 2 - 4 (makes 4 to 6 burgers, depending on size)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Direct Heat: 500F - 525F
Tip: If you want to save even more time, use 6 slices of microwaveable pre-cooked bacon. Takes about a minute in the microwave and tastes great in this recipe.
Don't overwork the patties and make a slight indent in the top of each patty to allow for outward expansion while being grilled.
Cover the patties with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour before grilling.
When the grill reaches temperature remove the hamburgers from the refrigerator and place on the hot grates.
Any grilled hamburger recipe should be cooked while the patties are cold to ensure they keep their shape during the initial stages of grilling.
When cold, the fat takes longer to render and the hamburger stays juicier longer.
After their flipped place a small amount of diced tomato and green pepper on each burger.
After another 6 - 7 minutes the burgers should be cooked.
Check with an instant read thermometer, if 160F internal temperature then remove.
Place the grilled burgers on a serving plate and serve with the toppings and buns of your choice.
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