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The Leaning Tower of Meats & Cheeza
By Erin Clarke of Well Plated
If you ever have the opportunity to marry into an Italian family, I highly recommend it. Now, I’m not saying that familial country of origin should be the sole factor in selecting one’s life partner — other things such as, “Do they unload the dishwasher?” and “Can I trust this person to tell me I have spinach in my teeth at important events?” — should be given appropriate consideration. At the same time, however, I must hand it to the Italians for their love of and maniacal devotion to food.
One of my favorite things about my in-laws’ culinary passion is that it extends to every possible social gathering, including tailgates. At least once a year, my husband and I return to our alma mater with his family for a football game and, at first glance, the tailgating spread could be mistaken for a small Italian deli.
While the menu changes from game to game, Italian sausages smothered in sweet grilled peppers and onions are a staple. They travel well, are easy to cook in mass quantity, and I have yet to meet a person that didn’t inhale theirs in less than four minutes. They are absolutely delish.
When I was envisioning my dream tailgating burger, my mind kept drifting back to those smoky, spicy Italian sausages, and their flavors turned into this feisty Italian burger’s inspiration. The patty is a 50/50 blend of spicy turkey sausage and regular ground turkey, so it’s lean and mean, but the sausage keeps it nice and juicy. I loaded it up with Italian-inspired oregano and basil, then layered it generously with grilled bell peppers and onions.
Finally, because no self-respecting burger (or Italian, for that matter) would dream of skipping the cheese, let’s double up! Creamy whole milk Wisconsin mozzarella makes the burgers extra decadent, and sharper, nuttier asiago adds a bite. To make these burgers easy for transport, prep the patties and veggies ahead of time so you’ll be ready to fire up the grill as soon as you arrive. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself speaking Italian after only one bite!
Check out the recipe below. What would you call this cheesy creation? Let us know on the Cheese & Burger Society Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 NFL Pro Shop Gift Card and a grilling tool set!
How to Enter: [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]
Visit the Cheese & Burger Facebook page and leave a comment on the “Hello my name is _____” post with your cheeseburger name suggestion.
- Entrants must be U.S. residents.
- Entries are limited to one per household.
- One entry will be chosen.
- Entry period ends Sunday, August 2, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
- The winner will be chosen and announced in the same Facebook post Monday, August 3, 2015.
By Erin Clarke of Well Plated
For Burger Patties:
1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
1 pound sweet or spicy turkey sausage, casings removed (I used spicy)
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons ground basil
2 teaspoons ground oregano
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 ounces Wisconsin asiago cheese, cut in 6 slices
8 ounces Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, cut in 6 slices
For Grilled Vegetables:
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 hamburger buns
Make burger patties: Place ground turkey, turkey sausage, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, fennel, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes in large mixing bowl; lightly combine with your fingers. Make sure ingredients are evenly incorporated, but do not compact meat. Shape into 6 patties. Refrigerate while preparing vegetables.
Prepare vegetables: Place onion and pepper slices in medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Preheat grill to medium high. Place vegetables in grill basket; grill until softened and lightly charred, about 8 minutes, turning mixture often to prevent burning. Move to cool side of grill, keeping warm.
To finish burgers: Place turkey burger patties on hot grill. Grill until bottoms are browned, about 5 minutes; flip and continue grilling until cooked through, about 5 minutes. When burgers are almost ready, top with mozzarella and asiago cheese slices.
Toast buns on grill, as desired. Serve burgers, topped with grilled veggies, on warm buns.