Burgers a la Pizzaiola


8 servings
Burgers a la Pizzaiola
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashedgarlic clove4
¼ cup (5 or 6) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drainedsun-dried tomatoes¼
⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, packedbasil
⅓ cup shredded mozzarellamozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesanparmesan cheese¼
1 tablespoon tomato pastetomato paste1
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakesred pepper flakes½
1 ½ teaspoons kosher saltkosher salt1 ½
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper½
2 ½ pounds ground sirloin beefground sirloin beef2 ½
8 sourdough rolls, halved lengthwisesourdough rolls8
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilextra-virgin olive oil2


Burgers a la Pizzaiola
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.

In a food processor, pulse together the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, cheeses, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Process until blended. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the beef and, using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until combined. Form the mixture into 8 (4-inch diameter) patties, each about 3/4-inch thick. Grill each side until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Brush the cut side of the rolls with olive oil and grill until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.

Place the burgers on the bottom half of the rolls and add desired toppings. Add the top half of the rolls and serve.

cook's notes

Topping suggestions: shredded cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, sliced tomatoes, marinara sauce, prosciutto, sliced olives, roasted red bell peppers, lettuce leaves, arugula, ketchup, pesto
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