Grill Like an Italian with Colavita: Ultimate Italian-Inspired Burgers
Recipe Type: Main, Burger
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Homemade focaccia buns, a sun-dried tomato chutney, and fresh ground burgers topped with a garlic infused olive oil makes for an exciting backyard barbecue.
Home-made Sesame Buns
  • 500grams or approximately 5 cups Colavita bread flour
  • 1 envelope of yeast, about 7g dry or 25g fresh
  • Approximately 1½ cups water, luke-warm
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs room temperature butter
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Sesame seeds to decorate
Sweet and spicy chutney
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 can-Crushed tomato with basil
  • 1 tsp Malabar black peppercorn, crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 2 dried chilis, finely chopped or blended
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 handful, Colavita's Sun-dried tomato in extra virgin olive oil. Drained and reserved for cooking
  • 2 tbs White wine vinegar (balsamic Chardonnay)
FOR THE JUICY, JUICY BURGERS – Makes about 10-12 small-sized burgers
  • Ground beef 500 g (1 lb 11/2 oz)
  • Small red onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Handful of breadcrumbs
  • Colavita capers, 1 tbs finely chopped/diced
  • Colavita Sea salt
  • Colavita Black Pepper
  • Colavita infused Garlic oil
To serve
  • Homemade Burger buns , halved
  • Topping
  • Sunny-side-up eggs
  • Pickle slices a handful
  • Home-made Chutney
Home-made Sesame Buns
  1. Mix and combine the luke-warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve and set aside until the yeast is active.
  2. Combine the flour, salt with the yeast mixture, and add in the egg and butter. Knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is spring-y when touched. Let rise in a warm place, covered with a kitchen towel.
  3. When doubled in size, knock back and roll into individual rolls. Line on a baking tray and let rise for another 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 190deg, sprinkle the buns with sesame and bake the buns until golden brown. About 15 minutes.
Sweet and spicy chutney
  1. Add 1 tbs of the sun-dried olive oil and fry off the garlic, peppercorn and chili’s. Add in the chopped sun-dried tomato and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Add in the crushed tomato with Basil and add in the white-wine vinegar, which will give a slightly sweet flavor to the sauce. Add a splash of water if it looks a little dry and the sugar.
  3. Cook the sauce until sticky and store in a clean jar.
  1. For the burgers, lightly combine all the ingredients together and set aside for at least 15 minutes to let all the flavours infuse.
  2. When ready and starving to eat, lightly drizzle your favourite Colavita Olive oil (truffle or garlic infused is my fav!) on the hot grill.
  3. Place the burgers on the grill and cook to your liking -- about 3 minutes either side for me, because I like my burgers fat
  4. Place your burger on the home-made buns (you can lightly grill these on the same grill ) and place your favourite toppings on the burger – chutney and egg (cause I’m an Aussie)
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at