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Courtney Rowland
Course Main
Cuisine Italian-Inspired
Servings 5 servings


For the burgers:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

For serving:

  • 5 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bunch basil you'll want a couple leaves for each burger
  • 5 thick slices of tomato
  • Balsamic Glaze you can buy it at the store or make your own using the recipe linked above

For the bread:

  • 10 thick slices of Italian bread
  • ¼-1/3 cup olive oil


  • Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together beef, sausage, salt, and vinegar. Shape into 5-6 patties and use your thumb to create a small well in the center of each one.
  • Place patties directly on the hottest part of the grill and grill uncovered for 5-6 minutes or until juices begin to appear at the top of the burger. Flip burgers and cook an additional 4-5 minutes on the opposite side. Add cheese slices during the last few minutes of grilling. Remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for the bread, use a pastry brush to brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and crisped.
  • For serving, stack burgers, tomato, and basil leaves on a slice of bread. Drizzle with balsamic glaze then finish with the second slice of bread.


I linked to the full balsamic recipe above, but here's the short version. Heat a bottle of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium high heat. When it starts to boil, sprinkle in a Tablespoon of sugar. Continue to cook, whisking often, until mixture is reduced by half and is thick and syrupy.