These big juicy beef patty's are thick and bursting with Italian flavors. They're truly one of the best burgers on the planet, at least to me! The homemade ciabatta bread rolls are pillow soft and make a big difference giving this Italian burger the "wow" factor!
I grew up in an all Italian household, we made our hamburgers differently. Hamburgers as we know them in America are thin, on an american style bun and became a loved fast food item in major chains across the country.
Growing up in Upstate New York where it was always cold, we didn't have the luxury of grilling outside and when we did back in those days, everything to me tasted like lighter fluid using that charcoal outside in the summer time.
Even though that brings back some great memories of our family reunions, I really do like the flavor of my burger cooked in an iron skillet either on the gas grill or top of stove.
Either way you can prepare these, the burgers are juicy. Cooking them on high heat to seal in the juices and brown quickly on both sides is the key.
Then lowering the temperature to almost warm to finish cooking. That's how they stay so juicy.
What makes these Italian? The garlic, herbs, spices, cheeses but my favorite is the bun. Homemade ciabatta bread rolls, makes them taste over the top special in taste.
I just love the soft flour topped ciabatta bread. You can also buy them anywhere that sell fresh Italian ciabatta bread rolls.
One of the reasons I love these burgers over the all American burger is the garlic and cheese.
These thick juicy burgers reminds me of my grandma because she would mold them in her hands and I would sit and watch her pressing them firmly together. They didn't have those fancy hamburger press makers in those days.
She would press them together and place them on wax paper, refrigerate them until dinner time. It gave the garlic and herbs a chance flavor the meat she said.
Then that awesome aroma! All I can remember is that wonderful smell of her frying these burgers in the oil and some fresh garlic when I was a child. It was so good!
The smell of the fresh garlic throughout the house was such an amazing aroma. Even if you didn't like meat, the smell of the hamburgers aroma made your mouth water.
Of course if you prefer to saute and caramelize onions, then add some long hots or your favorite peppers to the pan now we are really making the ultimate burger!
Then of course you can add those mushrooms in the pan too! I am sure you can relate to many toppings out there and give me some suggestions too!
I have even added leftover eggplant Parmesan on top of my burgers!
Without Americanizing the hamburger with (bacon and cheddar and of course you can if that's your favorite) we would add either pepperoni, capicola or a slice of sopressata.
Don't wait for summer to enjoy a great hamburger. Mix them up and either fry them in a cast iron skillet or bake them. They even come out great in an air fryer if you happen to have one.
The homemade potato fries were seasoned too, but that's another post coming soon!
Sometimes instead of melting the cheese on top, I put the cheese in the center of the hamburger before shaping the patty. Delicious!
Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Posted by claudia lamascolo at 12:00:00 AM
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Hi I'm Claudia, I blog about my family recipes some over 100 years old and Italian American foods. I am an author of a cookbook dedicated to my mom.