Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

Thursday, February 1, 2018
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!

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

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.

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

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.

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

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.

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

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.

Best Italian Juicy Hamburgers

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

Best Juicy Italian Hamburgers


This will make 4 square burgers

2 pounds Ground Chuck
1 egg
1/4  cup Italian  seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Italian dry seasoning
1/4 cup Merlot wine or Cabernet
3 tablespoon Romano grated cheese
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 clove  garlic minced fine 
3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
2 tablespoons marinara sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
For the rolls:
Ciabatta rolls
Minced fresh garlic
olive oil
salt pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes

Sliced beef tomatoes
Sliced provolone cheese or mozzarella 
Your favorite condiments we only use marinara and sometimes brown spicy mustard

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together with your hands until is is evenly blended.
Shape into square patty's. 

Grandma's version:
Heat a small amount of oil in a cast iron skillet.  Add two slivered pieces of fresh garlic. Saute the burgers in the garlic and oil until cooked. If the garlic browns too fast take it out, it's just there to flavor the oil.

Note: you can grill, fry, bake, broil or even air fry until patty is cooked all the way through. We like it just a tiny bit pink. If you do, then proceed to saute the garlic in oil and coat the burgers for flavor before proceeding with these  other cooking methods.

In the meantime,  cut the rolls your using in half, brush with olive oil,  a little on each side with  minced garlic. Broil or grill until toasted.
When burgers are cooked place the cheese on top to melt it.
Put lettuce first on the bun, burger with cheese, top with tomato. Garnish with sauce or condiments of choice.

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  1. My husband will definitely love this!

  2. Boy, this sounds like a wonderful burger---whether cooked indoors or out!!

  3. Since I like the meat to extend to the edge of the bread, I'd make them a little thinner but I love the sound of the burger ingredients and the looks of the bun. I looked at the recipe for the bread and assume you use the same recipe for the rolls - one of our favorite breads but never made them.

  4. Woo hoo, great hamburger! Garlic, cheese and Ciabatta, yum!!!

  5. I like burgers prepared in a great iron skillet too. It seems to retain the fat better versus when grilled . . . but we love them grilled too. Either way, this Italian burger sounds awesome!!!

  6. Whoa, now that's a burger! I bet the red wine adds a beautiful richness to the flavor. Looks perfect for grilling season!

  7. I've never had an Italian-flavored hamburger but these sound divine!

  8. That sounds like one tasty burger! Can't wait to make these!

  9. I, too, grew up in an Italian household. We always did our burgers on the stovetop with lots of garlic.

  10. Oh yes, these hamburgers look so delicious!


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