Italian Beef Burgers

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Italian Beef Burgers made with garlic, herbs, and onion and a touch of tomato sauce are delicious, perfect for grilling, and make a great dinner.

242 CAL 9g CARBS 11g FAT 27g PROTEIN

Italian Burgers garlic, onion, basil, and tomato sauce for a flavor packed, delicious burger the whole family will love. Serve them with some Parmesan Zucchini Fries or Portobello Mushroom Buns.

I am a huge burger fan. All ways, shapes, and forms. But, I do get stuck in a burger rut from time to time and today was one of those days when I wanted to switch it up a bit.

Lately, I have been experimenting with new takes on an Italian burger and have been pretty impressed with this recipe for an Italian Beef Burger.

Take a typical ground beef burger and then add tomato sauce, garlic, Italian spices, and fresh basil.

If you want to make it really special, then I suggest adding some melted fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, and/or pesto!

Italian Burgers with tomatoes, spices, and garlic topped with lettuce in a wheat bun.

How do you make Italian Burgers?

These are easy-peasy, and so, so yummy!

To make these Italian burgers, first what I do is combine the ground beef with the chopped onion, garlic, seasonings, and red pepper flakes until just combined. (Don't be afraid to get in there with your bare hands if necessary.)

I set the beef mixture aside and whisk together the egg and tomato sauce before adding that to the mixture. This ensures the egg is mixed in well and so you won't find any scrambled eggs in your burger.

Finally, I add the breadcrumbs and combine it again. Then I divide into four patties, which I then grill or cook in a skillet for about 7 minutes per side.

Best Italian Burger Toppings

  • These Italian beef burgers would go great with roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese, and pesto!
  • They would also be amazing with a few slices of crispy pepperoni, pepperoncinis, and some Tabasco.
  • I would also totally eat these burgers with a big slice of Buffalo Mozzarella, a thick slice of tomato, and a few fresh basil leaves. Mmmmm can you just taste it?
  • Top with even more marinara and some shredded Parm or provolone cheese. Sliced black olives would be an amazing-tasting bonus!
  • Grill up some mushrooms to add to the top of these burgers with your favorite Italian cheese, and a sprinkling of fresh oregano.
  • A thick red onion slice, giardiniera spread, and smoked mozzarella would be just the best don't you think?

No matter how you cook them up, Italian burgers will be a recipe you come back to quite often, I'm certain!

Sides Dishes for Italian Burgers

There are so many different directions you can take these delicious burgers. Since they are being cooked on the grill, I often will just throw some extra veggies on there as well for a quick side dish. But since it is a burger, I also love dishing up some fries on the side. Last but not least, these burgers go great with a nice green salad packed with all your favorite veggies. Here are some favorite sides to try.

Italian beef burgers on sesame buns on a plate with lettuce, tomatoes, and garlic.

Can I make these burgers with ground chicken or turkey?

Absolutely! These burgers will turn out great with lean ground turkey, ground chicken, or even turkey sausage. Using the sausage really kicks up the flavor without adding lots of calories or fat. To keep things healthier, use a combination of 99% lean ground turkey and turkey sausage.

How do freeze burgers?

There are a few tricks to freezing homemade burgers so that you can pull them out of the freezer for a quick and easy meal. 

  • Start by making sure the burgers are the same size and thickness. That way they will cook in the same amount of time. 
  • Once the raw patties are made, place them on a baking sheet or tray. Place them in the freezer for at least 12 hours until they are frozen solid.
  • At this point, you can take the patties and place them in a bag or tupperware together. Place a small piece of parchment between each burger so they don't stick. You can also wrap them individually in plastic wrap.
  • When ready to cook, preheat a skillet or grill. Cook the frozen patty for about 6 minutes until the burgers start to pool in the center of the burger. Flip and cook for 3-4 minutes for a medium burger. Cook 6-7 minutes for well done.
The Recipe
Italian beef burgers on a sesame seed bun with lettuce and tomato.

Italian Beef Burgers

242 CAL 9g CARBS 11g FAT 27g PROTEIN
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  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp olive oil

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In a bowl combine the beef, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, and basil until just combined.


Whisk together the egg with the tomato sauce and add to meat mixture. Mix until just combined.


Add the breadcrumbs and mix together until everything just comes together.


Divide into patties.


Grill or heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium. Cook for about 7 minutes per side or until cooked through completely

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 patty
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242
Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 118mg
Sodium 561mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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April 29, 2024 - 14:02
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Delicious! Subbed in garlic powder and onion powder.
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August 7, 2019 - 04:09
I was thinking that this sounds like a good recipe for meatloaf too!
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