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Italian Burgers

Total Time
30 mins

These burgers get a distinctive tang from giardiniera, an Italian mix of pickled vegetables. If you can’t find it at the store, chop up olives and pickles instead.

su-Italian Burgers

 4 slices red onion, about 1/4 in. thick
 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
 3/4 cup chopped giardiniera*
 1/3 cup mayonnaise
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
 1 1/2 pounds ground lean beef
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 4 ciabatta or focaccia buns, split
 4 slices provolone cheese
  About 2 cups lightly packed arugula
Step 1

Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Put onion in a small bowl and toss with vinegar and 1 tbsp. oil; set aside. Mix giardiniera with mayonnaise and oregano; set aside.

Step 2

Season beef with salt and pepper, mixing with your hands until just combined. Divide into 4 portions and form into patties. Using your thumb, press a dent into the center of each patty (it will even out as the burger cooks). Brush patties lightly on both sides with 1 tbsp. oil. Brush cut sides of buns with remaining 2 tbsp. oil.

Step 3

Drain onion and discard marinade. Grill onion and burgers until onion is softened and charred slightly, about 5 minutes, and until burgers are done the way you like, about 8 minutes for medium-rare. In the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, top burgers with cheese and lightly toast buns.

Step 4

Assemble burgers, topping them with onion, arugula, and a hefty dollop of mayonnaise mixture.

Step 5

*Find giardiniera in the pickle aisle of well-stocked grocery stores.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 718Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g77%

Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 130mg44%
Sodium 1449mg61%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%

Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
Protein 42g84%

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