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Mama Mia Burgers with Italian Tomato Relish

Italian food is one of my favorites, so in creating this recipe I worked toward getting a combination of flavors that would evoke memories of special meals in Italy.


2 lbs. ground chuck
1/3 lb. Italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh white onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 oz. sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup ripe olive slices
1/2 cup pimento olives
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1/2 cup red bell pepper, in pieces
1/3 cup Italian dressing
6 large white hamburger buns
6 butter or Boston lettuce leaves


Preheat gas grill to medium high.

Combine beef, sausage, garlic, onion and salt in large bowl. Handle as little as possible to avoid compaction. Divide in six portions and gently form patties to fit buns.

To make relish: Combine sun-dried tomatoes, olives, herbs and pepper pieces in food processor. Process until finely ground. Add Italian dressing. Blend well.

When grill is ready, brush the grill rack with oil. Place the burgers on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or to the desired degree of doneness. During the last few minutes place bun halves, cut side down, on grill to brown lightly.

Place a lettuce leaf and burger on each bun bottom. Top with relish and cover with bun tops. Secure with frilled toothpicks. Serve extra relish in side dish.


This burger and relish also taste great when served on ciabatta or are incorporated into a calzone.