Fresh Italian burger

9

PREP TIME

20 min

TOTAL TIME

40 min

Makes

4 Servings

Fresh Italian burger

Roberto Caruso


Ingredients

  • 4 slices pancetta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions , thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 500 g medium ground beef
  • 1 cup packed arugula
  • 150-g pkg soft cheese spread , preferably black pepper Boursin
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup lemon-pepper aioli
  • 4 Italian buns , cut in half horizontally

Instructions

  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Cook pancetta until crispy, 2 to 3 min. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400F. Spread tomatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil. Roast in centre of oven for 15 to 18 min, stirring halfway through. Let cool.
  • Return pan to stovetop, then add onions. Sprinkle sugar and 1/8 tsp salt over onions. Season with pepper. Cook until onions are golden, 10 to 12 min. Set aside.
  • Preheat barbecue to medium. Whisk egg with Dijon, Worcestershire and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Add beef. Gently mix. Shape into 4 burgers, each about 1/2 in. thick. Press a shallow depression in centre of each to help keep their shape while cooking.
  • Oil grill and barbecue burgers, lid closed, until cooked through, 5 to 7 min per side. Stack caramelized onions, arugula, beef patty, black pepper cheese, pancetta, roasted tomatoes, basil and Lemon-Pepper Aioli between buns.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 980,
  • Protein
  • 41 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68 g,
  • Fat
  • 62 g,
  • Fibre
  • 6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1582 mg.

Condiments:

Lemon-pepper aioli

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Stir mayonnaise with garlic, lemon zest and juice, and pepper in a small bowl until smooth.

Makes 1/2 cup | Per tbsp 99 calories, 1 g carbs, 11 g fat, 78 mg sodium.