Who doesn’t love a good burger? They may be synonymous with all things American, but my Italian style burger is laced with the flavours I grew up with - fennel, chilli, garlic and oregano.


  • Burger Patties:

  • 500g ground beef

  • 500g ground pork

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp chilli flakes

  • 1 tsp ground fennel seed

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ tsp dried oregano

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 cup mozzarella, grated

  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped

  • Capsicum and Onion:

  • 2 ½ tbsp olive oil

  • 5 red capsicum, deseeded, cut into strips

  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced

  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 6 thin slices prosciutto

  • To assemble:

  • 6 burger buns, halved

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 180g  ricotta

  • 1 cup baby spinach or rocket leaves

  • 1 cup store bought tomato pasta sauce, warmed


  • 1.

    To make the burger patties, mix the ground meat with the salt, pepper, chilli, fennel, paprika, garlic, oregano and balsamic vinegar until well combined.  Form 6 patties around 2 - 3cm thick.

  • 2.

    Mix the mozzarella with the basil leaves.  Make an indentation in each patty and stuff some of the mozzarella mixture inside.  Seal to enclose.

  • 3.

    Heat a barbecue or frypan over medium -high heat. Add the capsicum and onion and cook, stirring every now and then for 20 minutes, or until very tender.  Add the red wine vinegar and salt and toss to combine. Set aside.

  • 4.

    Add a splash of olive oil to the pan/barbecue and cook the burger patties for 5 – 7 minutes per side, or until cooked through and cheese inside has melted.  You can check by piercing with a toothpick. If the cheese is melted it will stick to the toothpick.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile, cook the prosciutto for 2 minutes per side, or until crisp.  Set aside and when cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces. You can use kitchen scissors if you like.

  • 6.

    Spread a little butter over buns and cook, cut side down, onto your pan/barbecue and lightly toasted.

  • 7.

    To assemble, spread a little ricotta over the bottom half of each bun, top with a little spinach/rocket, then a burger patty.  Sprinkle some prosciutto over, a little tomato sauce and then some capsicum/onion mixture.  Top with the remaining bun halves and serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 1247kj
  • Fat Total 82g
  • Saturated Fat 32g
  • Protein 67g
  • Carbohydrate 56g
  • Sugar 16g
  • Sodium 1666mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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