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Burgers à la Pizzaiola

This pizza burger will take your next cookout up a notch. I've taken the quintessential American burger and made an Italian version of it by adding ingredients you'd typically find on a pizza. And that's how this burger got its name: pizzaiola refers not only to a female pizza maker but also to the tomato and herb sauce used on pizzas.

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Burgers à la Pizzaiola


Main Course

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For the Burgers:

  • 3 garlic cloves (smashed and peeled)
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil (drained)
  • 1/3 packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups about 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • For the Spread:

  • 1 cup 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ½-inch-thick slices rustic sourdough bread or 6 (4-inch) squares focaccia bread, sliced in half horizontally


    For the burgers:

    1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat or heat a gas or charcoal grill.
    2. In a food processor, pulse together the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil leaves, Parmesan, ¾ cup of the mozzarella, the tomato paste, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper until blended. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the beef, and using a wooden spoon or clean hands, mix until combined. Form the mixture into 6 patties, each about ½ inch thick.
    3. Grill the burgers for 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and add the remaining 1 ¼ cups mozzarella to the tops of the burgers, about 3 tablespoons each. Continue to cook for another 4 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

    For the spread:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, basil, salt, and pepper until smooth.
    2. Brush the bread with the olive oil and grill until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Spread one side of each bread slice with the mascarpone spread. Place the burgers on 6 slices of the grilled bread and top with the remaining bread slices, mascarpone side down.



    per serving
    Amount/Serving % Daily Value
    477 grams
    107 grams
    368 grams
    Saturated Fat
    197 grams
    146 milligrams
    4535 milligrams
    32 grams
    281 grams
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