Monthly Burger Series: Mozzarella-Stuffed Italian Burgers
Did you know that September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day? After all, why wouldn’t we pay homage to one of America’s most beloved food groups? There’s nothing not to love about a delectable burger topped with ooey gooey cheese and all the toppings your bun can hold.
And what better time of year to celebrate than just after Labor Day, to lessen the blow of summer’s last few days (and prove than you can enjoy a delicious burger any time of year)?
But before you go thinking that all cheeseburgers are the same, consider all the different ways to cook a burger (grilling, pan-frying, baking…), all the different types of cheese (American, cheddar, pepper jack, swiss…), and the wide variety of topping options (bacon, fried egg, secret sauce…) With all that in mind, the possibilities are endless!
Scroll down for our featured burger of the month, Mozzarella-Stuffed Italian Burgers! Then check out a list of some of our favorite burger variations at the bottom of this post.
Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Burgers
If you’ve ever heard of a “Juicy Lucy” before, you’ll know that it’s a double-layered burger patty stuffed with cheese that oozes out when you bite into it. The Juicy Lucy burger originated in the mid-west (Minneapolis, to be exact) but it’s cult classic for burger lovers everywhere.
Our featured burger for September is a fun twist on a classic Juicy Lucy, with a substitution of gooey mozzarella cheese for the typical American, and some Italian-inspired add-ons like garlic, parmesan, parsley, and marinara sauce. Find more details on each of the ingredients below.
- 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1/4 White Onion, finely diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
- 2 Thick Slices Mozzarella Cheese
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls
- 1 Cup Prepared Marinara Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Arugula, to garnish
In a medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until combined, being careful not to over-mix.
Form beef mixture into four equal sized patties.
Place a thick slice of mozzarella in the middle of one patty, then cover with a second patty. Tightly squeeze the edges around the cheese to seal the patty. Repeat with the remaining patties and cheese. You should have two (1/2 lb.) cheese-stuffed patties.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 2-3 tbsp. olive oil. Add patties and brown on each side, turning once after about 4 minutes.
When both sides are browned, add marinara sauce to pan and cover, simmering for another 5-7 minutes, flipping burgers halfway through and re-coating with sauce.
Serving the stuffed burgers on Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls, atop a bed of arugula, with more grated parmesan and parsley to garnish.
About This Recipe
When choosing cheese for a cheeseburger—especially a stuffed one—you want something that melts fairly easily and perfectly blankets the patty. One of the reasons American cheese is the go-to standard for burgers is this “meltability” factor. But let’s not forget about other equally soft cheeses, like swiss, muenster, Monterey jack, and mozzarella!
Mozzarella was the perfect option for these Italian Burgers because of its ooey gooey consistency and ability to turn into a delicious molten center for our stuffed cheeseburger patties. Plus—it’s Italian, of course!
Tip: for more cheese options, check out the list of creative cheeseburgers below.
To make a cheese-filled burger: start with two equally sized patties, add your cheese to the center of one, top with the other, and pinch the sides to seal the patty. (Note: Our featured recipe makes two ½-lb. burgers; for a smaller burger, be sure to adjust the cheese accordingly so it doesn’t overflow.)
Before filling our burger with the cheese, we seasoned the ground beef with diced onion, garlic, grated parmesan cheese, and chopped flat leaf parsley for that Italian flavor flair!
After first searing the stuffed patties in some olive oil, we simmered them the remainder of the time in marinara sauce to infuse the burgers with the classic combo of flavors reminiscent of meatball parmigiana.
We then finished off the sauce-coated burgers with extra parm and parsley, and set them atop a bed of fresh arugula—the iconic red, white, and green of the Italian flag!—on Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls.
Make them for yourself and let us know what you think!
More Cheeseburger Recipes
Southern Stacked Burger
Want to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day across an entire week?! Try these inspired cheeseburger variations next!
- Southern Stacked Burger – A Southern US-inspired double stacked burger topped with queso dip and fried green tomatoes!
- Grilled Cheese Burger – A mashup of two favorites: the classic grilled cheese + the all-American burger.
- Brunch Burger – Breakfast lovers’ burger with harvarti cheese, a fried egg, bacon, and maple-dijon aioli!
- Big Marty Burger – Based on the popular fast food style—a double decker burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and “secret sauce.”
- Brie Stuffed Burger – Another stuffed burger option—with brie!—topped with peach-corn salsa & sweet chili mayo.
- Bacon Jam Burger – Perfectly melty gruyere cheeseburger topped with sweet & smoky bacon jam.
- Jucy Lucy Cheeseburger – Last but not least, the classic… a double patty filled with the molten American cheese.
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