The Italian Burger Recipe

Get a more exotic burger. Get a more flavorful burger. For these things we need to look at the Italians. We need something surprising from Italian cuisine. Well here it is for you. A flavor bomb made with real Italian ingredients to form the most Italian dish there is. And now U can try this one. The Italian Burger Recipe. Enjoy!

Prep time

15 mins

Cook time

15 mins

Total time

30 mins



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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Today we are going to mix it up a bit. Our traditional italian burger will be made with italian sausage, grated parmesan cheese and finally, some marinara sauce. You can’t go a lot more Italian than that within a burger. 

What is the traditional italian burger

Well… There is no traditional Italian burger dish that is called a “burger.” However, it is possible to find variations of burgers in Italy. 

A very popular traditionally made Italian burger, also known as a “Polpetta,” is typically made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. These ingredients are mixed together and formed into patties, which are then grilled or fried. Some variations may also include eggs, milk, or other seasonings. 

Why add marinara sauce on top of a burger

Marinara sauce is considered a traditional Italian sauce because it is believed to have originated in Italy, specifically in the coastal regions of Southern Italy, where it was used as a simple sauce for seafood dishes. The name “marinara” comes from the Italian word “marinaro,” which means “mariner,” and is thought to refer to the sauce’s origins with the fishermen and sailors of the region. The sauce is made from simple, readily available ingredients such as tomatoes, garlic, onions, and various herbs and is a staple of Italian cuisine. It is now widely used as a pasta sauce and in many Italian-American dishes as well. Because this recipe is called the Italian burger we need to put the most Italian things on there.

Our traditional Italian beef burger recipe has the following ingredients:

The Italian Burger


  • 2/3 lb ground beef or 300 grams ground beef(80/20)
  • ⅓ lb italian sausage or 150 grams
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian-style bread crumbs or any bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • ½ copped and sautéed onion


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 buns Arugula or lettuce
  • ½ cup or 120 ml marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • 4 Provolone cheese slices


step 1

Chop the onion and put in a pan on medium heat with a little olive oil and let sauté until translucent. Put in a separate bowl after.

step 2

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and the Italian sausage together with all the other ingredients for the meat patties. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each into a patty.

step 3

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

step 4

Toast the buns and assemble the burgers with the, arugula or lettuce, the burger patty, the provolone cheese topped with the marinara or spaghetti sauce and then the top bun. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrient Amount Calories Protein (g) Fat (g) Carbohydrates (g) Sugar (g) Fiber (g)
Italian Burger 4 1360 92 96 76 4 8
Italian burger 1 340 23 24 19 1 2
Please note that this is just a sample caloric and nutritional table and the actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients and serving sizes used

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