How about spaghetti and meatballs without the spaghetti? That is exactly what you will have with these burgers. You get all but the pasta! The buns are even toasted with garlic butter. Generous slices of mozzarella cheese, thick, seasoned sauce and hefty, juicy burgers….yummy!
To 2 pounds of hamburger mix in well:
Dried Oregano, 1 1/4 tsp
Dried Basil, 1 tsp
Minced Onion, 2 tsp
Garlic Powder, 1/4-1/2 tsp
Parsley Flakes, 1 tbsp
Form 6-8 patties. I did 6 patties this time around (see my blog post on Simple Backyard Burgers for tips on forming hamburger patties). Refrigerate until about 20 minutes to a half hour before grilling.
While waiting for the grill to be ready, you can start on the buns and slice the mozzarella (you can use shredded if you want, but slices work best and look better!). For the garlic butter buns, blend 1/4 tsp of garlic powder to 1/4 cup of softened butter. Softened butter is better than melted butter for this. The buns will be toasted directly over the cooling coals on the grill, so you don’t want the garlic butter to soak completely into the bun too soon.
When the grill is ready, put on the burgers! After about 8-10 minutes, flip the burgers and grill for another 3-5, until the bottoms are browned. Move them to the side, away from the coals and add about 2 tbsp of pizza sauce. I highly recommend using pizza sauce. It is thicker and will stay on the burger better than any other kind of sauce. I used a sauce that comes in a squeeze bottle for ease of operation.
Top with slices of mozzarella (see photo above). Cover the grill, leaving it on for about 5-7 minutes. That should be enough time to turn the slices of cheese into an ooey, gooey, stringy mess!
Place the buns, buttered side down, directly over the coals. The coals by now should be low to medium heat. Even so, you really need to watch-I burned the first couple of buns! A minute or so is about all that is needed, but be vigilant!
Once the buns are nicely toasted, remove, top with a burger and place the bun top over the burger. We had salads and fries with our burgers. If I had planned better, a Caprese Salad would have been a perfect side with these!
Enjoy! Until next time, Grill, Baby, Grill!