Sausage and peppers burger

My family (well, me most of all but also my borther and my parents) loves sausage and peppers, which is the reason why every now and then we have a yummy sausage and peppers burger. Either used for a rich pasta or for a sandwich, these two ingredients are a must in my house. Even my friends and my girlfriend love them, so that’s why I decided to twist it a bit for a change and serve it burger style. It was a hit so I decided to enter it.  These burgers are juicy, flavorful, hearty and topped with a spicy homemade marinara sauce (even though you can top them with almost anything you like, from ketchup to mayonnase, but also spicy sauce or yogurt sauce). They’re fast to put together, easy for a weeknight or weekend – and so good, they’ll go on your endless rotation list. I used provolone cheese, a typical Italian cheese, but you can vary and use mozzarella or Asiago cheese or just cheddar cheese: as long as it melts, that’s fine! Sausage and peppers burger is such an inviting recipe, maybe not very indicated if you are on a diet but hey, you only live once!

INGREDIENTSsausage and peppers burger
1 pound lean ground beef
8 ounces hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 red onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow), cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
4 slices provolone cheese
4 sesame potato hamburger buns, split
4 large basil leaves, torn
Marinara sauce, for topping
Chips, for serving

DIRECTIONS
Tp prepare your sausage and peppers burger, combine the ground beef, sausage, garlic, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl; mix with your hands until just combined. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick patties; set aside. Preheat a grill pan or grill over medium heat. Toss the onion and bell peppers with the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a bowl. Grill the vegetables, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Brush the grill pan with olive oil. Add the burgers and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side, topping with the cheese and covering during the last 2 minutes. Serve the burgers on the buns and top with the onion-pepper mixture, basil and marinara sauce. Serve the delicious sausage and peppers burger with chips (and possibly a cold beer).

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