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Mario Batali's Spicy Sausage Provolone Burgers

Spicy Sausage Provolone Burgers Mario Batali
Sausage Burgers with Basil Mustard and Cherry Pepper Relish
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
6
cost
$
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Spicy Sausage Provolone Burgers Recipe: These spicy sausage burgers offer a refreshing change from traditional beef burgers, especially when enriched by cherry pepper relish and basil mustard.
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ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds Spicy Italian Sausage (casing removed)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef (80/20 blend)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds (toasted and ground)
  • 6 slices Provolone Cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 Hamburger Size Potato Rolls
  • For the Basil Mustard:
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Basil Leaves (sliced)
  • For the Sweetened Cherry Pepper Relish:
  • 1 cup Pickled Cherry Peppers (finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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  • 1
     
    Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium high.
  • 2
    1 1/2 pounds Spicy Italian Sausage (casing removed)
    1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef (80/20 blend)
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
    1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds (toasted and ground)
    Salt to taste
    Working with your hands, mix the meats, ground fennel seeds and Worcestershire in a large bowl. Make sure not to over work the mixture. Wet your hands slightly and form 6 equal size burger patties. Season with some additional salt.
  • 3
    6 slices Provolone Cheese
    Place patties in the preheated skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side. Work in batches to avoid over crowding the pan. The burger should release from the pan and be golden before flipping. Once flipped cook for 2 to 3 minutes and then top with a slice of provolone cheese.
  • 4
     
    Once cooked and the cheese has melted, remove to a plate and tent with aluminum foil until ready to build the burger.
  • 5
    6 Hamburger Size Potato Rolls
    Toast the buns in the pan dripping from the burgers. Spread some Basil Mustard on the bun, add a burger patty and top with the Sweetened Cherry Pepper Relish.
  • 6
    1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
    2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    1/4 cup Basil Leaves (sliced)
    For the Basil Mustard: Stir the ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste. This can be made a few days in advance and stored in the fridge.
  • 7
    1 cup Pickled Cherry Peppers (finely chopped)
    3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
    1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    For the Sweetened Cherry Pepper Relish: Combine the ingredients in a bowl and season with a pinch of salt, making sure the peppers are coated in the maple syrup. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. This can be made a few days in advance and stored in the fridge.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Ask your butcher for a 80/20 blend of ground beef: 80% lean / 20% fat. This combination provides flavor without too much fat. 
    2. Toast spices to release their flavor, and then grind them yourself.
    3. Form the patty to your liking -- make the patties rounder or flatter depending on how you like your burger.
 
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