It was Labor Day and I had no clue what to make for lunch so I went to my favorite chef's (Giada De Laurentiis) site and made one of her delicious Italian recipe's.
She originally used Lamb but I made it with turkey since that's what I had at home. These burgers are perfect for lunch or dinner. I paired them with home made french fries that I cut and fried in some vegetable oil.
I had fun making these burgers but boy did I love eating them. They were soooo delicious. Enjoy!!!
1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground lamb (I used turkey)
6 large slices prosciutto, sliced medium-thin (for wrapping the burgers)
1/4 cup olive oil
Fresh basil leaves, for topping each burger
Fresh tomato slices, for topping each burger
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
In a large bowl combine the bread crumbs, parsley, egg, milk, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, and pepper, Stir to combine.
Add the lamb and stir until incorporated.
Divide the mixture into 6 (1-inch) thick burgers.
Place the slices of prosciutto on a cutting board or piece of parchment paper.
Place 1 lamb burger in the center of each slice of prosciutto and wrap the prosciutto around the burger.
Place a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.
Add the olive oil and heat for 2 minutes.
Place the lamb burgers, prosciutto-covered side down in the pan and cook over medium heat until the prosciutto is golden, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Turn the burgers and finish cooking, about 6 to 8 minutes more.
Remove the burgers from the pan and place on a serving platter or individual plates.
I baked the burgers on 350 degrees for about 30 minutes instead of cooking them on the skillet. This also gave me time to make the french fries.
Top each burger with 2 to 3 basil leaves, 1 to 2 slices of tomato, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I placed my burgers on top of a french loaf that I cut in half.