Juicy Italian Burger

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Juicy Italian Burger


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 3/4 lb (350 g) lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb (350 g) lean ground pork
  • 2 oz (60 g) Mastro® Pancetta, sliced
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 brioche buns, split
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) prepared pesto
  • 1 cup (250 mL) baby arugula
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grates well. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper; crumble in beef and pork. Mix gently until well combined. Add pancetta, mixing to distribute evenly. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick.
  2. Grill, turning once, for 15 to 18 minutes or until well marked and cooked through. Top each burger with mozzarella and remove from heat. Toast buns during last 2 minutes of grilling time.
  3. Stir mayonnaise with pesto; spread over bottom half of each bun. Top with arugula, tomato and burgers. Cap with top half of buns. Serve immediately.
  4. Tip: Substitute prepared tapenade, roasted garlic mayo or creamy Parmesan and artichoke dip for the pesto mayo if desired.

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