Italian CheeseBurger with Sun Dried Tomato, Arugula, and Basil Pesto Aioli

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A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy

A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer!

Happy Hump Day!

How has your week gone so far?

If it’s been just “okay” you’re in luck, its about to get alot better!

Today I am sharing a few of my burger grilling tips as well as this incredibly juicy Italian Cheeseburger on a soft Ciabatta Bun!

A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy

As a side note, these pictures do not at all due this burger justice! I wish you could taste it through the screen or maybe have scratch and sniff pictures so you could fully understand how seriously scrumptious it is!

Ok, so lets get into the meat of it (pun intended), shall we?

Over the many years I have been making burgers I’ve learned a few tricks to making the BEST burger…

  1. Do not over work the meat. When you are forming the patties don’t keep smushing the meat down so you have the “perfect patty”. Roll it around in your hand so that it starts to stick together, flatten it to form the patty, and LEAVE IT ALONE! The more you work the meat the more you lose flavor.A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy
  2. Push the center of the patty down. When beef burger patties start to cook on the grill they shrink a little bit and puff up in the center. As a way to counteract that puffy center, use your thumb and press down in the center of the raw burger patty so you form a little “bowl”. I would say press it down 1/4″ so that when it cooks your burger will be nice and even.
  3. Once the burger is on the grill do not push the patty down with the back of your spatula. People when you push the burger down on the grill you push all the juices out! Do not touch that burger once its on the grill. The grill will do all the magic for you, you just need to let it! Please, for the love of burgers resist the temptations to push the burger down.
  4. Only flip the burger once. Thats right, just once. You put the burger on the grill, don’t touch it, let it cook for 4-5 minutes, flip it ONCE, let it cook 4-5 minutes on the other side and remove it from the grill. Easy peasy!

If you follow all those handy tricks you will for sure have a juicy burger as your finished product. I promise!

A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy

For this Italian Cheeseburger I was really trying to go for something that will have lots of unique flavors when you bite into it. I definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. When my husband took his first bite, he just looked at me and said “babe… WOW {eye rolling included} this is really good!”

If you asked me what my favorite part of this burger was I probably couldn’t tell you, all the flavors go so well together its hard to pick out just one element. The soft ciabatta bun was the perfect base for this Italian Cheeseburger. From there things could only go up and get better … and they did. I topped the burger with creamy smoked gouda cheese, fresh spicy arugula, salty prosciutto, sweet sun dried tomatoes (make sure to get the ones stored in oil so they are moist and soft), and then finished with fresh homemade basil pesto aioli! Ya’ll… this burger is phenomenal and I soooo sooo soooooo hope you try it! You will be amazed.

This is hands down a recipe for your meal rotation during the summer and it only takes 15 minutes to make!!! Win!

Be sure to stay tuned for Friday’s Burger Recipe.. I saved the best for last!

A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy

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Italian CheeseBurger with Sun Dried Tomato, Arugula, and Basil Pesto Aioli

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 burgers
  • Category: Burger, Beef, Grilling

Ingredients

  • 2lbs. of ground beef
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 ciabatta rolls (bun size)
  • 6 slices of smoked gouda cheese
  • 12-18 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh arugula
  • 6 slices of prosciutto

Basil Pesto:

  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 3/4 cup of fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  2. In a food processor add garlic clove, blend until minced. Add mayo, fresh basil, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Blend until all combined. Set aside.
  3. Form ground beef into six 1/3 lb. patties, season each side with salt and pepper.
  4. Spray grill grates with PAM or rub with olive oil.
  5. Place patties on grill and grill each side for 4-5 minutes. (DO NOT PUSH THE BURGER DOWN)
  6. For the last minute of grilling, place one slice of smoked gouda on each burger. Cover the grill and finish cooking for last minute, until cheese in melted. Remove from grill and let sit.
  7. Place buns, inside down, on grill. Grill for one minute. Remove.
  8. Assemble burgers – bottom bun, basil pesto aioli, 1/4 cup of arugula, cheeseburger, 2-3 sun dried tomatoes, 1 slice of prosciutto, top bun.
  9. Serve!

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A juicy Italian Cheeseburger served on a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with smoked gouda cheese, spicy arugula, sun dried tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and basil pesto aioli! Done in 15 minutes this Burger is sure to be your new favorite this summer! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #grill #easy

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    1. Thank you so much Jocelyn, means alot coming from you girl! 🙂 And yes, you do NEED this in your kitchen … the fam will scarf it down in seconds!

  1. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Love all the burger tips, so helpful!
    These Italian cheeseburgers looks amazing!
    Pinned!

    1. hahah… we all have to do what it takes. Glad you found me Susie! And these burgers will seriously blow your mind! I might be making them again this weekend for memorial day.. well its between this one and the Southwestern Turkey Burgers. Can’t decide. 🙂

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