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Monday, August 1, 2011

Burger all'Italiana

      Last year, McDonald introduced a new line of burgers in Italy appropriately named McItaly.  In the vegetarian version, they use an artichoke spread and Asiago cheese and in the beefy one, onions and smoked pancetta.  I would like to suggest McDonald my version of Burger all’Italiana. 

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Burgers cooking on a cast iron grill
Green, white and red (colors of the Italian flag)

Instead of a spread or sliced tomatoes, I use roasted peppers seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh parsley and minced garlic served on crusty bread baguette.

720 g / 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef (I prefer ground chuck)
1 bread baguette, cut in half
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the  barbecue.  No barbecue, preheat a seasoned, cast iron grill.
Lightly oil the barbecue grill or the cast iron grill and cook the burgers for about 8 to 10 minutes on each side.   Not sure if done, check the internal temperature of the meat with an instant-read thermometer. It is done when the temperature is 70°C / 160°F. 
Cut the baguette into 4 pieces.  Cut each piece in half horizontally.  Place the burger in the baguette and pile on the roasted peppers.


Not only it's delicious, it's healthy.


  1. Wonderful dish, better than mcDonald dish

  2. Thank you, Stefania

    We love a good burger, especially when accompanied with roasted peppers. Not any peppers though, I patiently wait for our garden peppers.