Italian Style Burgers
make a great alternative to a standard beefburger
. The addition of a little Pecorino Romano to the burger mix and then the melted Provolone cheese on top really does make it feel like Tuscany on a sunny afternoon.
How to make Italian Style Burger:
Peel and finely chop ¼ red onion, finely chop the parsley leaves, grate the Pecorino and separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Halve the avocado then pit it, peel it and slice it. Thinly slice the tomato.
In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, chopped onion and parsley, grated Pecorino, and the egg yolk. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed then divide the mixture in four equal parts, Dust your hands with a little flour and shape your burgers.
Preheat the barbeque or the oven grill to a medium-high heat and grill the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare (4-5 minutes each side for medium-well). Add the provolone cheese slices on top of the burgers for the final minute of grilling so that they melt a little.
Place the burgers on a plate to rest for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly toast the burger buns. Serve the burgers on top of a bed of lettuce and tomato and add the avocado slices on top.
If you are using an instant read thermometer to gauge the cooking, it should read 73°C in the centre of the burger for medium.