In Italy, we don’t eat burgers. When we think of burgers, we think of the constant fight that local politicians have to keep McDonalds out of our historical centers of the cities. However, since I moved to the States, I got to appreciate it just because it’s easy, and your kitchen stays clean! Here in California it’s just glorious because I have so many chances to stay outside in the garden, with my kids, barbecuing. I get pissed when I look at the American “patty.” I don’t understand. Where is the flavor in a chopped piece of meat that is so flat it looks like a coaster for a glass? My friends tell me that my hamburger is more like meatball, but the difference is I squish it and I grill it.
Prep Time: 15 min / Inactive Prep: 5 mins / Cook Time: 7min / Serves:4
Tuscan Burger Mix:
Preheat the barbeque to a medium-high heat.
For the burgers: In a large bowl, mix the beef, onion, parsley, Pecorino, and egg yolk and stir well until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Divide the mixture in 4 equal portions and shape your burgers.
Grill your burgers 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, cook longer for desired degree of doneness, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center of the burger reads 165 degrees F for medium.
Place the provolone cheese slices on top of the burgers the final minute of grilling.
Move the meat to a large platter to cool off slightly and rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly toast the burger buns.
Serve your burgers dressed with lettuce, avocado slices, and tomatoes