Italian Burgers

Note: This high-calorie recipe is especially for kids with cystic fibrosis (CF), who need to consume additional calories to help them meet their nutritional needs.

Prep time: 25 minutes


  • 6 oz. ground beef
  • 4 oz. sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 2 tbsp. onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
  • 4 4-oz. slices whole-milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 sourdough hamburger buns
  • 1/4 c. warm pizza sauce, store-bought or already prepared


  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Form two patties about 1 inch thick.
  4. Grill patties about 5 inches from coals, about 6 minutes per side, until cooked throughout.
  5. Top each burger with 2 slices of mozzarella about 30 seconds before removing burgers from the grill.
  6. Brush olive oil on the inside of each hamburger bun and lightly toast on grill until golden.
  7. Put 1/8 c. of warm pizza sauce in each hamburger bun. Then place the burger in the bun.

Serves: 2

Serving size: 1 burger patty

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
1219 calories
82 g protein
84 g fat
2330 mg sodium
1213 mg calcium

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Reviewed by: Allison Brinkley, RD, LD/N
Date reviewed: March 2009

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