Kyle’s Burgers

A Happy Fourth to all who celebrate the holiday! These aren’t exactly Italian, but all my Italian in-laws, even those who normally recoil from Svizzere, as hamburgers are known in Italy, ask for more:

  • 2 pounds (900 g) not-too-lean ground beef (too lean makes for a dry burger)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely minced parsley
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-herb mix (bought in the US)
  • 8 slices cheese — if you have it, hand-cut Fontina
  • A couple of large sprigs of rosemary

Combine all the ingredients except the cheese and the rosemary and mix well; divide the mixture into 8 patties, pressing them flat between your palms. Since they will contract and thicken as they cook, you’ll want them at the most 2/3 of an inch (1 1/2 cm) thick.

Grill the burgers over hot coals, seasoning them with a little salt after you flip them — exactly how long you cook them will depend upon your taste, though I prefer to cook ground beef medium (no blood) for safety’s sake.

At some point during the cooking lay the rosemary sprigs over the fire to add a smoky rosemary flavor to the meat, and when the burgers are just shy of being done lay the slices of cheese over them. Serve them on toasted buns, with a good dry Lambrusco.

More about Svizzere, Italian hamburgers, and other recipes.

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Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

Italy boasts an astonishing number of varietals, denominations, and wines, and tremendous changes are sweeping the land. New wines are being created, new DOCs are being introduced, and the existing denominations are overhauling their regulations both to reflect the practices adopted by their member wineries and to favor improvements in quality. Even the most staid and stolid region can flower seemingly overnight, emerging with exciting new wines and wineries that require rewriting the enological maps and rethinking one's positions. And, of course, recipes too, because cuisine and wine are closely intertwined and it's difficult to imagine one without the other.

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