Italian Burgers with Spinach, Svizzere e Spinaci

A Svizzera is a pan-cooked Milanese hamburger, and while they are generally served with a sauce of one kind or another, there are other variations as well. Here the ground beef is combined with ground ham and finely chopped spinach. In addition to pan-frying them per the recipe, you could grill them.

  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef, not too lean
  • 1/2 pound (225 g) boiled spinach, squeezed dry (frozen spinach, thawed and blanched, will work perfectly)
  • 1/4 pound (110 g) sliced cooked ham
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Put the ground beef in a bowl.

Blend the spinach and the ham until they are quite finely and uniformly chopped

Combine the beef, spinach, ham, and beaten eggs. Mix well, seasoning the mixture with a pinch of salt.

Divide the mixture into four patties, and flatten them to about 3/4 inch in thickness (2 cm).

Heat the olive oil in a skillet large enough for the patties to lie flat and cook them, flipping them once or twice, until done. As an alternative, you could cook them over the coals.

Serve with a tossed salad and a bright fruit wine, along the lines of a Bardolino or a Dolcetto.

More about Svizzere, Italian hamburgers, and other recipes.

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Categories: Beef & Veal Steaks, Braciole, and More, Cucina Lombarda, Recipes from Lombardia

Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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