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Italian Cheeseburger Melts

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Italian Cheeseburger Melts
  • Prep 30 min
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  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 4
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Italian dinner ready in 30 minutes! Serve your family these cheesy grilled sandwiches filled with beef burgers and veggies.
Updated Feb 8, 2011

Ingredients

Burgers

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Topping and Bread

  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons purchased Italian salad dressing
  • 4 slices Italian bread
  • 2 Italian plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 (1 1/2-oz.) slices mozzarella cheese, halved crosswise

Steps

  • 1
    GRILL DIRECTIONS: Heat grill. Cut 16x12-inch sheet of heavy-duty foil; spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine all burger ingredients; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties, 1/2 inch thick.
  • 2
    In another medium bowl, combine zucchini, mushrooms and salad dressing; toss to coat.
  • 3
    When ready to grill, place sprayed foil on grill. Spoon vegetables onto sprayed foil. Place patties next to foil on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 11 to 13 minutes or until vegetables are tender and burgers are thoroughly cooked, stirring vegetables and turning burgers once during cooking.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, toast or grill bread slices; place on individual serving plates.
  • 5
    Top each burger on grill with tomato slices and cheese. When cheese is melted, place each topped burger on bread slice. Top with vegetables.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To broil burgers and vegetables, place on broiler pan; broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using times above as a guide, turning burgers once and stirring vegetables occasionally. Top each burger with tomato and cheese, broil an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • tip 2
    Hamburger buns can be used in place of the Italian bread slices. Layer each burger with toppings inside one bun.
  • tip 3
    Double the burger recipe and shape and wrap the patties for the freezer. Then, you’ll have a start on two summer meals. The frozen burgers can be placed on the grill but will need additional cooking time to thoroughly cook them.
  • tip 4
    Pasta salad from the deli is a perfect accompaniment to these open-faced sandwiches. Melon wedges and lemonade complete the summer meal.

Nutrition Information

490 Calories, 28g Total Fat, 37g Protein, 23g Total Carbohydrate, 4g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
490
Calories from Fat
250
Total Fat
28g
43%
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
Cholesterol
145mg
48%
Sodium
670mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
4g
Protein
37g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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