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Open-Face Italian Hamburgers

Yield 4 servings.
A fun Italian twist on hamburgers might be exactly what your family needs to pep up dinner. Serve these flavorful patties open-faced on top of focaccia.


  • 1 pound ground round
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 small sweet red peppers
  • 1/4 cup fat-free Italian dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices purple onion
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 (5 1/2-inch) focaccia rounds (Italian flatbread), cut in half horizontally
  • 12 large spinach leaves
  • 8 large basil leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 307
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 9.4 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 29.5 g
  • carbohydrate 26.9 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 70 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 569 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well. Shape mixture into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties.

  2. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove and discard stems, seeds, and membranes.

  3. Combine Italian dressing and garlic. Brush pepper halves and onion slices with dressing mixture.

  4. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place on grill over medium-hot coals (350° to 400°). Place meat patties, pepper halves, and onion slices on rack; grill, covered, 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting occasionally with dressing mixture. Brush focaccia rounds lightly with dressing mixture. Place on grill rack; grill 2 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted.

  5. To serve, place focaccia rounds on serving plates; arrange 3 spinach leaves on each. Top each with a meat patty, onion slice, pepper half, and 2 basil leaves.

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