Zesty Italian Burgers

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We Americans like our comfort food.

We are always trying to turn the unfamiliar into the familiar. You have to agree, this is better than the old tradition of shunning the unfamiliar altogether.

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American fusion food is a great example of this new-found fascination.


Dishes such as Mexican pizza and Asian-style hot dogs are just the beginning of our efforts to bring world flavors into the main stream. You can hardly go out-to-eat without seeing menus with ingredients from all over the globe. What an exciting time in culinary history!

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Italian food has made its way, full-force, into the heart of America.

Very few people here would ever think of it as an exotic style of cooking. Americans eat pizza, pasta, cured meats, and cheese in enormous amounts, probably only comparable to the eating habits of, let’s say…Italians!?

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So I thought it would be fun to take the comforting flavors of Italy and layer them, like a warm fuzzy blanket, over the only thing that might be even more comforting. A hamburger.

Introducing Zesty Italian Burgers. A combinations of all my favorite Italian flavors in one meaty sandwich!

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These Zesty Italian Burgers are piled with smoked mozzarella cheese, pesto, pancetta, grilled red onions, ripe tomato slices, arugula and tomato-butter on a ciabatta bun.

Zesty Italian Burgers are glorious dripping towers of international bliss. American style!

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53 comments on “Zesty Italian Burgers

  1. Mother Rimmyposted August 30, 2010 at 3:13 am Reply

    I hope you've entered this recipe into a burger contest. It's unique and looks fantastic. I bet you could win!

  2. Victoria K.posted August 30, 2010 at 3:48 am Reply

    OMG you are a burger goddess. I wouldn't change a thing!!

  3. Annaposted August 30, 2010 at 4:26 am Reply

    Oh boy! This burger looks so amazing, loooooooved the tomato butter idea.

  4. Maryposted August 30, 2010 at 4:56 am Reply

    I surrender. You are the hands down winner in the burger department. These sound other worldly. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Katerinaposted August 30, 2010 at 5:32 am Reply

    These burgers look absolutely fantastic. I love burgers and surely yours would be my recipe to go. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tanviposted August 30, 2010 at 6:09 am Reply

    What a burger!Absolutely delightful!
    Will try with minced chicken!…and that tomato butter rocks!

  7. The Cilantropistposted August 30, 2010 at 7:12 am Reply

    This sounds TOTALLY awesome. My mouth is watering, literally. And I dont think it would be wise for me to whip up one of these burgers this late at night. I suppose I will have to wait until next weekend for labor day. *sigh* It will be hard to wait that long… ;)

  8. Gitteposted August 30, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply

    Very interesting burger and I love the italian spin. Sounds delicious.

  9. Belinda @zomppaposted August 30, 2010 at 11:48 am Reply

    This is a perfect burger, complete with ciabatta. This is triple comfort.

  10. May Ling Wuposted August 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm Reply

    yum panchatta and a burger what can beat that!

  11. Carol Egbertposted August 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Great post!Tomato butter sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  12. Frankposted August 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Neat idea! I'm not much of a hamburger maven but this one looks like a must try!

  13. Eileenposted August 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Speaking of delivery… 12 noon is okay with me – lol… Burgers look great – I love home grilled burgers the best.

  14. Susiposted August 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm Reply

    What a unique and delicious looking burger! It's making my mouth water big time! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Vanessaposted August 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Wow that burger looks so delicious!!!

  16. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted August 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm Reply

    We love our comfort food and there's nothing like a juicy burger! And with pancetta – what's not to like ;)

  17. sweetlifeposted August 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Oh sommer what a perfect burger, first your perfect peach salad and now your fab burger, really great labor day ideas!! yum, love the pic of the bitten butger!!


  18. tasteofbeirutposted August 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Love your foray into Italian cuisine via American and burger food! Very clever and very tasty too.

  19. Julie M.posted August 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Sommer, this burger looks absolutely delicious! I love the addition of pancetta. Save one for me please!

  20. Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet }posted August 31, 2010 at 1:30 am Reply

    That burger is to die for!!! All of my favorite Italian ingredients. Yummy!!!

  21. Magic of Spiceposted August 31, 2010 at 1:36 am Reply

    I don't even eat meat, but love this…These flavors are fantastic :)

  22. citronetvanilleposted August 31, 2010 at 5:00 am Reply

    Oh how beautiful this burger is. Even though I don't eat burgers, this one is really tempting and mouthwatering!

  23. 5 Star Foodieposted August 31, 2010 at 5:39 am Reply

    An excellent burger, I love the combo of pancetta and mozarella and pesto here!

    Rating: 5
  24. Angie's Recipesposted August 31, 2010 at 11:17 am Reply

    They look excellent! A perfect combination of flavours. Who said "burgers" are the junk food?

  25. Marisaposted August 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Italian Burger…I'm sold! Love the pancetta, tomato butter, and pesto. Put it all on ciabatta and that's pretty much heaven. I think this would also be good with some other meats mixed in the burger like pork and veal.

  26. Kristenposted August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm Reply

    I'd like to be nearby when you make these just to smell the aroma of those amazing burgers grilling. Yum!!

    I have a question about the examiner gig you have going. How often do you have to post?

  27. Sandy a la Modeposted August 31, 2010 at 5:47 pm Reply

    my do these look delicious!! must try it out sometime!!

  28. Joudie's Mood Foodposted August 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm Reply

    You had me at smoked mozzarella. YUMMY YUMMY IN MY TUMMY! This looks so good to me. I am going to make it. My husband has been challenging me to make him the ultimate burger and i think i found it!

  29. Stellaposted August 31, 2010 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Good idea, Sommer! I love fusion food-there is no shame in it, girl (smile). Plus, this looks really wonderful. Oh, how I do miss burgers…Oh;)

  30. Julianaposted September 1, 2010 at 12:49 am Reply

    Wow, this burger is absolutely mouthwatering…

  31. Emilyposted September 1, 2010 at 1:14 am Reply

    This burger looks delicious. Great pictures, too. And you're right, we Americans really can't resist good comfort foods!

  32. The Mom Chefposted September 1, 2010 at 1:44 am Reply

    Glorious. Delicious and glorious. Of course, if you could please make mine with a bit more pink in the middle? Medium rare is perfect. Wow, that looks so good.

  33. Baking Barristerposted September 1, 2010 at 3:41 am Reply

    You know I like pesto on burgers, but I definitely think adding pork into the mix is a brilliant idea. This is one of the better versions of fusion food–some of it is SO weird!

  34. Sophieposted September 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Waw!! I love everything in & round & on top of that burger!! It all looks so tasty & mighty pretty too!

    MMMMMMMMMM,..fantastic real flavours in here & I also love the fact that you made your own pesto!


  35. Pacheco Pattyposted September 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Perfect Italian style burgers, very creative, I think you nailed all the flavors and they look grilled to perfection:)

  36. Barbaraposted September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Now THAT looks heavenly! I love those Italian ingredients.

  37. Chocolate Frecklesposted September 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm BURGER!

  38. Foodessaposted September 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Sommer…you certainly know how to dress up a great looking and tasty burger ;o)

    Your photo captures are splendid!

    Ciao for now,

  39. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted September 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm Reply

    I'm so glad hamburgers are your comfort food! And yay for ciabatta! It's way better than using hamburger buns which are kinda boring and don't hold up to a hearty burger :)

  40. Kateposted September 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Love it!!! I've been craving a good burger and this one takes the cake. Something's going off the menu for next week and this is going on. If Connie wasn't playing bridge tonight and if I didn't have a meeting that starts in a few minutes and will last for about two hours I'd be heading to the grocery to get the ingredients right now :-) Kate @kateiscooking

  41. momgatewayposted September 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm Reply

    glad I found your picture perfect blog!

  42. Claudiaposted September 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm Reply

    This is one scrumptious Italiano burger! You went all out – just as the Italians do. I think there's at least three courses packed in that burger.

  43. Hyosun Roposted September 2, 2010 at 3:42 am Reply

    Very creative and original! I really want to make this. Thanks for sharing it.

  44. Rickposted September 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm Reply

    It is so true about the familiar and unfamiliar!

  45. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted September 2, 2010 at 10:01 am Reply

    Best burger I've seen so far – honestly! Smoked mozzarella, pancetta, anchovy paste, arugula, red onion, pesto and SQUARE BUNS!!!


    Rating: 5
  46. Nirmalaposted September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Wow! This looks so great. I want to take a bite.

  47. Shirleyposted September 3, 2010 at 4:28 am Reply

    Amazing the bun will contain so much. I'm lovin the idea of tomato butter.

  48. Loriposted September 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm Reply

    What a fabuolous idea. You are so right. Italian food is so big.

  49. Reeniposted September 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm Reply

    How insanely delicious! This would be a huge hit in my house. Everything we love – on a burger!

  50. Chef Dennisposted September 5, 2010 at 11:35 am Reply

    Now that is one great burger! The pancetta must have added some wonderful flavors, and your tomato anchovy on that beautiful bread sounds so good, you could have probably just eaten the bread by itself!
    thanks for coming up with this masterpiece!

  51. Emily @ Life on Foodposted August 9, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

    The pesto alone makes these burgers tasty but then you go and add so many other flavors. Delish!

    Rating: 5
  52. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredientposted August 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm Reply

    This reminds me of a burger I had recently with some prosciutto and italian sausage ground and blended in the patty. So good! Love your recipe, flavors are so strong!

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