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Spicy Italian Sausage Blended Burger

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"This crazy flavorful burger gets some good-for-you brownie points for including roasted mushrooms and sauteed kale, a tribute to the Blended Burger Project™. This initiative is part of a nationwide effort, spearheaded by the James Beard Foundation, to lighten up burgers without sacrificing juiciness or taste."
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1 h 6 m servings 599
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 burgers)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place mushrooms in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a roasting pan. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil on top and mix. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add kale; cook and stir until just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer kale to the food processor; pulse until finely chopped.
  6. Combine mushrooms, kale, Italian sausage, and harissa in a bowl; mix together by hand. Form into 4 patties, taking care not to pack them too firmly.
  7. Heat an oven-safe grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip.
  8. Transfer grill pan to the oven and continue cooking until second side is browned, about 8 minutes. Place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each patty and broil until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  9. Serve patties on toasted buns with marinara sauce.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 599 calories; 39.5 35.3 25.8 56 1856 Full nutrition

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