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Italian Burgers

Note: This high-calorie recipe is especially for kids with cystic fibrosis (CF), who need to consume additional calories to meet their nutritional needs.

Prep time: 25 minutes


  • 6 oz. ground beef, 70% lean
  • 4 oz. sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 2 tbsp. onion, chopped finely
  • ½ tsp. Italian herb seasoning
  • 4 1-oz. slices whole-milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • ¼ c. warm pizza sauce, store-bought or already prepared


  • grill (you'll need help from your adult assistant)
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • brush


  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Combine first four ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Form two patties about 1 inch thick.
  4. Grill patties about 5 inches from coals, about 6 minutes per side, until cooked throughout.
  5. Top each burger with two slices of mozzarella about 30 seconds before removing burgers from the grill.
  6. Brush olive oil on the inside of each hamburger bun and lightly toast on grill until golden.
  7. Put 1/8 c. of warm pizza sauce in each hamburger bun. Then place the burger in the bun.

Serves: 2

Serving size: 1 burger patty with bun

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
662 calories
32 g protein
47 g fat
790 mg sodium
403 mg calcium

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Reviewed by: Allison Brinkley, RD, CNSC, LD/N
Date reviewed: July 2012

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