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Not too long ago, I was completely intimidated by burgers. It mostly came from the fact that my husband makes the best burgers. It’s one of those times when it’s not even worth trying, because there is no way my burgers would match up to his. But Rachael Ray has changed my ways. She is the self-proclaimed queen of burgers, and I can see why. She has some amazing burger recipes. And the good thing about her burger recipes is that they are not just your regular burgers – they all have some sort of twist on them. That way, I can’t compare my burgers, or Rachael’s burgers, with my husband’s burgers!

I found myself with some hamburger buns, so I went searching through my stack of RR magazines, looking for her Burger of the Month recipes. I settled on this Lasagna Burger, thinking that the combination sounded heavenly.

And it was quite delicious!! At first, I was thinking – why hasn’t anyone done this before? But as my husband and I were eating that night, we both agreed that this tastes like a delicious meatball sub – but there is just one big meatball! And a delicious cheese sauce, which always helps!

The recipe is pretty straight forward, and I followed it almost exactly. I did end up with way more cheese sauce than we needed. These are very messy burgers, but another good part is licking off your fingers when you are finished!

Lasagna Burgers
from Every Day with Rachael Ray November 2009

serves 4

total time: 30 minutes

1 1/2 pound ground beef, pork and veal mix (I used only beef)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 14.5 ounce can Italian crushed tomatoes
1 handful basil leaves, shredded or torn
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
a few grates nutmeg
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese
4 hamburger or ciabatta rolls

In a large bowl, season the meat with plenty of salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties, thinner in the middle for more even cooking. Drizzle with EVOO.

In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes; add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more, then stir in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes; stir in the basil.

In large skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 7 to 8 minutes.

While the patties are cooking, in a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat; whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk. Season with salt, pepper and the nutmeg, then cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ricotta and parmigiano-reggiano.

Spoon some red sauce on the roll bottoms, then top with the patties. Dollop the cheese sauce on the patties and set the roll tops in place.

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20 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Lasagna Burgers

  1. cookies and cups says:

    Rachael Ray does the best burgers…she has these cacciatore (sp?) that I make all the time!
    I think I saw these in the magazine ~ probably still have in in MY big stack 😉

  2. Joanne says:

    Rach definitely has some amazing burger recipes…almost too many! I want to try them all.

    I love the sound of this meatball sub-ified lasagna burger. You definitely picked a good one to try!

  3. Brenda De Sousa says:

    I love Rachael's burgers! I've made quite a few and all have been a hit. I love the idea of a lasagna burger, that cheese sauce sounds heavenly!

  4. Laura says:

    I have never seen this RR burger recipe. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try these!

  5. vanillasugar says:

    ok these look really good. i don't know where you find the time for all these meals.

  6. Monet says:

    I am going to have to try and make a vegetarian adaptation of this. Rachel Ray always has such fun ideas.

  7. Evan B says:

    Delicious! I watched Rach as I went to sleep last night and woke up to her cooking again! Her burgers are quite good- and those fries on your plate also look delicious!


  8. Susi says:

    I adore a good burger and this one looks delicious! I will have to add it to make "try-out" list!

  9. Pam says:

    Your burger looks delicious! Rachael certainly has the recipes for them. Good job!

  10. Kim says:

    I came right over as soon as I read your post title. Lasagna Burgers sound incredible! I'm even drooling a bit. Definitely bookmarking this one.

  11. abbi says:

    looks great…will put on my to try list!

  12. Holly says:

    When I saw this title on my nblog list I just had to come and check it out!! It look absolutely delish-the cheese dripping down the side….MmmmYum!

  13. Simply Life says:

    what a great idea!

  14. grace says:

    if for nothing else, i'll always thank rachael ray for her creative and numerous burger ideas. 🙂

  15. Vivienne says:

    the title 'lasagna burgers' definitely piqued my interest 😉 ive never tried a RR recipe before (shes not that well known here) but it seems like she's very creative!

  16. Julie says:

    I was just thinking I would end up with these all over my shirt, but I'm pretty sure it would be worth it!

  17. Candi says:

    Looking good, I think I put that one on our meal plan for next month.

  18. Cara says:

    I'm also intimidated by burgers…and for some reason, I just don't love burgers as much as my husband (and most other people, it seems). But THESE sound great! And if they taste like meatball subs, then I know I'll love them. Bookmarking this recipe!

  19. eatme_delicious says:

    I don't even like burgers (nor do I eat meat) but I'm super intrigued by these burgers!! Love the sound of a lasagna burger.

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