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  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • 8 slices smoked or regular mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 8 3/4-inch-thick slices Italian bread, toasted, or whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
Combine onion, bread crumbs, sweet pepper, catsup, horseradish, mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into eight 3/4-inch-thick patties.
Grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in side of patty registers 160 degrees F., turning once halfway through cooking. Top each burger with a slice of mozzarella during last 2 minutes of grilling. Remove from grill, sprinkle with basil.
Serve on toasted Italian bread slices or whole wheat buns. Makes 8 servings.


  • To transport to a picnic site, cover and chill raw meat patties for 1 hour. Transport in an insulated cooler with ice packs. Cook within 1 hour.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 396, Fat, total (g) 18, chol. (mg) 83, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 28, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 30, vit. C (mg) 21, sodium (mg) 695, calcium (mg) 151, iron (mg) 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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