Because my husband, John, cannot go more than three hours athome without ham, salami or bacon, I have lots of bits of meat onhand at all times. This burger uses up those extra scraps!
Makes: 4 servings
- 2 ripe plum tomatoes sliced 1/2 inch thick
- Sprinkle of oregano
- Salt and pepper
- EVOO, for drizzling
- 1/4 pound pancetta, speck or bacon, finely diced
- 1 pound ground beef sirloin
- 2 large cloves garlic minced or grated
- A handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- About 1/8 pound spicy salami pieces, soppressata bits or hot ham ends, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 pound ham, prosciutto or prosciutto cotto ends
- 4 thick deli slices provolone cheese
- 4 crusty rolls, split
- A handful arugula leaves
- A handful basil leaves, torn
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees . Arrange the tomatoes on a cooling rack over a baking sheet and season with oregano, salt and pepper. Drizzle with EVOO and roast for about 40 minutes to tart them up.
- In a medium skillet, brown the pancetta (or speck or bacon) in a bit of EVOO and let cool. Place the beef and pancetta in a bowl, then add the garlic, parsley, a little salt and lots of pepper. Grind the salami and ham in the food processor into fine bits; add to the meat.
- Form the meats into 4 patties, thinner at the center than at the edges for even cooking. Drizzle the meat with EVOO and cook in a hot cast-iron skillet or a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 8 minutes for medium, flipping occasionally. Top with the cheese and melt. Serve on the rolls, topped with the oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula, basil, red onion and a drizzle of EVOO.