Gourmet Pizza Burger

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1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 egg
6 teaspoons Contadina Pizza Sauce
12 arugula leaves
6 teaspoons Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
Garlic Butter Spread:
1/4 cup softened butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh minced parsley
Vegetable spray, for spraying the grill rack
6 kaiser rolls, sliced
6 leaves of romaine lettuce
6 teaspoons Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto



In a large bowl combine the ground sirloin, mild Italian sausage, 2 cloves garlic, bread crumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano and egg. Divide the mixture into 12 balls of equal weight, about 3 ounces each. Using a hamburger press make the balls into patties. Put 2 arugula leaves in the center of 6 patties. Add 1 tsp. each of pizza and pesto sauce over the arugula, keeping the sauce in the center. Do not put sauce on the edge of the patty because it will make it hard to seal the two patties together. Divide the 8 ounces of mozzarella into 12 equal pieces. Put 1 piece of cheese over the top of the sauces and reserve the other 6 pieces for the top of the burger. Take the other 6 patties and lay them over the top of the patties with the filling. Press the edges of the patties together so the filling will not leak out. Cover the pizza burgers with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the Garlic Butter Spread, mix the softened butter, 1 garlic clove minced and the fresh minced parsley. Place the burgers on the grill cooking about 4-5 minutes on each side. When the burgers are about done move them to the middle of the grill and put the remaining 6 slices of cheese on them. Over the cheese put an additional 1 teaspoon of pesto sauce. Around the outside edge of the grill put your rolls on, sliced side down to toast about 2-3 minutes. Take the burgers and the rolls off of the grill at the same time. Allow the burgers to rest at least 5 minutes. While the burgers are resting spread the garlic butter on the rolls. Tear the romaine lettuce into pieces big enough to cover the burger. Place your burger between the two kaiser rolls with a little romaine lettuce.