Spaghetti Burgers

Total Time:
45 min
25 min
20 min

4 servings

  • For the fries:
  • Vegetable oil, for frying and brushing
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • For the burgers:
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, plus 2 tablespoons thinly sliced, for topping
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, plus 1 cup warmed for dipping
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Make the fries: Brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Heat 2 to 3 inches vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365 degrees F. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the package directs, then drain. Spread in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and let cool.

  • Cut the cooked spaghetti into short pieces and fry in batches, turning once, until golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with the parmesan and salt.

  • Make the burgers: Preheat the broiler. Pulse the onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup basil and the parsley in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and add the ground beef, 1/2 cup each parmesan and tomato sauce, the oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Mix with your hands until combined and form into four 1-inch-thick patties. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Broil the patties, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Top each patty with a slice of mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of the remaining tomato sauce. Return to the broiler until the cheese melts, about 30 seconds.

  • Place the buns split-side up on another baking sheet and toast under the broiler until just golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush the toasted sides lightly with the olive oil, rub with the remaining garlic clove and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Return to the broiler until the cheese melts, about 30 seconds.

  • Place each patty on a bun bottom and top with some sliced basil and a bun top. Serve with the spaghetti fries and warm tomato sauce for dipping.

  • Photograph by Charles Masters

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