FOOD

Fried Mozzarella Bun Burger

Drop the bread and make your burger extra cheesy by sticking it between two gooey slabs of fried mozzarella buns.

FOOD

Fried Mozzarella Bun Burger

Drop the bread and make your burger extra cheesy by sticking it between two gooey slabs of fried mozzarella buns.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder, divided
  • 3 teaspoons oregano, divided
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 4 mozzarella slices, 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil, to garnish

Steps

  1. Prepare 3 small bowls for a dredging station. In one bowl, add panko, in the second bowl, add the eggs and in the third bowl add the flour. Add a little water to the bowl with the eggs, and whisk to combine.
  2. Season all 3 bowls with salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano and garlic powder.
  3. Heat the canola oil in a shallow pan over medium-high heat. Dip the mozzarella slices into the flour, then into the egg wash and then into the panko. Fry 2 at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt while still hot.
  4. Divide the ground beef into 2 patties. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat, and cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Assemble your burger! Start with one slice of mozzarella, then add a burger patty, marinara sauce, fresh basil and finish with another fried mozzarella slice.