Mini burgers make a fun, kid-friendly meal. Italian herbs, marinara and melty mozz give them the appeal of pizza. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2020

Joy Howard


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Mix beef, parsley, oregano, pepper and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Divide the meat into 8 equal portions and shape each into a 1-inch thick patty. Try to make all the patties the same thickness for even cooking, and shape them a little larger than the buns--they'll shrink as they cook.

  • Grill the patties, turning once halfway, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 130 degrees F, 2 to 4 minutes per side (for medium-rare when done; see Tip).

  • Spoon marinara onto each patty and top with mozzarella. Grill until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes more. Serve the patties with lettuce on rolls.


Tip: To ensure your burgers are done just right, insert the tip of an instant-read thermometer in the center of the burger. Doneness temps are 135 degrees F for medium-rare (about 3 minutes per side), 140 degrees F for medium, 150 degrees for medium-well and 160 degrees for well-done (the USDA recommendation). Here, the sliders cook with sauce and cheese for a couple more minutes, which will raise their temps about 5 degrees after you check in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

451 calories; 15.9 g total fat; 6.9 g saturated fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 618 mg sodium. 518 mg potassium; 39 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 38.2 g protein; 834 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 53 mcg folate; 258 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 85 mg magnesium;