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1 pound ground chuck
1 pound Italian sausage, sweet or hot
1 ripe tomato, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 TBS minced parsley
2-3 tsp. fresh minced oregano and/or basil leaves
1/2 beaten egg
3-4 TBS minced fresh onion
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (approx.)
Salt and pepper to taste
Italian cheese
Focaccia bread
Pesto sauce
Fresh tomatoes & basil

Drain tomato and mash lightly by hand in a bowl and mix in herbs, garlic, egg, ground meats, onions and bread crumbs - adjusting crumbs and egg to keep the mixture from being too dry or moist. Shape by hand into 6-8 patties. Season lightly with salt and pepper and grill over medium coals to 160 degrees internal temperature, finishing second side with your favorite Italian cheese.

Split focaccia and toast on grill, remove and immediately brush with pesto sauce. Top with patty, more tomato and fresh basil leaves. Serve with a side of pasta in tomato sauce.

*Variation: Sauté 1/2 chopped onion in olive oil for 5-8 minutes, add a hearty splash of Marsala cooking wine, simmering and reducing until gone. Use these to replace raw onions.