No Ordinary Burger Contest – Mama Mia!

Summer is prime grilling season and this year Johnsonville has introduced a new product that gives ordinary burgers a bit of competition! Right now, in stores, you can get Johnsonville’s Mild Italian Sausage or Bratwurst Patties. They are an extraordinary twist to the typical dinner cook-out!

Get your creative juices flowing and build your best burger using Johnsonville Brat or Italian Sausage Patties, and you could win a year’s worth of groceries from WalMart in the “No Ordinary Burger Contest!”

Now through September 6, log on to the contest page and submit your recipe and vote for your favorite pork burger. Two grand prize winners will be awarded one year’s worth of groceries and their winning recipes featured on Johnsonville Brat and Italian Sausage Patty boxes!

My recipe is inspired by one of our family’s favorite dinner meals, Spaghetti with homemade sauce & Italian sausage links. And whenever I make this dinner, I serve it with homemade french bread. When I saw that there was an Italian Sausage patty, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

As far as toppings go, you can use your favorite tomato sauce, whether it be homemade or from a jar because it’s not the toppings that take primary place in this recipe, it’s the bun. Using my favorite bread recipe, I modified it to make buns instead of loaves.

Don’t those look gorgeous? They are soft and chewy with just the right amount of crispness on the top. They are not overly flavorful (but don’t get me wrong, they do taste good!) so they don’t compete with what you put between them. Instead they compliment the flavors and provide a gourmet aspect to your meal.

That Italian sausage patty is topped with mozzarella cheese and my homemade spaghetti sauce – Mama Mia!  If you bake the bread in the morning and grill your patties outside, this is a dinner that will not heat up your house in the hottest part of the day! Which is good news for most of the United States right now!

How would you top a burger like this? If you’ve tried them, what were your inspired toppings?

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