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Playing Saltimbocca Burgers


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 ounces gorgonzola dolce
  • 2 pounds ground veal or chicken
  • 12 sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pasted or grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 slices prosciutto di Parma, folded in half across
  • 4 ciabatta or other crusty rolls, split
  • Farm spinach, optional


Serves: 4


Combine butter and cheese in dish, and reserve.

Combine meat, sage, garlic and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Form four patties and drizzle with oil. Cook on griddle pan or in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally.Remove to plate. Add ham to skillet and crisp on both sides, about 2 minutes, turning occasionally.

While burgers cook, char rolls under a broiler then slather with gorgonzola butter while hot.

Serve burgers on rolls topped with crispy ham. If using spinach, wilt up a bit and stack onrolls under patties.