Ground Short Rib and Italian Sausage Burgers PLUS Waffle Fry Nachos!

Short Rib And Italian Sausage Burger Recipe

In honor of today being National Cheeseburger Day, you get a recipe *twofer*! Today I'm sharing with you an amazing cheeseburger and some really fun Waffle Fry Nachos I made this past weekend for our family and friends who came over to help us chop down some dead trees from our backyard.

I ask you ~ What better to serve those hungry lumberjacks after their long, hard day's work?
Let's start with the burger, shall we?

Whenever I want to make a burger that has incredible flavor, I always grind my own meat by using the boneless beef short ribs I find at Costco. This time in order to take these short ribs burgers to a whole other level of flavor, I decided to also add in some Italian sausage. What the what?

Can I tell you something? I did myself proud and I CAN NOT wait to make these burgers again!!!
Just as an FYI, this isn't so much a recipe as it is a method. If you're not needing to cook for a crowd you can easily adjust the amount of ingredients you use and tailor it more to suit your needs. I do encourage you however to make a little extra because you'll be wanting more of these burgers the very next day.


4 pounds boneless beef short ribs (slightly frozen to make the grinding easier) and cut into 3"-4" pieces
1 pound Italian sausage, bulk or in casings (If in casings, remove the sausage and discard the casings)
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
pre-cooked bacon slices
pretzel rolls
sharp cheddar cheese slices
romaine lettuce leaves
sliced tomatoes
red onion slices

-Using a food processor, pulse 4-5 chunks of the frozen short ribs at a time until ground (being careful not to over process the meat and so you can still see texture). Place the ground meat in a large bowl and continue until you've ground all the short ribs.
-Add the Italian sausage in with the ground short ribs and add the garlic.
-Using your hands, mix the meat until just combined but be careful not to over mix the meat which will cause tough burgers.
-Using a 3/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out some meat and form into round patties. Place each patty onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue forming patties until all the meat has been formed into patties.
*Note - If you're making a lot of burgers, place parchment paper between the layers of burgers so they don't stick together.
-Refrigerate until you're ready to grill.
-30 minutes before you're ready to grill remove the patties from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature.
-Liberally season each patty with salt and pepper.
*Note - Before you place the patties on the grill press your thumb into the center of each patty so you see the indentation. This will keep your burgers flat as they cook and will prevent them from having a dome top.
-Cook the burgers over a medium high heat (flipping once) until they reach your desired doneness.
-Add a cheddar cheese slice to each burger at the final moment of cooking and remove the burgers from the grill. Cover to keep warm.
-Place each burger on a pretzel roll (I suggest grilling those for a minute or two also) and add the toppings and condiments of your choice...but don't forget the BACON!!!

Short Rib And Italian Sausage Burger Recipe

And last but certainly not least, here's the side dish that will cause almost as much stir as the burger itself.

Waffle Fry Nacho Recipe


1 bag of frozen waffle fries
olive oil spray
salt and pepper
shredded cheddar cheese (your call on the quantity)
cooked and crumbled bacon (your call on the quantity)
sliced scallions (your call on the quantity)
sour cream or onion dip (optional, but suggested)

-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
-Place the frozen waffle fries in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet and spray them lightly with the olive oil spray.
-Season with salt and pepper.
-Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes (flipping them half way through the baking process)
-Remove them from the oven and liberally sprinkle them with the cheddar cheese and bacon.
-Return the "nachos" back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted.
-Liberally sprinkle the green onion slices over the nachos and serve them along with some sour cream or onion dip.

Be still my heart....

I hope you've enjoyed my submission for National Cheeseburger Day and will consider trying these two recipes for yourself. Come on, you know you want to... I've heard your stomach growling from here! LOL

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Until we eat again,

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