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Ground Short Rib and Italian Sausage Burgers

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With just a few easy steps you can make THE VERY BEST ground short rib burgers you’ve ever eaten! You have my word on it!!

Closeup photo of a ground short rib burger with Italian sausage, a pretzel bun, cheese, tomato, and lettuce.

These homemade ground short rib burgers are juicy, super flavorful, and they have a combination of flavors that will knock the socks right off your feet!

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making ground short rib burgers is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


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The ingredient list:

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  • boneless beef short ribs
  • Italian sausage, (bulk or in casings)
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic (optional)
  • precooked bacon slices (optional)
  • cheddar cheese slices (optional)
  • pretzel buns (or your favorite bun)
  • tomato (optional)
  • onion (optional)
  • lettuce (optional)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2013. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, photos, and additional information, but getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me.

In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.

How this recipe came to be:

Whenever I want to make a burger that has incredible flavor, I always grind my own meat using boneless beef short ribs.

This time in order to take these short ribs burgers to a whole other level of flavor, I decided to add some Italian sausage into the mix.

Can I tell you something? I did myself proud, and I simply CAN NOT wait to make these burgers again!!!

Not cooking for a crowd?

No problem!

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a method for making homemade ground beef burgers.

If you don’t need to cook for a crowd you can easily adjust the quantity of short ribs you use to suit your needs and budget.

I do encourage you, however, to make a little extra because you’ll be wanting more of these burgers the very next day.

Don’t want to add the Italian sausage?

That’s perfectly fine. They’re your burgers. You can make them however you like!

Closeup vertical collage of ground short rib burgers with a pretzel bun on the bottom and a bowl of ground meat on the top with title text overlay graphic

Tips for making the best ground short rib burgers:

  • Slightly frozen boneless short ribs will grind easier in the food processor than completely thawed raw meat
  • Cut the boneless ribs into 2″ – 3″ chunks
  • Pulse the processor (on, off, on, off) while grinding
  • Only process a few rib chunks at a time, and work in batches
  • Do not over-process the meat or it will become mealy
  • Grind only until no large chunks remain and the texture is somewhat coarse
  • Refrigerate ground short ribs after grinding (if grinding in advance)
  • Do not overwork the meat when adding in the Italian sausage
  • Use a ½ cup measure for uniform size burgers
  • Do not pack the patties too tightly when forming, or you’ll have tough burgers
  • Place the formed burgers on parchment-lined baking sheets that have been sprayed with oil. The extra fat from the Italian sausage will make the burgers sticky
  • Season the ground short rib burgers liberally with salt and pepper
  • Allow the burgers to sit for 20 minutes after seasoning and before cooking
  • Preheat the cooking surface (high heat) for at least 5 minutes before adding the burgers
  • When the burgers no longer sick to the cooking surface, they’re ready to flip

How to remove casings from Italian sausage:

You can either squeeze the sausage from the casings as I do (and as seen in the photos), or you can slit the casings and scoop out the sausage.

Discard the casings.

How to make ground short rib burgers with Italian sausage:

  • partially frozen short ribs work best for home grinding
  • cut the ribs into 2″ – 3″ pieces
  • grind only a few pieces at a time using the pulse method (on, off, on, off)
  • do not over process
  • remove the casings from the sausage and gently mix it into the ground short rib meat
  • form the ground meat into patties using a measuring cup for uniform size burgers
  • cook as desired, and to your desired doneness

What are the proper internal temperatures for ground beef burgers?

  • RARE: 120 degrees – 125 degrees (approximately 3 minutes per side)
  • MEDIUM RARE: 130 degrees – 135 degrees (approximately 4 minutes per side)
  • MEDIUM: 140 degrees – 145 degrees (approximately 5 minutes per side)
  • MEDIUM WELL: 150 degrees – 155 degrees (approximately 6 minutes per side)
  • WELL DONE: 160 degrees – 165 degrees (approximately 7 minutes per side)

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s ground short rib burgers with Italian sausage.

A ground short rib burger with melted cheese, tomato, red onion, and lettuce on a pretzel bun

Ground Short Rib Burgers with Italian Sausage

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Additional Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine burgers
Servings 12 burgers
Calories 829 kcal


  • 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs slightly frozen to make the grinding easier, and cut into 2″ – 3″ pieces
  • 1 pound Italian sausage bulk, or in casings (if in casings, remove the sausage and discard the casings)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoons salt plus additional for seasoning right before grilling
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper plus additional for seasoning right before grilling
  • 12 pretzel rolls
  • 12 slices of cheddar cheese
  • tomato slices optional
  • bacon slices optional
  • lettuce optional
  • red onion slices optional


  • 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 a coarse texture).
  • Place the ground meat in a large bowl and continue until you’ve ground all the short ribs.
  • Add the Italian sausage (casings removed) in with the ground short ribs and the minced garlic.
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Use hands to mix the meat until just combined being careful not to over mix the meat which will cause tough burgers.
  • Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out some ground meat and form into patties.
  • Place each patty onto a parchment-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with cooking oil.
  • 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.
  • Season the patties again with additional 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 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!!!


Serving: 1burgerCalories: 829kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 56gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 1543mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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Recipe Rating

Stephanie Parker

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Renee - this looks AMAZING! I am totally going to try this. Love the pretzel buns too!