Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Caprese Burgers

I saw a post by Ashlee on the What's Cooking board a few weeks ago for Italian burgers. It looked fabulous and I've been thinking about them (and the zucchini sticks below) ever since! I made a few changes to her originial burger recipe and they turned out pretty darn good. Thanks for the inspiration!

Caprese Burgers

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
10-20 leaves fresh basil, chiffonaded (I love basil, so I put a lot)
4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
basil pesto
hamburger buns

Mix the beef, garlic, Italian seasoning and basil in a large bowl. Divide mixture into four equal parts. Working with a quarter of the meat, divide that portion in half and make two equal patties (they should be somewhat thin because you will put them together to make one burger). Repeat with remaining portions. Place one slice of cheese in the center of four patties. Place the remaining patties on top and pinch around the edges to seal. Grill for 10-15 minutes or until desired temperature. Toast buns, smear with pesto and top with a burger and tomato slices. (I like mine open-faced, so no top bun for me.)

1 comment:

SteamyKitchen said...

great idea for a burger!