Everyone has heard of a Caprese salad (fresh tomato slices, fresh mozzarella slices and basil leaves) but how about a delicious burger that transcends the same flavors? Once a basic beef burger is made and grilled, a Caprese burger is all about the toppings.
Start with a basic, high-quality beef burger, either store-bought or homemade. Then, create the flavorful fresh pesto and start the construction of a great summer burger choice.
A burger meal is a great summer evening meal or try this updated recipe to serve at an upscale, better-than-your-average-burger cookout with a group of friends. If entertaining a larger group of friend, about 8, start with a 3 pounds of ground beef to make hearty sized burgers.
- 4 beef burgers, 80% to 85% lean
- 4 bakery quality buns
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 cups (4 ounces) packed basil leaves, plus 8 large leaves for serving
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- Keep burgers refrigerated until ready to cook.
- Place pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Add oil. Pulse to chop.
- Add 4 cups basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and salt.
- Process until finely chopped. Stop to scrape sides of processor bowl once or twice during the process.
- Makes ¾ cups fresh pesto.
- If preparing homemade burgers, stick with a basic ground beef, salt and pepper to season mixture.
- Grill or broil burgers to desired doneness.
- Top with mozzarella during last minute of cooking time.
Caprese Burger Assembly:
- Spread buns with pesto.
- Place cooked burgers on buns.
- Top with a slice of fresh tomato and 2 large basil leaves.
Serve with potato chips or a pile of fries to complete the meal.