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Caprese Burger

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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.

Caprese Burger

  • 4 beef burgers, 80% to 85% lean
  • 4 bakery quality buns

Pesto:

  • 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

Toppings:

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  1. Keep burgers refrigerated until ready to cook.

Pesto:

  1. Place pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Add oil. Pulse to chop.
  2. Add 4 cups basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and salt.
  3. Process until finely chopped. Stop to scrape sides of processor bowl once or twice during the process.
  4. Makes ¾ cups fresh pesto.

Burgers:

  1. If preparing homemade burgers, stick with a basic ground beef, salt and pepper to season mixture.
  2. Grill or broil burgers to desired doneness.
  3. Top with mozzarella during last minute of cooking time.

Caprese Burger Assembly:

  1. Spread buns with pesto.
  2. Place cooked burgers on buns.
  3. 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.

Serves 4.

Enjoy!

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