Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Caprese Burgers

Guess what I found out today! That directly behind my apartment there are 4 grills and picnic tables for the residents to use! I couldn't see it from any of our windows so I had no idea it was there until I decided to take a walk around our buildings while waiting for the fitness center to open one morning.I can actually have real GRILLED food again! I can't tell you how excited this makes me!

So I'd love to tell you that these burgers were actually grilled, but unfortunately that is not the case. I planned on making something else for dinner tonight and to pick up some charcoal and lighter fluid later in the week. But when I got home, I realized the intended dinner was supposed to have marinaded for 6 hours. I hate when I do that! Instead of running back out to pick up the charcoal and lighter fluid, I decided that we'd just have to have burgers again in the immediate future so we could grill them. Hardly a difficult decision!



Caprese Burgers
Source: Taste of Home Cooking, adapted from Does Not Cook Well With Others
Yield: 6 burgers
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Ingredients:
    • 1 1/4 lb. lean ground beef
    • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tbsp. fresh basil, minced
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 6 hamburger rolls, toasted
    • 6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
    • 6 slices tomato
    • 3-4 tbsp. mayo
    • fresh basil leaves
    • salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Heat your grill or grill pan to high heat.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, basil and garlic powder. Form into 6 patties and refrigerate until ready to cook.
3. Grill each patty for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Add a slice of cheese to each burger and cook until melted.
4. Spread the mayo on the hamburger roll. Place the burger on the bottom roll and top with a tomato slice, fresh basil leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

 
I know caprese salad is a pretty mild salad but for some reason I wasn't expecting the burger to be the same way. I think I needed to use more basil. And my tomato was a little bit too ripe.  Even with the mild flavors I did still enjoy the burger, especially the chewiness of the melted mozzarella cheese.

6 comments:

  1. Yesterday on The Chew they made a caprese style burger. They used sausage and put the cheese and tomato stuff inside and stuffed two patties around it. It looked pretty tasty.

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    1. I debated on putting the cheese inside the burger. I think I need to try it that way too.

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  2. I love this burger but it's definitely a milder flavor. Hope you enjoyed it!

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  3. These look terrific! I'll definitely be makingi these soon!

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