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Caprese Burgers

Homemade pesto keeps these burger patties super flavorful and moist, and offers an Italian twist on the traditional American BBQ fare.
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Caprese Burgers

Servings

24

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For The Burgers:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground sirloin beef
  • 1 cup fresh or store-bought pesto (recipe follows)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • One 7 to 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella (sliced into eight 1/4-inch-thick slices, patted dry with paper towels)
  • For The Pesto Mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh or store-bought pesto
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Eight 3-inch-square pieces of tomato or plain focaccia bread (halved, or 8 hamburger buns, halved)
  • 4 medium tomatoes (sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds (16 slices))
  • For The Pesto:

  • 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. For the burgers: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Combine the beef, pesto, Parmesan, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form the mixture into eight 4-inch-diameter patties, each about 3/4-inch thick. Grill for 5 minutes. Turn the burgers over and place a slice of mozzarella on top. Cook for about 5 minutes longer until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is slightly melted. Allow the burgers to rest for 5 minutes.
  2. For the pesto mayonnaise: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and pesto until smooth.
  3. To assemble the burgers: Drizzle the cut side of the bread with olive oil and grill until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread the pesto mayonnaise over the bottom halves of the grilled bread. Place the burgers on top and add 2 tomato slices. Add the top halves of the bread and serve.
  4. For the pesto: Bake pine nuts in a preheated 350 degrees F oven until lightly toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely before using. Combine the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, salt, pepper and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until the mixture forms a smooth paste.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
24
per serving
Calories
0
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
10 grams
Protein
17 grams
Fat
25 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
Cholestrol
52 milligrams
Sodium
464 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
Sugar
1 grams

2 reviews & comments

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    We will make your Caprese Burgers tomorrow while watching Roland Garros 2018. Thank you Giadzy❤️

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    The Giadzy Kitchen

    Hope you loved them! üíõ

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