Friday, June 26, 2009

Burger and Fries Friday: Caprese Burgers with Basil Balsamic Mayonnaise

This week's burger is one of our absolute favorites. Caprese salad is one of the best dishes in the world, in my opinion, and this is my deconstructed cheeseburger version of it. I top the Italian-style burgers with fresh mozzarella and tomato, and then I stir the basil and balsamic vinegar into the mayonnaise. Couldn't be simpler, more elegant, or more delicious. We always have ours with steak fries (the frozen ones work fine), tossed with olive oil and tons of black pepper. When they come out of the oven, we sprinkle them generously with grated Parmesan cheese. I guarantee that you'll enjoy this meal!

Caprese Burgers with Basil Balsamic Mayonnaise
Source: Cassie

1 pound ground chuck
1 teaspoon hamburger or steak seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

4 slices of tomato
4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup torn or chiffoned basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Sweet Italian rolls, halved, buttered and grilled

1. Combine ground chuck, hamburger or steak seasoning, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Shape into four equal patties. Cook patties to desired doneness in olive oil over medium high heat.

2. While burgers are cooking, combine mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, basil leaves and garlic powder in a separate bowl.

3. Top burgers with mozzarella cheese for the last minute or so of cooking so the cheese can soften. Serve burgers on grilled buns, topped with the tomato and the basil balsamic mayonnaise.


Creative Classroom Core said...

What an awesome burger twist! My fav kind of salad on a burger - cant go wrong there! Looks great!

Keri said...

I love this idea, Cassie. I can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

Yummmmmy! Love the idea of caprese salad on a burger and the mayo sounds fantastic!