With the first red tomatoes of the season rolling in from my CSA farm share I decided to make a very simple burger that would highlight the super fresh flavors. And when I say "I" made this meal I really mean that I sent my husband outside in the heat to go grill up these burgers :D. Yet another reason grilling makes the menu...it's group participation from the hubby!
The original recipe called for sliders but we had a pack of leftover pre-made patties so ours were regular sized burgers. Personally I think it works out better because the size of the tomato and mozzarella is a better match, anyway. This was a great quick meal that will have you spending virtually no time to make and you can use any extra topper ingredients to make a fast Caprese Salad on the side. For the salad, just layer the mozzarella, tomatoes, basil then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vineagar. Season with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt and you're good to go!
Caprese Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise
- 1 pound ground beef
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1 tomato, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Burger buns
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (As usual I used Fat Free Greek Yogurt instead)
- 1/4 cup pesto
- Mix salt and pepper into beef (or if using pre-formed patties, season each side of the patty). Place on a hot grill and cook through, flipping once. Near the end of the grilling time, add cheese. Cover grill and cook for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Meanwhile, mix together the mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Place burger onto bottom half of bun. Top with tomato and basil. Spread pesto mayonnaise on top half of bun. Serve.
Source: I was Born to Cook