Tomato Burger

    25 minutes

    This is a simple tomato, cheese and beef pattie burger but the tomato is based on the 'caprese salad' being marinated in a balsamic vinegar dressing.

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    Serves: 4 

    • Tomato
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 thick slices tomato
    • Burger
    • 300g lean beef mince
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1/4 cup diced fresh basil
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 125g fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • 4 hamburger buns, split

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Tomato: Whisk the balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over tomato slices to marinate.
    2. Burger: Preheat a barbecue for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
    3. Mix mince, tomato paste, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and pepper in a large bowl. Form beef mixture into 4 equal patties.
    4. Cook on the barbecue until the burgers are cooked; about 5 minutes per side for well done. Top each burger with mozzarella cheese and allow to melt. Serve on hamburger buns with marinated tomato slices.

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    Hi everyone! I submitted this recipe and since coming up with it have started to substitute about 1/4 cup storebought pesto for the basil, parm and garlic. It's easier and I think even tastier! The marinated tomatoes are a MUST!  -  29 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    WOW - traditional Italian meets classic American! These flavors combine to make one tasty burger! This is definitely not your average "run of the mill" burger, but something more along the lines of the "gourmet". Be sure to marinate your tomatoes at room temperature. I added some chopped basil to the mix along with a bit of minced garlic. For the meat mixture, I cut back just a bit on the Parmesan cheese and basil and added a bit more tomato paste. If you don't want to add the tomato paste, you could easily sub in some chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Next time, I might add those in anyway because I love 'em! These smelled wonderful on the grill and tasted even better. We served them with a mix of melted mozzarella and provolone along with the tomatoes on toasted crusty Italian rolls - YUM!  -  17 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delizioso!!! . I find your recipe absolutely delightful! I used your suggestion of substituting basil pesto for the basil, parmesan and garlic mixture, another reviewer suggestion of using sun dried tomatoes in lieu of tomato paste and yet another suggestion by another reviewer of using Ciabatta bread which I brushed with a bit of garlic infused extra virgin olive oil and lightly toasted.  -  14 May 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)