Italian beef burgers with marinated tomatoes

    25 min

    Sounds fancy, but this is a super easy way to make something special out of regular beef burgers. Basil, Parmesan, garlic and tomato puree flavour the burger mixture, and balsamic-marinated tomatoes top it off. I call it a caprese burger!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 thick slices tomato
    • 600g lean minced beef
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 110g fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • 4 burger buns

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

    1. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over tomato slices to marinate.
    2. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
    3. Mix minced beef, tomato puree, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Form beef mixture into 4 equal burgers.
    4. Cook on the preheated barbecue until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done. Top each burger with mozzarella cheese; allow to melt. Serve on burger buns with marinated tomato slices.

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    This is a really quick and easy way to make everyday burgers a little bit different. I doubled the amount cooked them under the grill and served them with Potato Wedges, and a side salad. I made extra Balsamic Marinade and used it as a dressing for the salad. No complaints from my family just clean plates. Thanks Sarah for a really nice alternative.  -  13 Apr 2014


    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 US | 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 US | Canada)

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