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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    Well I haven't actually eaten these burgers yet but they are in the fridge ready to go. I have to say they were the easiest, quickest burgers I have ever made and smell delicious. The tomatoes are marinated and ready to go. I did what the author suggested and swapped the parmesan etc for pesto. Fingers crossed they taste as good as they look!!  -  11 Jan 2018


    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)