Have you ever wondered what could be better than tomato, mozzarella and basil?? Well I’m here to tell you that I know… Tomato, mozzarella and basil on a burger!
If you’re familiar with Italian cooking, then you’ve probably heard the term Insalata Caprese or Caprese Salad. It is a traditional Italian salad that is believed to have originated on the island of Capri off the coast of Italy. It is a simple salad of juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Those simply delicious flavors are just what inspired me to create these burgers. We ate ours without buns (knife and fork style!), but these would also be delicious served on homemade focaccia bread.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tomato, sliced
- handful fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella or sliced, fresh mozzarella
- 4 hamburger buns or pieces of focaccia bread, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Thinly slice a red onion. Place the onion slices in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Stir the onions around so they are all coated in the vinegar.
- Shape the ground beef into burger patties - 4 good-sized burgers or 8 mini burgers. Season both sides of your burgers with salt and pepper.
- Preheat a skillet to high heat. Cook the burgers for about 2 minutes on each side or until a golden brown crust starts to form. The burgers will not be cooked all the way through at this point, just browned. They will finish cooking in the oven.
- Place your burgers in the bottom of a 8x8 square baking dish. Top each burger with 1-2 tablespoons of the balsamic marinated red onions. Add a slice or two of tomato. Sprinkle the tomatoes with some chopped basil and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake the burgers in the oven for about 10 minutes util the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.
- These are delicious on their own or served atop freshly made [focaccia breadhttp://domesticcontessa.com/easy-focaccia-with-caramelized-red-onions-feta/]