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The Caprese* Burger

Recipe for July 17, 2011  

This just about covers the waterfront in creating a meal straight from what’s available at the market.The original recipe calls for pickled tomatoes but July is hot, hot, hot and you can avoid this step by substituting sliced tomatoes.

1 1/2 pounds ground beef*                                        Sliced tomatoes*

1 teaspoon kosher salt                                              16 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese*

4 ciabatta rolls*                                                        Basil mayo (recipe below)


Divide the beef into four 6-ounce portions.  Roll each portion into a ball and place between two pieces of wax paper.  Press down, with even pressure, onto the paper to form an  approximately 1/2” thick patty.

Pre-heat a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Sprinkle the pant with the kosher salt.  When hot, cook the hamburger for about 3-6 minutes per side, depending on how you like your burger cooked.  Or, if you prefer, you can grill the burgers.

Cut the ciabatta rolls in half and coat each side with the basil mayo.  Place the burgers on the rolls and top with a few slices of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4


Basil Mayo


1/2 cup mayonnaise (use Hellmann’s)                       1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves*                  1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic*                                  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

A hefty pinch of freshly ground black pepper


Put all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.  Transfer to a an airtight storage container and chill for 1 hour, or up to one week.

From The Parsley Thief -

*  Ingredients can be found at the market.

*Caprese Salad is an Italian dish made with ripe tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and usually balsamic vinegar (either on it’s own, or as a vinaigrette).