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Caprese Burger

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I was sitting at a relative's house in Rhode Island this past weekend enjoying the New England summer and (comparatively to Bermuda) low humidity. We were having a bit of a post wedding hang out and grill session, exchanging stories from the night before, All my cousins being sure not to take their sunglasses off. As the burgers were on the grill, I couldn't stop staring at the basil plant behind it. My mouth was salivating for basil! I have a basil plant in my own yard, but for some reason when I see one I have the need to eat basil immediately. Of course I snuck over and grabbed a few leaves to put on my burger only to be called out 3 seconds later. I thought I had been sneaky! The burger was fantastic and I don't know why I have never thought to put basil on one. This got me thinking, we already have a tomato, the addition of basil means I only need to switch the cheese to mozzarella and we have a caprese burger. A Hamburger Today in 2006 says caprese burger is a bad idea, but after making one, I disagree! The picture on that post looks awful, any burger that looked like that, caprese or not, would be gross! The key to this burger is nice fresh thick summer tomatoes.


Last min, I decided to go with a baguette for the bun to keep with the caprese theme.



Pretty small patties, but I hesitate to call anything a slider unless it is super small, like small enough to eat 9 of them.



Tomato slices almost as big as the burgers! Only slightly smaller to compensate for patty shrinkage.



The last of the bread off, cheese on, lid closed.













Mandi preferred open faced burgers, like a crostini.



8 Comments

Have a little burger with your cheese!!

Looks good!

Last summer I went to pittsburgh to visit my friend and she had a basil plant in her back yard and for bfast she made an egg sandwhich using whole grain rye bread, farm fresh eggs, locally made cheddar and basil. I liked everything in concept until the basil.. I thought it was weird... I never thought of herbs in bfast sandwhiches... it was the best bfast sandwhich I've ever had in my life.

Wait, are you saying there's a magazine called Hamburger Today?

We make caprese burgers frequently when our basil is blooming and our tomatoes are overflowing. We have a habit of just standing in the garden, pulling leaves of basil and shoving them in our mouth with sun-warmed tomatoes but sometimes you just need a meal. I like wrapping the patty around the mozerella.

I think you'll become addicted to putting basil on almost every sandwich you make!

I don't know about you but when i see a basil bush i run inside and get a piece of dark chocolate, wrap the basil around it and pop it in my mouth :)

Been reading your blog for a while now. These look awesome. You could also try stuffing the burgers with the mozzarella so it oozes out onto to the tomato, basil and bread when you cut it. Its a bit messy but a lot more fun that way.

I'm making this for dinner!! Time to harvest some of my basil plant and use Trader Joe's brown tomatoes up. Thanks for the idea!! :)

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