I am always looking for ways to jazz up the boring burger and came up with this after having a delicious caprese salad. Be sure to use fresh basil and the marinated tomatoes are a must!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk the balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over tomato slices to marinate.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Mix ground beef, tomato paste, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Form beef mixture into 4 equal patties.

  • Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Top each burger with mozzarella cheese; allow to melt. Serve on hamburger buns with marinated tomato slices.

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Nutrition Facts

561 calories; 31.6 g total fat; 132 mg cholesterol; 485 mg sodium. 25.4 g carbohydrates; 40.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2011
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/15/2012
I wasn't real excited about this. I like caprese salad and I like burgers but the two flavors were just really odd together. The only change I made was adding salt and using 1/4 tsp. of dried basil to fresh per another similar recipe. I broiled them on the middle of the rack and nearly caught the oven on fire. So be careful if cooking them that way instead of grilling. I was not sure why they were so greasy because I used 90 percent lean beef. I can only assume it was because of the parmesan cheese. The black pepper and basil taste was a little too strong for me too. Read More
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105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 74
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2011
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! Read More
(131)
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2012
Delizioso!!!. I find your recipe absolutely delightful! I used your suggestion of substituting basil pesto for the basil parmesan and garlic mixture another reviewer suggestion of using sun dried tomatoes in lieu of tomato paste and yet another suggestion by another reviewer of using Ciabatta bread which I brushed with a bit of garlic infused extra virgin olive oil and lightly toasted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
This is a great alternative to a traditional burger. I prepared an Italian spread and the burger was the main dish. My guests loved it. Also I used Ciabatta bread instead of a traditional hamburger bun. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2010
This was so good! I used turkey instead of beef and didn't use tomato paste because I didn't want to open a whole can just for a tablespoon. I'm sure it's good with it but everyone liked them just the way they were. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2009
Incredibly easy to prepare and the most delicious burger I've ever made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2009
I made these mouth-watering burgers and loved them. I did not have fresh basil...I used 80% lean HB and a different kind of cheese on top of each burger. I used the canned parmesan instead of grated.. probably would have been better... but they tasted great anyhow! next time I will try every ingredient to a tee just to see if they taste a wee better... great meal Sarah S.! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
Sooo tasty! I did exactly what the recipe said and the family loved it! I'm never making plain burgers again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2010
great alternative to the typical boring burger! i added a few things which is why i only gave it 4 starts i deviated from the original recipe quite a bit. i added itialian bread crumbs roasted red peppers drained and a few sprigs of fresh oregano. my friend and her daughter over for supper loved them...and her daughter is only 3!!! i put these on toasted ciabatta rolls...YUM Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/15/2012
I wasn't real excited about this. I like caprese salad and I like burgers but the two flavors were just really odd together. The only change I made was adding salt and using 1/4 tsp. of dried basil to fresh per another similar recipe. I broiled them on the middle of the rack and nearly caught the oven on fire. So be careful if cooking them that way instead of grilling. I was not sure why they were so greasy because I used 90 percent lean beef. I can only assume it was because of the parmesan cheese. The black pepper and basil taste was a little too strong for me too. Read More
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