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Caprese Pesto Burger

I love fresh's aroma is undeniably calming. THis year I grew fresh basil in my garden for the first time and it has multiplied exponentially so I have experimented with how to use it in a variety of ways. This Caprese Pesto Burger combines the ingredients of Pesto with a Caprese Salad for an Italian twist on an American favorite.


1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 lg Egg, scrambled
1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 c. Pine Nuts Chopped very finely
1/2 c. Fresh Basil Leaves Chopped finely with a food processor
1/4 c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 slices (1/4" thick) Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (Get the stuff from the Deli section of the supermarket. It's a little pricier, but it has better flavor)
10-12 Fresh Basil Leaves
4 1/4" Thick Tomato Slices
4 Lg Potato Hamburger Buns


In a large bowl, combine Ground Beef, Egg, Vinegar, Pine Nuts, Chopped Basil Leaves and Parmesan Cheese. A large mixer would be helpful to ensure that all ingredients are evenly mixed. Once these ingredients are well mixed, form 4 patties by sectioning the mixture into 4 balls. Form the balls into rounded shapes and then "smash" flat, to approximately 1-1/2" smoothing out the sides as you go. Grill on Medium setting to desired pinkness level. Place completed burgers on the bottom bun. Layer Mozzarella slices, Basil, and Tomato slices and place the top bun on the burger.