The Caprese Burger

The Caprese Burger Recipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
The Caprese Burger delivers Italian flavor to this American classic. For some extra heat, add some crushed red peppers to the pesto.

Yield:

8 burgers

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 586
Fat 31 g
Satfat 11 g
Protein 49 g
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 124 mg
Sodium 958 mg

Ingredients

2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups packed basil leaves (about 4 oz.), plus 8 large leaves for serving
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
2 large tomatoes, sliced
Assorted toppings (optional):

Preparation

1. Prepare burgers as recipe directs and refrigerate patties until ready to cook.

2. Place pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Add oil; pulse to chop. Add 4 cups basil, Parmesan and salt. Process until finely chopped, stopping and scraping sides of bowl once or twice. (Makes 3/4 cup pesto.)

3. Grill or broil burgers as recipe directs. Top with mozzarella during last minute of cooking time.

4. Spread buns with pesto. Place burgers on buns and serve topped with a slice of tomato and a large basil leaf and assorted toppings, if desired.

May 2013
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