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Tomato and Mozzarella Burger

Give your standard burger an unusual twist by skipping the bread and beef and opting for tomatoes and mozzarella. These fun "burgers" are filled with garlic, fresh mozzarella slices and basil.

Real Simple JULY 2005

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 6 large ripe tomatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh unsalted mozzarella
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, leaves picked


Heat oven to 450° F. Slice a thin piece from the rounded bottom of each tomato so they sit upright. Slice each tomato in half horizontally. Arrange the tomato halves, cut-side up, on a shallow roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with the oil, then sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Scatter the garlic over the tomatoes. Roast until they're softened and warmed through, about 15 minutes. (Underripe tomatoes may take 5 to 15 minutes longer.) Meanwhile, cut the mozzarella into six 1/2-inch-thick slices. Using a spatula, sandwich each cheese slice between 2 hot tomato halves. The heat of the tomatoes will melt the cheese slightly. Drizzle with any juices that collected in the roasting pan and garnish with the basil.

Tip: To slice a soft cheese such as fresh mozzarella easily, first freeze it for 30 minutes. Bring the slices to room temperature before continuing with the recipe.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 21.52mg
  • Calories: 182.15
  • Calories from fat: 64%
  • Carbohydrate: 8.32g
  • Cholesterol: 29.7mg
  • Fat: 12.98g
  • Fiber: 2.26g
  • Iron: 0.59mg
  • Protein: 8.43mg
  • Saturated fat: 6.08g
  • Sodium: 196.11mg

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