Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen 
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

How to Make It

Step 1

Divide beef into 4 equal portions; shape into patties. Flatten each patty to a 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Step 2

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn patties; top evenly with mozzarella cheese. Cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove patties from pan. Coat bread slices with cooking spray. Add 4 bread slices to pan; cook 30 seconds on each side or until toasted. Repeat procedure with remaining bread slices and cooking spray. Cut 1 garlic clove in half; rub cut sides of garlic on both sides of bread slices.

Step 3

Mince remaining garlic clove. Combine minced garlic, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining 1 teaspoon oil, tomato, and basil in a bowl; toss to coat. Top each of 4 bread slices with 1 patty. Divide tomato mixture evenly among patties. Top with remaining 4 bread slices.

Ratings & Reviews

Super easy and super yummy

January 07, 2018
Instead of broiling the bread, I toasted in the toaster and spread a thin layer of garlic butter on top.  I think next time I will grill the patties on our Traeger vs. using the cast iron.

carolfitz's Review

October 30, 2014
Super-simple. Chose because we had everything on hand. Made to directions except we used a toaster rather than frying the bread. Served with the recommended spiced oven fries, used half sweet/half white potato. OK supper, nothing special.

Whygal's Review

November 02, 2014
A great combination for burgers! I paninied them rather than serve on grilled bread and we loved the end result. The accompanying spiced oven fries were just ok.

Love it!

April 17, 2015
I have always loved bruschetta.  I like a good burger too.  This is just the perfect combination of the two.  I will definitely be adding this to the menu again in the future.  I added just a little bit of balsamic vinegar to the bruschetta because it's an ingredient you just can't leave out (in my opinion). 


September 05, 2015
Great combo! If you use great tasting tomatoes and bread as well as quality meat, this will be full of flavor!