Who is excited for SUMMER? Me, me, me. You know why? Because soon, it will be tomato season, grilling season, berry season and that means we will be eating caprese salads on repeat in our house. Something about the freshness of the salad from the tomatoes and basil and the creaminess of the buffalo mozzarella has me all sorts of giddy. When I was thinking of what to make next to share with you guys, I was in the store brainstorming and the idea came in my head to make burgers. Whenever I visit the grocery store on my own or with my kids, I always start in the veggie isle. I browse what looks good and what’s in season right now and start my meal planning there. I walked by the tomatoes and basil section at my local Fred Meyers, the longing of summer overcame me and I grabbed a box of mini Campari tomatoes and a box of organic basil and decided to make a delicious summer grill worthy burger called that I like to call, “The Caprese Burger.” I mean, my favorite salad on a bun, with a burger? Yes please. I strolled down to the meat and seafood department to get my favorite 80% lean grass fed ground beef by Simple Truth. Fred Meyers meat department is so good, I love how fresh everything is, the staff is so friendly and always excited to help you. The selection is incredible, you have anything from lamb chops, pork, beef and chicken. Another of my favorite parts about the meat department is that they make their own sausages in house. There is a sausage called bbq pulled pork and pot sticker sausage that is to die for, if you haven’t tried their sausages, you need to go get some for sure and grill some up.
After I left the meat department I strolled to the cheese department next to grab the mozzarella for the burgers. Lastly, the bread department has these pretzel buns that are so good, I mean I could have made some on my own, but lets talk timing, I’m trying to save time in the kitchen and spend more time with my family these days and making my recipes more approachable for you guys to make. There is something about mini burgers that I love, but I never skim on the meat part, I like to make my burgers nice and thick so you can taste the meat, which to me is the star, especially when you are using good quality meat like this. Adding the Italian flavors as the toppings just makes this a International hit in my book. Great thing about grilling is, that if the weather is not so great outside, bring the grilling inside and make your burgers on a griddle pan, like I did. At this point, pour yourself a glass of something tasty and lets get cooking. If you don’t own a good griddle pan and need a new one, I would highly recommend this 12″ Finex cast iron twin spring grill pan, I love how durable it is and I can put this directly on fire.
Can you say CHEESE? Hello gorgeous!
We just opened a few cans of this delicious blackberry hard cider to go along with the burgers. I mean I can always go for a glass of rosé too, but I was craving something lighter and bubbly, figured that this would go perfectly with the burgers, don’t you think? What do you like to drink with your burger? I am not a soda person, but give me a glass of cider or wine and I’ll be happy, especially during spring and summer times.Look at how pretty those colors look together and that cheese, yes please and thank you! I’ll eat this every day, ok well maybe not every day, but often. My family gobbled up these burgers right after I took them off the griddle. No complaints there.
I hope you have enjoyed all the images of these beauties and I hope you give them a try sooner than later. It will be the juiciest, most flavorful burger that you will make at home and with such simple ingredients too. Enjoy.
Who is excited for SUMMER? Me, me, me. You know why? Because soon, it will be tomato season, grilling season, berry season and that means we will be eating caprese salads on repeat in our house. Something about the freshness of the salad from the tomatoes and basil and the creaminess of the buffalo mozzarella has me all sorts of giddy. When I was thinking of what to make next to share with you guys, I was in the store brainstorming and the idea came in my head to make burgers.
- 4 oz Simple Truth organic basil; reserve 8 leaves for burgers
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 lbs Simple Truth 80% lean grass fed ground beef
- 2 Simple Truth organic eggs
- 1/2 cup grated red onion
- 3 tsp granulated garlic
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp worcestershire
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 3 small Campari slicing tomato, evenly sliced
- 8 slices mozzarella cheese
- 8 mini pretzel buns, or hamburger buns
To make the pesto, place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until combined.
In a large bowl place ground beef, eggs, grated onion, garlic granules, worcestershire, mustard powder and sea salt. Using your hands mix the meat together until completely combined. (You can use a wooden spoon if you're not into touching raw meat.) Using your hands (you have to for this part), wet them so the meat doesn't stick to them, divide the meat into 8 equal parts starting with balls and flatten them to make uniformed patties about 1/2 inch thick. Set aside on parchment paper on a baking tray.
Heat your griddle pan on high for about 7 minutes. If using a grill outside, heat the grill on high for 10 min.
Drizzle each patty with a little olive oil so it doesn't stock to the griddle/grill and place on the griddle/grill. If using the griddle keep the heat on high, flip after about 5 minutes, place the cheese on each burger and let it slowly melt. If it's not melting fast enough, place a lid to help it melt faster. If you are using a grill, reduce heat to medium and close the lid. Cook for 5 min. Flip the burger patties and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until center is just barely pink. Cook 2-3 minutes longer if you like your burgers more cooked. Turn off the grill, add the cheese and allow to melt. While the cheese is melting, use your hot grill to toast your buns! But if you're using a griddle, add your buns in a toaster over or oven and toast until desired toast color.
To assemble the burgers, add a generous tablespoon amount of pesto to the bottom of the bun or both top and bottom. Add the meat then layer on the tomato and a leaf or two of fresh basil to add more freshness. That's it. Now you are ready to enjoy these! I served these on their own, because they are just that good. But if you really want something on the side, I think these and my smashed potatoes would be delicious together.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.
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