Italian Caprese Burgers

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Top your burger with mozzarella, pesto, and tomatoes, and serve it all on fluffy focaccia rolls.

This recipe is courtesy of Taste and Tell.

4
Servings
1011
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the focaccia rolls

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • Coarse sea salt

For the burgers

  • 1 1/2 Pound ground beef
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 Cup arugula
  • 4 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons pesto

Directions

For the focaccia rolls

Combine the flour and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water, salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and mix until combined. Knead for a few minutes until smooth. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the dough into 4 equal rolls and set on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the rolls until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

For the burgers

Combine the beef with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Form the mixture into 4 equal sized patties and indent the centers.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a cast iron skillet with some olive oil. Sear the patties on both sides, then transfer the skillet to the oven to finish, about 8 minutes.

Rinse the arugula. Season with olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Rinse, core, and slice the tomatoes.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and 2 remaining tablespoons of balsamic.

Cut the rolls in half and lightly toast them. Spread mayonnaise on the bottom half of all the buns. Top with arugula, tomato slices, a burger patty, 2 slices of mozzarella, and 1 tablespoon pesto. Top with the remaining half roll, and serve immediately. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
43g
61%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
163mg
54%
Carbohydrate, by difference
90g
69%
Protein
62g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
160µg
23%
Vitamin B-12
6µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
12mg
16%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
116µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
218mg
22%
Choline, total
35mg
8%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
337µg
84%
Iron, Fe
14mg
78%
Magnesium, Mg
118mg
37%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
14mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
604mg
86%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
68µg
100%
Sodium, Na
457mg
30%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
231g
9%
Zinc, Zn
13mg
100%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.