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Caprese burger with pesto mayonnaise

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time20 minsTotal Time20 mins

The Caprese burger combines beefsteak tomato, basil and thick mozzarella slices on a ciabatta bun with pesto mayonnaise for a playful take on the classic.

Caprese burger with pesto mayonnaise

FOR THE PESTO MAYONNAISE
 5 ½ teaspoons pine nuts
 8 leaves fresh basil
 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
 5 ½ tablespoons Parmesan cheese
 1 clove garlic
 1 tablespoon olive oil
  teaspoon kosher salt
  teaspoon black pepper
 ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
 ½ cup mayonnaise
FOR THE CAPRESE BURGER
 8 hamburger patties, cooked
 8 slices beefsteak tomato
 8 ounces fresh mozarella
 8 ciabatta rolls, cut in half
FOR THE PESTO MAYONNAISE
1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2

Toast the pine nuts
Arrange the pine nuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake them for 6 to 8 minutes until they’re lightly toasted. Allow them to cool completely before using them.

3

Make the pesto mayonnaise
Once the pine nuts have cooled, put them in a small food processor (or use a hand blender in a small bowl) with the basil, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/8 teaspoon of lemon juice and pulse it until everything is finely chopped. Then, with the machine running on low, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Fold the pesto gently with the mayo to combine.

FOR THE CAPRESE BURGER
4

Prepare the toppings
Rinse the basil leaves and gently pat dry. Place the tomato slices on a paper towel-lined plate in a single layer and lightly salt both sides. Top them with another paper towel and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. This will enhance the natural flavor of the tomatoes and remove some of the moisture and make it slide around less on the burger.

5

Assemble the burgers
Toast the buns for 2 to 3 minutes in the oven until they start to have crispy edges. Spread both sides of the ciabatta with the pesto mayonnaise (focaccia buns work nicely as well). Place the burger on one half of the ciabatta and top it with a slice of fresh mozzarella, a slice of tomato and a leaf of fresh basil. Drizzle a little olive oil over the burger and top with the remaining ciabatta half. Repeat for the remaining burgers.

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