Ever since Riley and I created her Toddler Herb Garden I've been trying to use the fresh herbs as much as possible. I was inspired by my round up of Garden to Table Recipes and Summer Cookout Ideas to use the abundance of basil that Riley has grown in a burger. I created this mile high Caprese Burger and it just screams Summer!
I wish I could take the credit for the actual hamburger patty, but that is all my husband. Not only is he a pro on the grill, but he has a great palette when it comes to combining the right spices. For these patties we used a pound of ground beef that was 80/20 because when you're eating a burger it's just tastier that way. He combined 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. This made four good size burgers.
I had my husband throw the buns on the grill to toast them so that the balsamic vinegar did not ruin the bun as soon as it was applied to the burger. To assemble the burger I placed two slice of fresh mozzarella on top of the burger, which melted the cheese into place. I then added two slices of tomatoes from our garden and three leaves of basil from Riley's herb garden. The finishing touch was a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar on top. Absolute perfection!