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Caprese Beef Burgers

Serves 4.

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    Caprese Beef Burgers

    In this play on a classic Italian salad, pesto, fresh cheese, and punchy greens brighten and elevate what is already highly flavourful grass-fed beef. Make it even more awesome by going the extra mile and grilling the tomato slices. You can even make your own pesto.

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    Buns away

    For many people, a burger isn’t a burger without the bun. And yes, you should have some on hand if you’re feeding a crowd. But a well-made burger with plenty of exciting flavours can be just as great without being placed between two slabs of bread. Plus, going sans bun saves you some calories. But if you just need that bun for your burger, be sure to choose one made with whole grains, and toast it first for that tasty, crispy texture.

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    Homemade pesto

    To make your own quick pesto, simply pulse together a couple handfuls of fresh basil with grated Parmesan cheese; two chopped garlic cloves; fresh lemon juice; salt; and pine nuts, walnuts, or hemp hearts. Slowly pour in some olive oil through the feed tube until you have a pesto consistency.

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    Caprese Beef Burgers

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb (450 g) grass-fed beef
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
    • 4 whole grain buns (optional)
    • 2 cups (500 mL) arugula or other tender greens
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tsp (10 mL) extra-virgin olive or camelina oil
    • 4 Tbsp (60 mL) prepared basil pesto
    • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • 4 tomato slices

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories348
    • protein28g
    • fat23g
      • saturated fat8g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates5g
      • sugars2g
      • fibre2g
    • sodium394mg

    Directions

    01

    In bowl, gently mix together beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 equal-sized patties.

    02

    Preheat grill on high for 10 minutes and then lower to medium for cooking. Grill burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 160 F (71 C) is reached. Remove burgers from grill and place bun halves, if using, on grill and heat just until toasted.

    03

    Toss arugula together with balsamic vinegar, oil, and a pinch of salt. Divide arugula among bun halves and top with burgers. If not using buns, place greens on plate and nestle burgers on top. Garnish burgers with pesto, slices of cheese and tomato, and remaining bun halves, if using.

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