Sunday, June 13, 2010

Burgers For Dad

Do you have plans for Father's Day? I think we're going to have Mr. H's parents over for dinner or we may go out to eat at a cute new cafe we just discovered. Not entirely sure yet. My father does not live here and our relationship has deteriorated over the last few years so it will probably be just us four and the doggies :-) I'll stop by to see my step dad and send my grandpa a card but one thing I know for sure is that we will be celebrating my husband and father-in-law this coming weekend.

These burgers would be great to serve for your favorite Dad on Sunday. They're a nice twist on the "regular" burger and they're just as simple but so much better! The bruschetta topping on this burger is what makes it extra special and tasty. It consists of diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and parm cheese- good stuff! I found these burgers on Debby's A Feast For The Eyes. I've seen these burgers on her site before but she recently reminded me of them again and I made them the very next day. We loved them.

We like our burger patties cooked to medium, with a little pink on the inside but even if these were cooked all the way through , they'd still be good. Just don't cook them til they're tough like shoe leather- that's the only thing that could ruin this burger. ha ha! The meat was juicy and flavorful but the star was the bruschetta. The tomatoes were fresh and summery tasting, then you got a little punch from the grated garlic and saltiness from the cheese. I made some pesto mayo to slather on the buns and that finished them off perfectly. Make these this weekend, they'll be a hit, I'm sure! Thanks Debby!

Bruschetta Burgers adapted from A Feast For The Eyes

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Serves 3-4

Bruschetta Topping:

  • 2 ripe tomatoes on the vine, seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil or basil puree
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Pesto Mayo:

  • 3 Tablespoons good mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared pesto

Beef Patties:

  • Ground beef, seasoned only with salt & pepper
  • Mozarella or Provolone cheese, to melt on the burger

For the bruschetta: Mix all the ingredients together except salt. Add salt right before topping the burgers so the tomatoes don’t get watery. Set aside.

For the pesto mayo: In a small bowl, mix the pesto and mayo together. Set aside.

For the burgers: Season your ground beef with salt and pepper, then form them into patties of your desired weight. (We prefer 1/3 pound burgers so I made 3 patties, if you don't want them as thick, you can make 4 quarter pound burgers). Cook burgers to your liking either on the grill or on the stove top. Once cooked to your desired internal temperature, place cheese on top of burgers while they're still hot so it melts on the patty.

Assembly: Toast buns or foccacia then generously spread on pesto mayo. Top the bottom bun with patty then scoop bruschetta on top of that. Sandwich it all together with the top bun and eat up.



  1. Whoa! What a hefty burger!! It looks absolutely amazing.

    I don't even know when Father's Day is, but whenever I find out (I always do from other people's blogs haha), I will call my dad on that day. That is all I plan to do.

  2. OMG, that looks fantastic! I LOVE bruscetta, so I can only imagine that it would be even better on a burger! I don't go home to visit my dad until July, but I will definitely have to make this for him!

  3. Mmmmmm now I want a burger. I'll have to try these next time we fire up the grill!

  4. These look so yummy!! I wish my hubby liked tomatoes..he doesn't know what he'll be missing out on! LOL

  5. These do look awesome! I think I might make these ~ I love bruschetta on pretty much anything!

  6. We would LOVE these. I can't wait to try them!

  7. looks very yummy!!
    greetings from Switzerland,

  8. All I can say is wow!!! The Hubble love bruschetta so I'm thinking these might have to be in our dad's day plans. Thanks for sharing these they look delicious!

  9. Oh My!! How did you know that my newest craving has been "bruchetta"!!! And to make it into a burger....delish! Beautifully done Darlin'! :-)

  10. Mmmm, just look at that thing!! I would love a big ol' bite of that burger.

  11. These really do look wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time perusing your earlier posts. You have assembled some wonderful recipes. I'll be back often to see what else you've been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  12. That is one gorgeous burger!!

  13. I think this would very easily become our favorite burger. I'm trying it asap. You are a genius.

  14. Perfect pairing of flavors! There's NOTHING NOT to like in this burger!

  15. Forget dad and give me one of these! Just kidding, sorta.

  16. Oh my, those burgers are making my mouth water...I was planning on grilling steak, chicken and fresh veggies for Father's Day but what man wouldn't want a delicious burger like that ? Thanks for the awesome recipe !

  17. thank you for not being stingy with the toppings. amen!

  18. Awwwwwwwwww, I'm last to notice that you featured yet another one of my recipes! What an honor. Actually, Tyler Florence inspired me to make these. They used to be on the menu at Applebee's but they disappeared. You definitely made me want to make these again... if only grilling weather would arrive. Sheesh, it's cold and windy outside. Hello? It's summer!

  19. Oh wow, I SO wish I had one of these right now! That last picture is making me drool!

  20. I just wanted to let you know that I made these burgers tonight for a bunch of guys. We made 12 burgers and they were DEVOURED. These are pretty much THE BEST burgers EVER! Thanks for posting this recipe!!

  21. All those comments and only ONE person actually made the recipe? I wish people would review a recipe when they made it themselves. This is pretty basic. Disappointing.

    I made them and we all really liked them.

  22. Jen- Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you liked the recipe!


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