Margherita Burgers

Margherita Pizza, with its winning combination of mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes, is one of my all time favorite pizzas.  So, just for fun, I decided to make a burger version of my favorite pizza!  A little garlic, and a blend of Italian spices mixed into beef, topped with those wonderful margherita toppings and I do believe we have a winner.  So turn the oven off and the grill on and beat the heat with these lovelies!

Margherita Burgers
An Amy Original

1 lb lean ground beef
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp marjoram
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper

4 slices mozzarella cheese
4 buns
Tomato slices
8 large (or 16 small) fresh basil leaves

In a bowl, mix together the beef, garlic powder, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt and pepper until fully combined.  I use my hands for this (with disposable gloves so I don’t get meat hands!)  Separate the meat into 4 equal sized patties.  Grill for 10-15 minutes, flipping once, or until cooked through.

During the last minute of cooking, place the buns, split side down, directly on the grill and the cheese on the burgers.  Cook until the cheese is melted and the buns are warm and lightly browned.  Just before serving, top with the tomato slices and basil.

Serves 4