Do you LOVE caprese as much as I do on hot summer days? It’s lightly tangy, salty and so delicious- without weighing you down. I love the little caprese skewers, but they are kind of a pain to eat at a dinner or as a more substantial appetizer than just a few bites. So to make something a bit more substantial, I came up with this fun twist on traditional caprese- Caprese Burgers!
These caprese burgers are such a fin twist on caprese salad, and so much less fussy than going back for more and more of the skewered caprese appetizers.
You can change it up, but I love to use the Kumato Tomatoes from Trader Joes. Kumato Tomatoes have a thicker skin, meaning they don’t bruise as easily and have a longer shelf life. They also have more sugar than many tomatoes and a deep, delicious earthy flavor. They are some of my favorites for delicious tomato salads and great on burgers, too! Of course, you can substitute any tomato. I suggest a medium sized tomato for this appetizer to keep it large enough to be satiating, but small enough to be manageable. This caprese burger gets about 3-4 big bites and is great for dinner parties or gatherings where guests are seated (or can access a counter or other place to nibble their meal without balancing) but want to try an array of appetizers.
- 12 to matoes medium sized (I LOVE trader joe's kumato tomatoes for these)
- fresh mozzarella cheese sliced into thin rounds
- 1 large leaf basil per tomato
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil and balsalmic vinegar to taste
Using a serrated knife, slice your tomatoes in half.
Add cheese, salt and pepper the inside of the tomatoes.
Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar onto tomatoes.
Add top tomato slice onto the bottom half, like a sandwich, and secure with a toothpick.
Serve and enjoy!