• 35 to 40 minutes
  • Makes 8 servings
  • Appetizer

Caprese Polenta Burgers

Make your next dinner party a success by kicking off the night with these appetizers; topping mini Ground Beef burgers with fresh mozzarella cheese, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package (16 to 18 ounces) refrigerated prepared polenta, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 4 slices each
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Bring vinegar to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 9 to 10 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup. Set aside.

    Cook's Tip: Prepared balsamic syrup, available in large supermarkets and specialty food stores, may be substituted for balsamic reduction.
  2. Meanwhile lightly shape ground beef into eight 1/2-inch thick patties.

  3. Brush polenta slices with oil. Place patties in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill patties, uncovered, 11 to 12 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 9 to 10 minutes), until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning burgers occasionally and basting with 2 tablespoons reduced vinegar after turning. Arrange polenta around patties; grill 11 to 12 minutes (for gas, grill 9 to 10 minutes) or until heated through, turning once. Season burgers with salt and pepper, as desired.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  4. For each serving, layer 1 each polenta slice, burger, mozzarella slice and tomato slice. Drizzle with remaining vinegar and sprinkle with basil, as desired.


  • Test Kitchen Tips Prepared balsamic syrup, available in large supermarkets and specialty food stores, may be substituted for balsamic reduction.
    Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutrition Information

271 Calories; 1g Total Fat; 3g Saturated Fat; 5g Monounsaturated Fat; 57mg Cholesterol; 391mg Sodium; 17g Total carbohydrate; 28g Protein; 2.4mg Iron; 4.3mg Niacin; 0.3mg Vitamin B6; 1.6mcg Vitamin B12; 4.4mg Zinc; 16.2mcg Selenium; 2.3g Fiber.335 Calories; 17g Total Fat; 6g Saturated Fat; 8g Monounsaturated Fat; 67mg Cholesterol; 397mg Sodium; 17g Total carbohydrate; 27g Protein; 2.2mg Iron; 3.8mg Niacin; 0.3mg Vitamin B6; 1.7mcg Vitamin B12; 4.3mg Zinc; 16.1mcg Selenium; 2.3g Fiber.