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.

  • 40
    min
  • 8
    SERVINGS
  • 270
    Cal
  • 28 g
    Protein

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

Cooking:

  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.

271 CALORIES

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3g SAT FAT

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28g PROTEIN

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2.4 mg IRON

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4.4 mg ZINC

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* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet

Nutrition information per serving: 271 Calories; 1 Calories from fat; 1g Total Fat (3 g Saturated Fat; 5 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 57 mg Cholesterol; 391 mg Sodium; 17 g Total Carbohydrate; 2.3 g Dietary Fiber; 28 g Protein; 2.4 mg Iron; 4.3 mg Niacin; 0.3 mg Vitamin B6; 1.6 mcg Vitamin B12; 4.4 mg Zinc; 16.2 mcg Selenium.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Selenium; and a good source of Iron, and Vitamin B6.

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