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
  • 271
    Cal
  • 28 g
    Protein

Ingredients & Cooking

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.

Nutrition Information

Butcher Counter

Caprese Polenta BurgersGround Beef Ingredient Cuts

Versatility and rich flavor make it ideal for burgers, tacos or wraps. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and everything in-between.

Lean Beef

We all know that beef tastes great, but did you know how good it is for you too? A 3 oz. serving of lean beef provides 10 essential nutrients in around 150 calories, less than 10 grams of total fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.

Learn More >

Ensuring beef safety, from farm to fork

From farm to fork, everyone plays an important role in beef safety. Safety plays an essential function across the beef lifecycle journey – from the cattle ranches across the U.S., to the meat processing plants, to your kitchen table.

Learn More >

rethink the ranch

Much has changed since the days of cowboys, cattle drives and the Old West. Today, it's more about drones, apps and computers. Join us as we travel across the country talking to real, modern ranchers.

Learn More >

frequently asked questions about beef

We all know beef tastes great – but did you know that beef can be good for you, too? Check out some answers to your most pressing questions when it comes to incorporating beef into a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Learn More >