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Bring your grilled burgers to the next level with all the bruschetta flavors! Served on a toasted French or Italian Bread, this juicy burger patty is topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, a garlicy tomato bruschetta topping and balsamic glaze!!

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A side view of a Bruschetta Burger without the top bun, being drizzled with balsamic glaze sauce.

If you love bruschetta and burgers, this epic sandwich is going to be right up your alley!! I love grilling these in the summer when the tomatoes are rolling in from the garden and the basil is overflowing. It’s a recipe we look forward to each year.

How do you make a juicy burger?

No matter what you plan to use for toppings, a great burger always starts with a juicy burger patty. I’ve got a couple tried-and-true tips for making sure your burgers are juicy each and every time!

Don’t over-mix the beef before shaping it into patties. When you add salt and other ingredients into the ground meat, it adds flavor, but can also act as a binder. When the meat particles get too tightly bound, the patty will feel tough and can result in a dry patty.

Get the grill hot before adding the burgers. You want to make sure your grill is nice and hot (400 – 450 degrees F), so when you add the meat patties, it’ll cook quickly and lock in the moisture.

Only flip the burgers once. There’s a key sign of knowing when to flip your burger – read on!

A close up of a fully stacked burger.

How do I know when my burger is done?

As I mentioned above, I recommend only flipping your burger once. When your first put the burger on the hot grill, shut the lid and let it cook for a few minutes. If you like your burger with some pink in the center (medium), you will flip the burger when you start seeing pink juices oozing out the top of the burger.

Then once the burger is flipped, you’ll watch for the pink juices to seep through the top once again. When that happens, your burger is finished if you like it medium done-ness.

If you’d like it to be fully cooked, it will take an additional couple minutes on both sides. Therefore, after you see the pink juices, let it cook a couple minutes longer before flipping and before pulling it off the grill. Especially for pregnant women and children, burgers should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F to ensure that it is safe to eat.

If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer, I’d highly recommend getting one! I use my ThermoWorks thermometer almost daily!

What do you season burgers with?

I like to keep the actual burger patty pretty simple so the meat flavor still comes through. For this recipe, I simply season the ground beef with salt and garlic to compliment the flavor of the toppings.

What type of ground beef should I use?

I recommend using 80/20 ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat) so there’s enough fat to make the burgers nice and moist.

My husband and I both have aunts and uncles who raise beef cattle, so we buy our beef from them. However, buying your beef from a nearby locker or grocery store is just as good!

What should I serve my burgers with?

We typically serve burgers with a salad, fresh fruit (whatever’s in season!) and chips! Oh and dessert, because…..any meal is better with dessert! A couple of my favorite summer desserts are this Lemon Poke Cake and this refreshing Rainbow Sherbet Cake Roll!

Bruschetta Burgers
5 from 8 votes

Bruschetta Burgers

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
4
This gourmet burger is served on toasted French bread and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, bruschetta topping and balsamic glaze. To say this burger is "epic" is an understatement!

Ingredients
 

Toasted French Bread

  • 4 large slices French or Italian bread (or 8 small slices)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Bruschetta Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups diced roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

Burger Patty

  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

Other Toppings

  • fresh basil leaves
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • balsamic glaze

Instructions

Prepare the "bun"

  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic powder and salt.
  • Cut each slice of bread into two pieces to form the tops and bottoms of your burger.
  • Brush the oil on both sides of each slice of bread.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add the bread slices and cook for a couple minutes on each side until toasted. Set aside.

Make the bruschetta topping

  • Combine the diced tomatoes, oil, salt, onion, basil, black pepper and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Set aside until ready to serve.

Make the burgers

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ground beef, salt and garlic using a wooden spoon or your hands.
  • Once combined (don't over-mix!), form into four equal-sized patties.
  • Heat the grill to 450°F. Add the burger patties.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes and flip the burger.
  • Cook an additional 3 minutes on the second side, or until the burger reaches an internal temperature of 160°F for well-done.

Build the burgers

  • Start with a slice of the toast then layer a couple basil leaves, the burger patty, a slice of mozzarella and 1/3 c bruschetta topping. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and top with the other slice of bread.
  • Enjoy!!
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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14 Comments

  1. What a great idea for a burger. I ‘m a big fan of Caprese I would love this right now!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks incredible! I can’t wait to give this burger a try 🙂
    Pinning for later!!

  3. 5 stars
    So much color and flavor on a bun. And that balsamic drizzle looks like me drooling right about now.

  4. “Simple recipe. Very tasty. The whole family loves it. Added pesto to one. Delish!

  5. 5 stars
    this was wonderful! Thank you for sharing all these tips and recipes..really helps those of us without the create gene;)

  6. 5 stars
    I tried this last night after finding it on Pinterest and we loved it! It’s definitely on my list to make again!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my! What a fabulous recipe. I made it last night and it was so delicious. My husband and our guests had seconds! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I’m so happy to hear this, Elle!!! These types of comments just make my day. So glad to hear you and your guests enjoyed them!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely outstanding! We made it for the first time tonight for family that was visiting from out of state. Everyone raved!! We all loved it!!

  9. Elle Harrington says:

    5 stars
    This is my go to recipe if I want to impress my company and don’t have a lot of time to prep. The flavor is out of this world. I love everything about this recipe, and nothing needs to be added or deleted. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Elle!! Comments like this make my day! 🙂 ~Kelsey