Basil Ciabatta Burgers

Featured in Star-Advertiser on August 24, 2011.



4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 to 3 teaspoons)
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley stems, removed and finely chopped
2 ½ pounds ground chuck (or ground beef)
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
9 small ciabatta rolls, sliced in half
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
9 slices asiago cheese (or any cheese of your choice)
1 small bunch basil leaves, stems removed


Mix garlic, parsley, ground chuck, Parmesan cheese, blue cheese, tomato paste, salt and pepper in a bowl until all the ingredients are incorporated. Form into nine patties. Grill burgers for 4 to 5 minutes each side.

Brush the inside of each ciabatta roll with olive oil and grill for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden. Place burger, cheese, and 2 to 3 basil leaves on each bun and serve. Makes 9 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
500 calories, 29 g fat, 13 g saturated fat, 105 mg cholesterol, greater than 1100 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 34 g protein


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