Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Crisp #BurgerMonth
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Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Crisp #BurgerMonth

A Bruschetta Burger is my riff on a burger I’d had at a restaurant not all that long ago. It’s a ground beef burger that is topped to perfection with a Parmesan crisp, homemade tomato relish, fresh basil leaves, and then sandwiched between toasted garlic bread! It’s delicioso!!!

Closeup vertical image of a bruschetta burger with a Parmesan cheese crisp, fresh tomato relish, and basil leaves.

Raise one hand if you love a good burger, and raise two hands if you love to experiment with burger recipes!!

If you’re anything like me, then both of your hands are raised high in the air, and you’re ready to dig into this Italian inspired ground beef burger extraordinaire!

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Closeup photo of a ground beef bruschetta burger topped with a Parmesan crisp, tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves.

The ingredient list for making four bruschetta burgers:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

A horizontal photo of a ground beef bruschetta burger on a white plate with red tomato topping and green basil leaves.

How many burgers does this recipe make?

As written, this recipe makes four ¼ pound beef burgers.

However, if you’d like to make more, it’s easy to do so by increasing the amount of ground beef used.

Can ground turkey be used as a substitution for the beef in this recipe?

Yes!

Just make sure to cook the burgers until they reach an internal temperature of 165-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.

Do I need to make the Parmesan crisps for this burger recipe?

No, they’re optional.

However, if you’d like the full bruschetta burger experience…make the Parmesan crisps!! They’re super simple to make, plus they pack a lot of pizzaz, and flavor!

Can these Italian ground beef burgers be made on an outdoor grill?

Sure thing!

If it’s a beautiful day out and you want to cook outside, by all means…go for it.

But…if it starts to rain, don’t change your dinner plans. Make them on the stovetop in a large skillet like I did, instead.

Whichever way you choose to make these delicious burgers, you’ll just be glad you did!

Can sliced tomatoes be substituted for the tomato relish?

Sure, but then you’d be missing out on one of the best flavor components of this bruschetta burger.

I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to whip up the tomato relish.

How is bruschetta pronounced?

Bru-sketta!

What is bruschetta?

Most commonly bruschetta is toasted Italian bread that is drenched in olive oil and typically served with chopped tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.

How to make the tomato relish:

  • Chop the tomatoes and mince the shallots.
  • Add them to a medium-size blow along with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Stir well to combine.
  • Set aside until the burgers are ready.

How to make the Parmesan crisps:

  • Spoon about 2 and a half tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on a baking sheet which has been lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed with baking spray.
  • Flatten the grated cheese into rounded discs.
  • Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 4-5 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.
  • Once the edges are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly, remove from the oven, and cool on a baking rack.
  • To loosen, gently slide a spatula under each crisp.
  • Set aside until ready to top the burger.

How to make the bruschetta burger:

  • Place the ground beef in a large bowl.
  • Score the meat to visually divide it into quarters.
  • Gently shape the quarters into ball-like patties approximately the same shape as your Italian bread.
  • Season the patties liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet on high heat.
  • Add the burger patties to the heated skillet (do not overcrowd) and press the patties down to flatten (using a good amount of force) with a spatula or burger press to get the very best caramelization.
  • Cook the burgers on the first side for approximately 3 minutes and then carefully flip the burgers and cook the second side for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the browned patties to a baking sheet fitted with a rack and keep warm while cooking the additional patties.

Preparing the garlic bread:

  • For every burger, you’ll need two slices of Italian bread.
  • Slather each slice of bread with softened butter and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the bread slices (butter side down) until golden.
  • Repeat the process until all the bread is golden and toasted.
  • Remove and assemble the burgers.

How to assemble the burgers:

  • Place the bottom slice of bread, garlic side down, and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Add the cooked burger on top of the mozzarella cheese and add fresh basil leaves.
  • Top the burger with a generous amount of the tomato relish and add the toasted bread (garlic side up), and the Parmesan crisp on top to finish.
  • If needed, return the sandwiches back to the oven to melt the mozzarella cheese (optional).
  • Enjoy!
Closeup overhead photo of a Parmesan crisp on top of a bruschetta burger with red tomatoes and green basil.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s ground beef bruschetta burger with tomato relish.

Yield: 4

Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Crisp

Bruschetta Burger with Parmesan Crisp

A ground beef burger that is topped to perfection with a Parmesan crisp, homemade tomato relish, fresh basil leaves, and then sandwiched between toasted garlic bread!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2½ tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ pounds of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

    1. Add the tomatoes, shallots, and minced garlic to a medium bowl.
    2. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir well to combine. Set aside.
    3. Spoon about 2 and a half tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on a baking sheet which has been lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed with baking spray.
    4. Flatten the grated cheese into discs.
    5. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 4-5 minutes, watching closely so they don't burn.
    6. Once the edges are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly, remove from the oven and cool on a baking rack.
    7. To loosen, gently slide a spatula under each crisp.
    8. Set aside until ready to top the burger.
    9. Place the ground beef in a large bowl.
    10. Score the meat to visually divide it into quarters.
    11. Gently shape the quarters into ball-like patties approximately the same shape as your Italian bread.
    12. Season the patties liberally with salt and pepper.
    13. Heat a large skillet on high heat.
    14. Add the burger patties to the heated skillet (do not overcrowd) and press the patties down to flatten (using a good amount of force) with a spatula or burger press to get the very best caramelization.
    15. Cook the burgers on the first side for approximately 3 minutes and then carefully flip the burgers and cook the second side for 2 minutes.
    16. Remove the browned patties to a baking sheet fitted with a rack and keep warm while cooking the additional burgers.
    17. Slather each slice of bread with softened butter and sprinkle with garlic powder.
    18. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the bread slices (butter side down) until golden.
    19. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the bread slices (butter side down) until golden.
    20. Repeat the process until all the bread is golden and toasted.
    21. Time to assemble the burgers.
    22. Place the bottom slice of bread, garlic side down, and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
    23. Add the cooked burger on top of the mozzarella cheese and add fresh basil leaves.
    24. Top the burger with a generous amount of the tomato relish and add the toasted bread (garlic side up), and the Parmesan crisp on top to finish.
    25. If needed, return the sandwiches back to the oven to melt the mozzarella cheese (optional).

Nutrition Information

Yield

4 burgers

Serving Size

1 burger

Amount Per Serving Calories 750Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 184mgSodium 1378mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 54g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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6 Comments

  1. What an amazing burger. This will be on the menu very shortly. I love all the components especially the parmesan crisp and the garlic toast bun. YUM.

  2. Wow! I am in love with this bruschetta burger! I may just eat the whole pan of parmesan crisps as that is my favorite part!

  3. What a fun idea to add a parmesan crisp to a burger with bruschetta. LOVE! Can’t wait to add this to the menu!

  4. WOW! Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to give it a try. We are really into burgers right now. I keep thawing ground beef I had packaged for other uses and making burgers instead. 😉

    Sheila

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