Nothing quite says summer like grilling out and outdoor entertaining. Burgers have always been a passion of mine and I used to work for a restaurant that was known for their burgers. During my time there, I created a program called “Burgers Across America” and each week I featured a version of an iconic burger from different places across our wonderful country. It was a fun project and I not only learned so much about burger culture in America, I was also able to fine tune my grilling skills.
Two months ago, I attended the Food Wine Conference in Orlando and was invited to a special lunch hosted by CK Mondavi. It was a private lunch for CK Mondavi Ambassadors and we were treated to incredible cuisine and an over-the-top tasting along with the unveiling of their new wine labels. To say I love the new design is an understatement.
Aren’t these labels fun? They remind me of carefree summer days and being with friends while enjoying good food and wine. Being a CK Mondavi Ambassador is tough I tell ya, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I tried everything and found a few more of their wines that I love….their Zinfandel, Cabernet and my all time favorite, Pinot Grigio.
I was given a bottle of their Cabernet to take home along with an adorable CK Mondavi shirt that I wear all the time. While driving home from the conference in Orlando, I began to think of recipes to pair with my bottle of Cabernet. For some reason, every time I am working on a recipe to pair with wine, I think of my Grandfather who loved wine, gardening, cooking and baking. He always had a garden full of tomatoes and used to eat them like apples. One of my favorite memories was helping him select vegetables from the garden to use for our dinner. I decided to combine some of his garden flavors with some of my favorite flavors and created Tracy’s Caprese Burger. Every time I see a tomato, I think of my beloved Grandfather Dominick.
As part of my ambassadorship with CK Mondavi and Family, I receive wine selections to feature in a recipe post. My latest shipment included bottles of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet. When I opened the box, my eyes lit up when I saw the Cabernet because it is the very wine I have been drinking lately and would be perfect to share with my Caprese Burger.
This is a spin on a burger I have been making for years, which has always been a burger stuffed with mozzarella and basil, then grilled and topped with more fresh tomatoes, garlic aioli and balsamic glaze on a grilled bun or sourdough. I decided to switch things up and stuff the burger with pesto and burrata in lieu of mozzarella and basil leaves. The result was a juicy burger that oozes with creamy burrata and pesto as soon as you sink your teeth into it.
I could feel my grandfather smiling down on my as I put this burger together. The CK Mondavi Cabernet paired with this burger is a beautiful marriage of flavors and once you try it, you will not be able to stop smiling.
You can recreate this masterpiece at home with a few simple ingredients. All you need is ground beef, homemade or store-bought pesto, Burrata, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, garlic aioli, balsamic glaze and sourdough bread. You can grill your burger on an outdoor grill or inside with a grill pan. I promise, this burger is perfect for a summer evening outdoor BBQ with friends or to enjoy on a quite night at home. Either way, this burger will bring you lots of happiness. If you are not the grilling type, you can bring a bottle of the newly designed CK Mondavi to your next social gathering, it will go great with any outfit and is the perfect accessory.
CK Mondavi is doing summer in-store promotions for burgers, buns, cheese and charcoal. Look for in-store promotions wherever you can find CK Mondavi and Family wines.
- 8 oz ground beef, split into two 4 oz patties
- 2 tablespoons of pesto (house-made or store bought)
- 2 tablespoons of Burrata (you can find it in the cheese section at your local market)
- 2 small heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons of garlic aioli (you can also substitute regular or even garlic mayo)
- Balsamic glaze for drizzle
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Take the ground beef and form two 4 oz patties. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the two patties on a working surface lined with wax paper. Make a small indention in the middle of each patty, and place the pesto on one patty and the burrata on the other.
- Carefully take the patty with the burrata and place on top of the one with pesto, burrata side down, as if you were assembling a sandwich. Firmly press the patties together and pinch the edges to ensure they are sealed tightly. Place the patty in the freezer while you prepare the grill and rest of the ingredients.
- Heat your grill pan or outdoor grill accordingly. If using an indoor grill pan, heat olive oil in the pan to medium high heat and when ready, place the burger in the pan to grill.
- Grill your burger to your preferred temperature and remove from the heat. Place on a plate and get ready to assemble.
- Lightly grill your sourdough bread or hamburger bun on the grill or grill pan and place on a working surface. Remove from heat when ready and get ready to assemble.
- Place one tablespoon of the garlic aioli on each piece of the bread and spread evenly.
- Assemble the burger and top with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and balsamic glaze.
- Serve with a side of your choice and enjoy with a nice glass of CK Mondavi Cabernet.
Disclosure: As an ambassador for CK Mondavi Wines, this post was sponsored but as always, all opinions are my own. Cheers!