Grilled Tomato Basil Burgers

Burger season is in full swing. What is your favorite topping? I love traditional mayo, ketchup and mustard. But I also like to mix things up by using different condiments like say Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Bacon Aioli or Caramelized French Onion Dip. It’s fun. And now I have a new favorite topping to add to the list. And this one just screams summer: Grilled Tomato and Basil.

Every summer I plant a garden. Well I should say every summer since we’ve owned our home. In these past 5 years, I have been learning what is best to plant for our family. I’m learning what we eat a lot of so we should plant versus what we should just keep buying at the grocery store. For instance, we love zucchini but we don’t eat nearly as much as a zucchini plant grows. We also don’t eat a ton of carrots so I don’t plant those either.

On the other hand we eat a ton of green beans so I plant a few of those. Kale and cucumbers are the same.

But tomatoes? They are in a league all their own. I snack on them like they are candy. To me there is nothing better than a perfectly sun-ripened fresh tomato. Each year I plant at least 4 plants. I plant a green zebra plant, a cherry tomato plant, a plum tomato plant and then usually a variety that I haven’t tried yet. This year I picked up a “bloody butcher” plant. They are supposed to give me tomatoes early which I’m pretty stoked about. I already have about 5 growing.┬áSo. Excited.

I first got the idea to make this grilled tomato basil burger when I was thinking about this Roasted Tomato & Smoked Provolone Grilled Cheese. I got to thinking that that would be a great way to top a burger. But then I started thinking that since the grill would be on why not grill the tomatoes first. Someone suggested to me that I put them in an aluminum foil pouch and grill them that way so that all of the juices would accumulate in the pouch.

I liked where this was going.

I decided to spruce things up a bit with some fresh garlic and basil leaves.

The tomato flavor is so concentrated. If you are a tomato lover you are going to love this. Not only do you scoop the scrumptious tomatoes onto the burger, you spoon all of the juices as well. It really is a tomato lovers dream.

The basil and smoked provolone (pssst…Tillmaook is the best) are just bonuses.

Grilled Tomato Basil Burgers Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Hamburger Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices smoked provolone (such as Tillamook)
  • Hamburger buns
  • mayonnaise

Grilled Tomatoes & Basil

  • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 basil leaves, chopped



Preheat grill to medium heat.


Prepare the burger patties. Mix together ground beef, Worcestershire, salt, garlic and pepper together. Use your hands to mix well. Divide into 4 equal parts and form into patties. Make the patties a little bigger than the burger buns because they will shrink when cooking.


Mix the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper together in a bowl. Toss to coat. Place on top of a sheet of aluminum foil and bring the foil up at the sides to close them, then close the top.


Place tomatoes on the grill and cook 5 - 7 minutes or until they burst and release their juices. Remove tomatoes from the grill, allow to cool for a few minutes. Carefully open the aluminum foil and sprinkle with basil.


Place the burgers on the grill and grill until cooked through, about 3 - 5 minutes per side. During the last minute place the provolone on top of the burger. Continue cooking until it melts slightly.


To assemble a burger: place patty on bottom bun, spoon tomatoes over the top. Spread mayonnaise on top bun and place on top of burger. Repeat with remaining ingredients.



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  • Reply
    Jennifer Lynn-Pullman
    June 23, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    What a great way to jazz up a burger.

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    June 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    These burgers look awesome! Cannot wait to try, thanks for sharing :)

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    June 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Basil and tomatoes are a match made in heaven! I would probably skip the basil in the grilled tomatoes, though, and just make a pesto. Just because I cannot have a burger without pesto. Simply impossible. Must try these grilled tomatoes, though! And my S.O. doesn’t like tomatoes, so more for me! :D

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    Dee Dee Eberle
    June 23, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I am all about anything with basil right now. I’m even having a “pesto party” on my blog this week. I love the idea of adding the bright flavors of my favorite summer herb to burgers! I will be adding this flavor profile to the very next burger that comes off of our grill! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Renee Goerger
    June 23, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I think this looks like the best summertime burger topping EVER! I must try this as soon as my garden tomatoes are red and ready!

    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

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    Heather //
    June 23, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Seriously, I am the same way. It doesn’t get any better than fresh summer tomatoes. These burgers look fantastic – perfectly packed with the flavors of summer!

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    marye audet
    June 23, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I totally agree with you about the tomatoes. I have 14 plants right now and hopefully that means I don’t have to compete with the birds as much for my tomatoes! This looks fantastic!

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    the wicked noodle
    June 23, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Deseree, I don’t know how you do it, day in and day out, but your food ALWAYS looks amazing!! Simply stunning and I want to take a disturbingly large bite of that juicy burger!!

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      June 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much! :)

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    Jeff the Chef
    June 23, 2015 at 4:33 am

    What an interesting idea. Also, your photographs look so good, I want to eat my computer screen!

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    June 23, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I saw a recipe like this in a restaurant one time! Looks amazing!

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    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    June 23, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Perfect burger…tomato and basil. I think I’d still add mayo and ketchup, because I am crazy.