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. So. 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.