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Tomato Burgers

  • Prep Time 0:10
  • Cook Time 0:10
  • Estimated Cost $8

Something magical happens when tiny tomatoes are cooked whole. Their skins become soft and their insides become incredibly juicy and sweet. When bitten into, they release a nectar that tastes like a bite of a fresh-off-the-vine tomato in the peak of its season. I learned this when I first made yesterday’s tomato-studded frittata.

In this burger recipe, I employed the same technique by tucking whole grape tomatoes into 1/4 lb beef burgers along with herbs, olive oil and fresh garlic. The resulting burger features an incredible combination of charred tomatoes on the outside and ready-to-burst ones on the inside. I served these without buns, and with the addition of a generous smear of creamy goat cheese and a shower of fresh herbs. Good aioli or mayonnaise would also be lovely, as would a crusty sourdough roll.


  • extra virgin olive oil Pantry
  • 1 lb lean ground beef $3.50
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped Pantry
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and freshly-ground black pepper Pantry
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, basil, flat-leaf parsley or chives, chopped $1 for a bunch
  • 1 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes, de-stemmed and left whole $3.50

Recipe Serves 4


  1. Lightly brush a grill or grill pan with olive oil and pre-heat over medium-high heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place 1 tbsp olive oil, the beef, garlic, salt, pepper and chopped herbs. 
  3. Use your hands to combine well.
  4. Form the beef into 4 patties. 
  5. Press 8-10 tomatoes into each patty, sealing the meat around the tomatoes as much as possible.
  6. Grill the burgers to desired done-ness on both sides. The patties may be somewhat delicate because of the tomatoes, and a few tomatoes may even fall out. This is fine, just serve each burger along with the tomatoes that fell out.

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I can no longer eat hamburgers any other way. This beats my peanut butter and jelly hamburger. And my egg-burger. And my curry burger. Quit rockin’ my boat Moskowitz.

Raquel, on Oct 17, 06:26 PM, wrote:

I made these tonite for dinner. SO good!! Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it for my family – so tasty.