Stuffed Hamburgers

Chris gave me Lidia's Commonsense Cookbook for Christma and I have been looking forward to making these burgers. I was unsure about the sun-dried tomatoes, but loved the finished product.

Ingredients-
1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 ounces low moisture mozzarella, cut in small cubes

6 large basil leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method-
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar and salt. Mix the ingredients together with your hands to combine. Form into 6 equal sized balls.

In a small bowl, toss together the mozzarella and basil. Make an indentation in each ball and press in some of the mozzarella/basil mixture. Seal the mozzarella in and press to form patties, about an inch thick.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the patties and cook until cooked through and the cheese inside is melted, about 8 to 10 minutes in all. To check if the cheese has melted inside, stick a toothpick into the center; if the cheese has melted it will stick to the toothpick.

For a side dish I made Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad. The recipe is from the Food Network. Yum!

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