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The B and B Burger – Basil and Bocconcini

Posted on February 4, 2011 by in beef

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Naming this burger a B and B  Burger was just my feeble attempt to be on par with my children who suddenly speak a language that I no longer understand. I have to decipher abbreviations like BFF, FB, LOL, Gr8, TTYL (talk to you later), G2G and those are just the ones I have figured out.
They don’t talk to their friends in full sentences anymore, seldom greet or ask about their friend’s well being. Everything has to fit into a certain amount of characters (140 on Twitter) so thre can be no wastage of letters and numbers……Imagine my children’s surprise when they asked: “What are we eating?” and I said: “B and B Burgers!
B and B? Yes, basil and bocconcini Burgers, not exactly something they would have worked out, maybe little madam because she has quite a developed palate at age 10. I suppose, the language fight is one I am going to lose so it is best then that I stick to what can do well and that is to feed my family.

I have always been very cautious to use too much fresh basil in recipes (except of course pesto), because it is such an overpowering herb. Chicken, fish and even salads can be rather horrible if you add too much basil, but I totally misjudged the use of basil in lamb. Mint, oregano and rosemary are normally the herbs to accompany lamb, but I had a whole bag of basil in the fridge and I felt like a really zingy burger so I got started. Here is what I did…

The B and B Burger


500gr lean or steak mince
1 small onion – grated
2-3 cloves of garlic – minced
½ cup oats
1 egg
zest of 2 lemons
1 tsp ground coriander
1 loosely packed cup of fresh basil – sliced
4 bocconcini or4  cubes of mozzarella

Mix all the ingredients, except the bocconcini in a bowl and allow to stand so that the flavors can marry. Shape the mixture into 4 big juicy burgers and fold 1 bocconcini in the middle of each one. Heat your griddle pan or your outside grill and cook the burgers until they are to your liking.
Serve on a crispy bun with lettuce, tomato,  onion rings and some chunky tomato relish!

Photo: Courtesy of  Hubby
The verdict: Without boasting too much, I have to say, this was the juiciest, zingiest and most tender burger I have ever had. My first bite was heaven, I ran at a loss of words, that’s how good it was and I really hope you will try this soon.       B and B Burgers are here to stay because they were just TGTBT( to good to be true, duh!!)


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13 Responses to “The B and B Burger – Basil and Bocconcini”

  1. redkathy 4 February 2011 at 5:36 am #

    I'll bet they were TGTBT! The sure look fabulous. I'll be trying these real soon. Hubby is a big burger fan.

  2. Susan @ SGCC 4 February 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I know exactly what you mean about our children speaking a foreign language. Sometimes, I think my teen is an alien! But, even she would love those burgers. They look fantastic! I've never heard of adding oats to a burger before. Great way to sneak in some extra fiber. Will have to try that. 🙂

  3. ♥peachkins♥ 4 February 2011 at 6:36 am #

    it looks amazing and I bet it taste fantastic too! i love basil and beef together!

  4. chocswirl 4 February 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Hubby takes good photos to! 🙂 burgers look great, basil is definately one of my favs

  5. bellini valli 4 February 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    IC that this is just too delicious for words BFF:D Since we barbeque all year round in Canada burgers are in my near future!!

  6. Marisa 4 February 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Hahaha, funny post. I feel old too when I listen to how the kids talk and I'm not even 30 yet!

    These burgers sounds magical – loving all that basil. Did you use lamb or beef for the patties?

  7. That Girl 4 February 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    When I was a teenager, long before facebook, twitter, texting, ect., my favorite saying was "GOI" – get over it. I think I drove my parents crazy.

  8. Adele 5 February 2011 at 2:50 am #

    I still have the language battle in the future. Am I hoping in vain that people will talk properly again? I also like putting oats in instead of breadcrumbs. Every little bit helps.

  9. elly 8 February 2011 at 6:37 am #

    These burgers look juicy and delicious. LOVE the mozzarella bocconcini – yum! I had to laugh at the "text speak" in the beginning of your post. 🙂

  10. Jeanne @ CookSister! 8 February 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    ROTFLMAO at this post ;o) And loving the lamb burgers! Would never have thought to put basil in a lamb burger but v v tempted now 🙂 They look awesome!

  11. Winstrol 10 February 2011 at 11:42 am #

    They look fabuous and the addition of mozarella, that's pure genious.

    Winston Rolbacher

  12. Alex 11 October 2014 at 1:19 am #

    So, interesting that nobody actually posted about their experience trying these. I’m a burger fanatic and frankly these are some of the best I’ve made or tried. Thanks for the post Nina.


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