Bistro Burgers

Basil leaves are a tasty replacement for lettuce in this simple but fun take on traditional burgers. Use the largest leaves you can find.

1 1/2 lb. ground beef chuck (80% to 85% lean)
2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning salt
6 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
4 ciabatta rolls, split
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons lemon juice
8 tomato slices
12 large basil leaves

1. Heat grill. Gently combine ground beef and seasoning salt in medium bowl. Shape into 4 (4-inch) patties 3/4 inch thick.

2. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or coals 10 to 12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center, turning once. During last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling, top burgers with cheese and place rolls, cut-side down, on grill until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and lemon juice in small bowl; spread over cut sides of rolls. Top burgers with tomato and basil.

4 sandwiches

PER SANDWICH: 840 calories, 60.5 g total fat (18 g saturated fat), 44.5 g protein, 30.5 g carbohydrate, 150 mg cholesterol, 1200 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

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