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Grilled Eggplant Burgers

Grilled Eggplant Burgers

This recipe made our mouths water: tender eggplant slices team up with melted cheese, tomato or red bell pepper, and fresh basil to make a stack or a sandwich that tastes like summer. You can fire up the grill or make these under the broiler or in a pan; any way you do it, this is a healthy and flavorful meatless meal.

INGREDIENTS

1 large eggplant, sliced into 16 1/4-inch rounds
8 thin slices provolone, Gouda, or other cheese
2 thinly-sliced tomatoes or 4 large pieces roasted red bell pepper
8 to 16 leaves fresh basil
Freshly-ground pepper

Seasoning Oil

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
Seasalt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste

1. Whisk all seasoning oil ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Brush eggplant slices with seasoning oil and place over medium-high heat on grill. Close lid and cook until tender, turning and brushing with remaining seasoning oil, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from grill. (You may also cook eggplant under the broiler, or saute them in a pan until tender, about 4 or 5 minutes per side.)

3. Place a slice of cheese on 1 eggplant slice, then top with another eggplant slice. Top this with 2 tomato slices or a piece of roasted red pepper, then put 2 to 4 basil leaves on top of that. Top with third eggplant slice, then another slice of cheese. Top with a fourth eggplant slice. Finish with a grind of pepper.

4. Repeat process to make 4 stacks. Place stacks on grill, close lid, and cook for about 2 minutes, turning once.

5. Serve immediately, or make into sandwiches on crusty rolls or bread. These sandwiches may be served warm or wrapped tightly and chilled several hours or overnight.

Serves 4.

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3:06AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you for tips.

3:39AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you :)

11:51PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

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6:34AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

I adore eggplants. :-)

3:44AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:37AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Wow!

2:54PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thanks.

8:06PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I love eggplant and I am going to givr this a try.

9:03AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

yum

4:02AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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