This Caprese Burger is so light and refreshing, it makes an ideal recipe for summer dining. The combination of juicy tomatoes, tangy balsamic glaze, and fresh basil provides a bright and flavorful contrast to the rich beef patty.
What makes Caprese Burger a great Summer Grilling recipe?
Caprese burgers are made with fresh, summer ingredients like ripe tomatoes and basil leaves, which are at their best during the summer months. These ingredients add a burst of flavor and freshness to the burger, making it the perfect dish for a hot summer day.
Also these burgers are quick and easy to prepare, which is perfect for summer when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the outdoors. The recipe requires just a few simple ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes, leaving you with more time to relax and soak up the sun.
- Ground beef
- Garlic powder
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Ripe tomato
- Basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze
- Hamburger buns
How to make Caprese Burger
I wish I could take the credit for the actual hamburger patty, but that is all my husband. Not only is he a pro on the grill, but he has a great palette when it comes to combining the right spices.
For these patties we used a pound of ground beef that was 80/20 because when you're eating a burger it's just tastier that way. He combined 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper. This made four good size burgers.
I had my husband throw the buns on the grill to toast them so that the balsamic glaze did not ruin the bun as soon as it was applied to the burger.
To assemble the burger I placed two slice of fresh mozzarella on top of the burger, which melted the cheese into place. I then added two slices of tomatoes from our garden and three leaves of basil from Riley's herb garden.
The finishing touch was a sprinkle of balsamic glaze on top. Absolute perfection!
Tips and Tricks:
- Toasting the buns on the grill or in a toaster oven will add a crispy texture and help prevent them from getting soggy from the toppings.
- A good balsamic glaze can really take a Caprese burger to the next level. Look for one with a thick, syrupy consistency and a rich, tangy flavor.
- While Caprese burgers are delicious on their own, you can also experiment with additional toppings to customize them to your taste. Some ideas include arugula, red onion, or even avocado.
- Once the burgers are cooked, allow them to rest for a few minutes before assembling the burger. This will allow the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy burger.
What Caprese means?
Caprese refers to a type of Italian cuisine that originated on the island of Capri, located off the coast of Naples in Italy.
The term "Caprese" can also refer to a specific type of salad, which typically consists of fresh mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and sometimes balsamic vinegar.
The colors of the ingredients - red, white, and green - are said to represent the colors of the Italian flag. The combination of fresh, simple ingredients makes Caprese a popular and beloved dish both in Italy and around the world.
What is Caprese Burger made of?
A Caprese burger is typically made with a beef patty topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and a ripe tomato slice. A few fresh basil leaves are added on top of the tomato, and the burger is finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
What to serve with Caprese Burger?
Grilled or boiled corn on the cob is a summery and flavorful side dish that pairs well with the Caprese burger. You can also serve these burgers with potato fries, grilled vegetables or a salad of your choice.
Caprese Burger Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- Salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- 4 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices of ripe tomato
- 4-6 large basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze
- 4 hamburger buns
- Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Season the ground beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder and form into 4 patties.
- Grill the burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they are cooked to your desired level of doneness.
- In the last minute of cooking, add a slice of mozzarella cheese to each burger and allow it to melt.
- Place the burgers on the buns and top each one with a slice of tomato and a few basil leaves.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top of each burger and serve immediately.