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Caprese Burgers
with strawberry spinach salad

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

We combine the best Italian appetizer with a classic American burger in this meal that practically shouts summer. Our members loved this combination so much when it was featured in 2016 that we've brought it back every summer since.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Caprese Burgers:
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Beef, ground (lean) - 1 1/4 lbs
  • Mozzarella, fresh - 6 oz, sliced
  • Tomatoes, beefsteak (or similar large tomato) - 1, sliced
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Basil - 12 leaves
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 6 tsp
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp (sub honey)
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
Spinach and Strawberry Salad:
  • Strawberries - 8 oz, sliced
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - ~6 Tbsp
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz
  • Almonds, sliced or slivered - 1 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Whisk together vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), maple syrup, and mustard. Add oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Season beef - Mix soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper into ground beef and then form into 0.5” / 1.3 cm thick patties. Press thumb into center of the patty, forming a little crater. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Strawberries - Slice strawberries. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Cheese / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Give patties a light sprinkle of salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. If cooking on a grill: Heat up grill to 500F. Brush grates with some oil and then grill patties for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat (i.e., over the flames). Move patties to indirect heat, close the grill, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, and 5 to 6 minutes for well-done. Buns can be toasted on the grill at the same time (~2 minutes on the hot grill should do).
  3. If cooking on stovetop: Heat up a grill pan to high heat. Brush with some oil and then grill patties for 2 minutes on each side. Lower heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes for medium, and 5 to 6 minutes for well-done. Toast buns on the grill pan at the same time if there is room or wait till after patties are done (~2 minutes on the hot pan should do).
  4. Place patties onto bottom buns. Top with cheese, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Drizzle with vinegar (portion for burger; it’s best to pour into a spoon and then drizzle from spoon). Close burgers with the top bun.
  5. Toss vinaigrette with spinach, strawberries, and almonds and enjoy with warm burger.

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Reviews

This meal has 24 reviews

Thought this was great. Next time I'd do a garlic/basil aioli or balsamic aioli instead.

By: Angela
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

This meal was amazing! My whole family loved it. Only thing I would change is using the thicker balsamic reduction on the burger instead.

By: Catherine
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

The burger was so flavorful!!!

By: Kate
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Probably made the patties too thick...these were colossal. Slipped in some shredded zucchini with the ground beef and daughter didn't notice until eating the leftovers the next day. Half win?

By: Karen
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Nice quick dinner

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Used ground turkey instead of beef. It was delicious!

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Original