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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

Nutrition Facts

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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

Substituted Impossible burgers, which meant we had to drizzle on the seasonings while it was cooking. It turned out great and was just as delicious for leftovers.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jul 06, 2019
Diet: Original

The burger recipe seemed to be lacking so I chopped up some basil and mixed it in with a few Italian bread crumbs. The result was popular with the meat eaters in our family.

By: Noami
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Original

Used veggie burgers instead. Delicious!

By: Laurey
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

There was another portobello burger recipe from cooksmarts that was out of this world! This one was just okay. Not enough flavor... It was basically just adding cooked mushroom to caprese.

By: Katharine
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I loved the salad!

By: Elise
Posted: Jul 03, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Great! Quick and Easy. I made the patties with ground chicken and it was delicious.

By: Nicole
Posted: Jul 03, 2019
Diet: Original