Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 14 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Caprese 'Burgers' with Portobello Mushrooms
and strawberry spinach salad

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

We combine the best Italian appetizer with a classic American burger in this paleo-friendly twist on a 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.

Tags

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Caprese 'Burgers':
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Beef, ground (lean) - 1 1/4 lbs
  • Mushrooms, portobello - 4, stems removed
  • Tomatoes, beefsteak (or similar large tomato) - 1, sliced
  • 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

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

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 aminos, 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. Portobello mushrooms - Remove stem and use the side of a spoon to scrape out gills. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Strawberries - Slice strawberries. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Tomatoes - Slice tomatoes.

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Try for free
Learn More

Make

  1. Give patties and mushrooms 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 and mushrooms for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat (i.e., over the flames). Move patties and mushrooms 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. Mushrooms will take about 3 to 4 more minutes on indirect heat.
  3. If cooking on stovetop: Heat up a grill pan to high heat. Brush with some oil and then grill patties and mushrooms 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. Mushrooms will be done after another 4 to 5 minutes on the lower heat setting.
  4. Place patties onto portobellos. Top with basil leaves and tomatoes. Drizzle with vinegar (portion for burger; it’s best to pour into a spoon and then drizzle from spoon).
  5. Toss vinaigrette with spinach, strawberries, and almonds and enjoy with warm 'burger'.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (33)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (7)

24 reviews

Subtle and fantastic flavor combos.

By: Patti
Posted: Aug 01, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very much enjoyed this with bison and no bun

By: Nathan
Posted: Jul 23, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Sooo good!! Would not have changed a thing about the burger!

By: Zoey
Posted: Jul 15, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

*Italian kiss thing* MWAH! so good.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious and relatively quick! I agree with the suggestions that some kind of aioli would be a great addition to this.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I love caprese anything and the burger was great, but would be even better with a balsamic glaze vs. balsamic vinegar. I think I’d do less garlic less next time.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful