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Caprese Burgers
with spinach and berry salad

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min
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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 last summer that we couldn’t resist bringing it back.



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
  • Basil - 12 leaves
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 6 tsp
Spinach and Berry Salad:
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
  • Strawberries - 8 oz, sliced
  • Spinach, baby - 5 oz
  • Blueberries - 4 oz
  • Almonds, shaved or slivered - 1 oz

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and oil. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. (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” / 1.3cm thick patties and 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. Mozzarella / Tomatoes / Basil leaves - Prep as directed.


  1. Give patties a light sprinkle of salt right before grilling.
  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). Then 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. Then 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 fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar (it’s best to pour into a spoon and then drizzle from spoon). Close burgers with the top bun.
  5. Toss vinaigrette with baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries and almonds and enjoy with warm burger.

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This meal has 27 reviews

Used ground turkey and added oregano to the patties but otherwise super tasty!

By: Zach
Posted: May 25, 2019
Diet: Paleo

These turned out great! I remember making them last year and being a little disappointed but I’m so glad I gave them another try (I think I used ground turkey last time and didn’t like how the flavours worked together. Beef was better). Made a balsamic aioli instead of just drizzling the vinegar.

By: Tiffany
Posted: May 27, 2018
Diet: Original

We have made the Paleo version of this meal several times since trying it almost a year ago. The burgers are perfectly seasoned, and the flavor combined with the grilled portabellos, tomatoes, basil and balsamic is amazing. Although this is a paleo version, we often add a slice of sharp cheddar because it is so good. Also, love the easy balsamic dressing with the salad. Definitely, one of our favorites.

By: Mary
Posted: May 11, 2018
Diet: Paleo

I love the flavor of these burgers. The salad is great, too.

By: Caroline
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Diet: Original

I liked the salad, but didn't think the burgers were that exciting

By: Jenna
Posted: Sep 08, 2017
Diet: Original

Only made the burgers (not the salad). When I was constructing the burgers, they were really runny and fall-apart-y and I was worried they would not stay together, but was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they held up very well! Nice and juicy and tasty - although they did shrink down a fair bit. One change I would make next time is I would put the mozzarella cheese on top of the burger while it was still in the pan - just putting slices on the burger was not enough to make it super melty.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 03, 2017
Diet: Original