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Caprese 'Burgers'
with spinach and berry salad

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
We combine the best Italian appetizer with a classic American burger in this paleo-friendly twist that uses a portobello mushroom instead of a bun. Our members loved this combination so much last summer that we couldn’t resist bringing it back.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
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
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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Prep

  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 aminos, 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. 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 / Basil leaves - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Give patties and portobello mushrooms 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 and mushrooms for 2 minutes on each side over direct heat (i.e., over the flames). Then 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. 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. 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 balsamic vinegar (it’s best to pour into a spoon and then drizzle from spoon).
  5. Toss vinaigrette with baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries and almonds and enjoy with warm ‘burger.’

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (86)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (14)

28 reviews

Another delicious summer time hit at my house!

By: Lisi
Posted: Jul 21, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

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

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

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
0 Helpful

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
0 Helpful

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

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

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

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