Caprese Burger

Caprese Burger

Group #3: Tomatoes, Zucchini, Basil

Hands-on time: 15 minutes or less
Yield: 4 burgers

Burgers are the ultimate summer meal, so why not ratchet the flavor up a notch? These Caprese Burgers are a surprising, delicious twist on a classic. Serve them with a side of green salad (use the leftover balsamic vinegar from the zucchini as a salad dressing), watermelon salad, sweet potato chips, or grilled veggies like peppers or corn on the cob.


  • 4 pre-shaped turkey, beef or veggie burgers
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 Tbsp basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 thick slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Basil leaves (2-3 per burger)

Lay out burger patties on a plate. Evenly brush 2 Tbsp vinegar over both sides of patties and lightly sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

In a mixing bowl, toss zucchini with remaining ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ tsp salt, and a generous grind of black pepper. In a separate small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and pesto. Set both aside.

Preheat grill or stove top griddle over medium heat. Cook burger patties for 2-3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness; remove from heat.

Spread pesto mayo on burger buns, then layer with a burger patty, tomato, cheese, zucchini, and basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Shopping List

▢ 4 pre-shaped burgers (beef, turkey, veggie)
▢ Mayonnaise
▢ 2 oz basil pesto
▢ 1 large ball fresh or buffalo mozzarella
▢ 4 burger buns
▢ Side of choice

Pantry Staples

▢ Balsamic vinegar
▢ Kosher salt
▢ Black pepper

Garden Harvest

▢ Tomatoes
▢ Zucchini
▢ Basil

Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart

Warm White Bean Bread Salad

Planting Project: Zucchini, Tomatoes & Basil