Caprese Burger

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.

Yield :  4 burgers

Hands-on time :  15 minutes or less


  • 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


Recipe by Sarah Ward.

Caprese Burger
Caprese Burger!