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Grilled Caprese Burgers

Grilled Caprese Burgers are full of delicious Italian flavors and a surefire hit for any cookout or weeknight dinner. All beef burgers topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. Add pesto mayo and lettuce to buttery toasted buns for a tasty burger that is sure to please.

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Grilled Burgers are a dinner that everyone can agree on a classic for any backyard cookout. Grilled Corn on the  Cob and Smoked Mac and Cheese make great sides for burger night.

Grilled burger with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil on a wood plate.

Caprese is the classic Italian salad or antipasto made up of mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil. Those flavors are a great addition to these grilled burgers and will take your burger menu to a new level of delicious flavor.

🔥 Ingredients Needed:

  • Ground Beef ~ We used 70/30 for this recipe, 80/20 is also a great choice.
  • Steak Rub ~ Or use your favorite all purpose seasoning blend.
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese ~ Usually found in the deli section. 
  • Tomatoes ~ Sliced or diced, we used romas.
  • Fresh Basil
  • Pesto ~ Homemade or store bought.
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
  • Burger Buns
  • Butter

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🔥 Step by Step Instructions:

Collage grilling burger patties.

  1. Prepare a grill fire. We grilled these burgers on our Big Green Egg ceramic grill with lump charcoal and pecan chunks for smoke flavor.
  2. Make thin burger patties about 1/3 pound each. 
  3. Place the burger patties onto the grill. 
  4. Season the burgers and cook about 5 minutes with the grill closed.
  5. Flip the burgers and season once more. Continue to cook until cooked through and burger patties reach 165° internal temperature using a digital meat thermometer.

Collage of basil, tomato, lettuce, mozzarella/ toasted burger buns.

6. Shred the lettuce, dice or slice the tomatoes. 

7. Butter and lightly toast the buns.

Grilled burger patties collage with mozzarella cheese/ melted.

8. Top the burger patties with slices of mozzarella cheese. You can do this on the grill or under the broiler. 

Collage making pesto mayonnaise.

9. Mix mayonnaise with pesto. 

Collage making burgers with pesto mayo, lettuce, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil.

10. Build the burgers with pesto mayo, lettuce, burger patties, tomato and basil. 

Burger with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil.

11. Serve immediately.

🔥 How to Store and Reheat Burger Patties:

Store grilled burger patties in a zip to bag in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat in a covered skillet with 1 tablespoon water over medium heat. Flip patties after 2- 3 minutes and continue to cook until heated through.

🔥 Our Favorite Burger Recipes to Try:

  • Grilled Onion Burgers are delicious beef patties topped with grilled onions and burger sauce for a family favorite dinner.
  • Double Bacon Cheeseburgers will remind you of your favorite drive-thru burger but made even better on your backyard grill.
  • Brisket Burgers are made from ground brisket for the most flavorful beef burgers that you’ve ever tasted!

Wood plate with grilled burger, mozzarella, tomato, basil.

Get dinner on the table in a hurry with these Grilled Caprese Burgers. Juicy and delicious beef patties with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil, plus pesto mayonnaise on a buttery toasted bun. 

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Caprese Burger with mozzarella, tomato, basil.
Yield: 4 burgers

Grilled Caprese Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Grilled Caprese Burgers are full of delicious Italian flavors and a surefire hit for any cookout or weeknight dinner. All beef burgers topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. Add pesto mayo and lettuce to buttery toasted buns for a tasty burger that is sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons steak rub
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 4 burger buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 350° using pecan or hickory for smoke flavor.
  2. Make patties into 1/3 pound, thin patties.
  3. Cook burgers on a hot grill, seasoning with steak rub with the grill closed for 5 minutes.
  4. Flip the burgers and season again with rub. Continue to cook until burgers are cooked through to 165° using a digital meat thermometer.
  5. Top with sliced cheese and melt on the grill or under broiler.
  6. Butter and toast the burger buns.
  7. Mix mayonnaise with pesto and spread onto the toasted buns.
  8. Layer with shredded lettuce, burger patties, tomatoes and basil.
  9. Serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftover burger patties in an air tight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Reheat burger patties in a covered skillet with 1 tablespoon water 3- 5 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1001Total Fat: 71gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 210mgSodium: 848mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 61g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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