Caprese Burger

The Caprese burger is a take on a Caprese salad, which has fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, and basil. If you haven’t had this, it’s an awesome, fresh-tasting combo. It’s also very similar to bruschetta.

We’re taking that Italian flavor and combining it with a burger. Delizioso!

caprese burger

For this Caprese burger, I combined the core mozzarella, tomato, and basil flavors with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toasted the bun for a little more crunch like you’d get in bruschetta.

I’ve seen some people also add balsamic vinegar to the top of these, so you could also give that a shot. This burger is pretty light and refreshing. If you want more punch, I think some Italian-type peppers or even a touch of cayenne might work on the burger.

burger meat in a press

Another quick tip: I’ve been using this burger press to quickly make perfect burgers. It’s especially helpful when you want to make a bunch of burgers.

caprese burger overhead view

Caprese Burger

A fresh Italian flavored caprese burger with mozarella, tomato and basil.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 burgers


  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 1 lb Ground Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 ball Mozzarella fresh – usually in with fancier cheeses
  • 1 bunch Basil Leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil


  • Slice tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves
  • Flatten meat into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns. Flavor with salt & pepper.
  • Cook burger on grill or in cast iron pan with oil.
  • Flip burger after seeing moisture build on top.
  • Add mozzarella to melt & optionally toast buns on grill. Cook burger to 140 for medium, 150 for medium-well.
  • Place burger on bun topped with tomato slice & basil. Add a drizzle of olive oil and some salt & pepper. Enjoy!
Keyword burger, cheeseburger

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