Caprese Burgers with basil pesto

Lunch / Dinner

Caprese Burgers with basil pesto

A hybrid between the well-know Italian salad and an all-American favorite, this Caprese Burger is a tasty combination that’s sure to win over your taste buds. The blend of ground round and mild Italian sausage makes for a juicy burger, especially when you mix in a little pesto, too. Spreading more pesto on the grilled bread adds extra flavor and contrasts with the creamy mozzarella cheese and grilled meat.


4 servings

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Pesto Tip

Use your favorite purchased or homemade pesto for this burger. But keep in mind when buying it, refrigerated pesto tastes freshest.


Preheat grill to medium. Brush grill grate with oil.

Combine ground round, Italian sausage, and ¼ cup pesto; divide and shape into four oval patties.

Grill patties, covered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into centers of patties registers 160°, 6 minutes per side.

Top each burger with 2 slices of mozzarella and grill until melted, about 2 minutes more. Transfer burgers to a plate, tent with foil, and let rest 3 minutes.

Brush baguette slices with oil and grill until toasted, about 1 minute per side. Spread remaining ¼ cup pesto on grilled baguette slices, then top with burgers and tomato slices. Garnish burgers with basil.


For extra flavor, use pesto in the meat mixture and as a spread to serve on the sandwich.


Add mozzarella to the burgers during the last couple of minutes of cooking when they register 160°.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 962

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 71g 109%

Saturated Fat 30g 150%

Cholesterol 207mg 69%

Sodium 1214mg 50%

Carbs 25g 8%

Fiber 2g 8%

Protein 62g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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