Craving Caprese? These Burgers Are for You

By Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
June 24, 2021 Updated: June 24, 2021

If you’re a fan of caprese salads, you’ll love this burger. The patties are seasoned with Italian spices, then topped with juicy tomatoes drizzled with balsamic, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella.

We’ve also doubled the basil by mixing it into the mayo and using whole leaves to top the burger. If you prefer less basil flavor, you can swap out the basil leaves for spinach or arugula.

Caprese Turkey Burgers

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil plus 1/3 cup basil leaves, divided
  • 8 slices tomato (from 2 tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 whole-wheat buns, toasted

Combine turkey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Form into 4 equal patties, about 4 inches in diameter.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the burgers. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn over and top each with a mozzarella slice. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, another 3 or 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir mayonnaise and chopped basil together in a small bowl. Place tomato slices on a plate and drizzle with vinegar.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on the bottom of each bun. Top with a burger, two tomato slices, and some basil leaves.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 471 Calories, Total Fat: 27 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 88 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 3 g, Total Sugars: 5 g, Protein: 33 g, Sodium: 714 mg, Potassium: 516 mg, Iron: 3 mg, Folate: 25 mcg, Calcium: 283 mg, Vitamin A: 767 IU, Vitamin C: 5 mg.

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Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell