If summer could be a burger, a balsamic chicken Caprese burger would be it! Mild tasting ground chicken breast is grilled and topped with a slice of mozzarella cheese, a slice of tomato, and basil. It has all of the flavors of summer!
These juicy chicken burgers are the best burgers! They taste like a Caprese salad on a chicken patty. The drizzle of balsamic reduction soaks into the roll for a super flavor-packed chicken burger.
Why this Recipe Works
- Caprese chicken burgers are quick and easy to make with only 5 fresh ingredients.
- They are moist, delicious, and healthy!
Here is What You Will Need
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.
Caprese Chicken Burger Ingredients
- Ground Chicken
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Balsamic vinegar
- Hamburger rolls
Equipment You Will Need
- Grill or Grill Pan
- Basting Brush
- Meat Thermometer
- Burger Press (optional, but makes it easy to make burgers)
Here is How To Make Caprese Chicken Burgers
Get all of the ingredients ready: Preheat the grill to medium heat. Crush the garlic with a garlic crusher or the back of a wooden spoon.
Measure the olive oil and add the crushed garlic to the oil, measure the balsamic vinegar, slice the cheese, and form the ground chicken into four ¼ pound patties.
Heat a grill to medium high heat.
Step 1. Make the balsamic glaze
Add the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the vinegar begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low heat. Cook it stirring it occasionally until it has reduced by half and thickened.
Step 2. Cook the burgers
While the reduction sauce is cooking, brush each burger with the oil and garlic mixture on both sides and place them onto a heated grill. Cook the burgers for approximately 5 to 7 minutes on each side until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees f.
Step 3. Assemble the burgers
Once the burgers are cooked through, remove them from the grill and place them on top of a roll. Top each burger with mozzarella slices, and tomato slices.
Step 4. Add the sauce
Drizzle the mozzarella and tomato topped chicken burger with balsamic glaze and add the fresh basil leaves.
Note! Cooking time can vary depending on your grill, a quick-read meat thermometer is perfect for checking the internal temperature (165 degrees) of these chicken burgers.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
The full list of ingredients to make these delicious burgers is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients along with ideas for substitutes.
Ground chicken is very lean and cooks quickly. Brushing the burgers with oil and garlic helps to keep them moist and keep them from sticking to the grill.
Substitute ground chicken with ground turkey or lean ground beef.
Garlic adds a nice flavor to the chicken burgers, if you love garlic, you can add more.
Substitute fresh garlic with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder (½ teaspoon garlic powder for each clove).
Fresh Mozzarella cheese is the best type of cheese to use on these burgers. It's soft and melts quickly.
Substitute fresh mozzarella with mozzarella cheese from the deli or sliced provolone cheese or even try a few thin slices of parmesan cheese or romano cheeses.
What to serve with caprese chicken burgers
How to store leftover chicken Caprese burgers
Store leftover chicken Caprese burgers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
Reheat leftover chicken burgers on low heat on a grill or on top of the stove.
Leftover ideas: Add leftover burgers to field green or romaine salad, or try turning them into a patty melt by placing the Caprese burger in between 2 slices of bread and cooking it in a skillet in oil or butter.
Make ahead and meal prep tips
Chicken burgers are great for meal prepping. You can make the burgers ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to a day, or make a double batch and freeze them for up to three months. Here's how:
Freeze the burgers before cooking - place the uncooked chicken patties on a parchment-lined baking tray in the freezer. Once the burgers are frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a freezer container.
I like to use stasher bags for this. When it's time to cook the burgers, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Freeze cooked burgers - place room temperature burgers into a freezer container and into the freezer for up to three months.
Thaw the burgers in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat the chicken burgers in the microwave or on top of the stove.
Chicken Caprese burger with peppers - Add roasted peppers or slices of hot cherry peppers to your burger.
Pesto Chicken Caprese - Spread a little pesto sauce on the bun.
Chicken Caprese burger with fresh herbs - Top the burger with chopped fresh oregano and parsley in addition to the basil.
Chicken Caprese burger with lettuce and onion - Add some romaine lettuce and red onion slices to your burger.
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Tips and Questions
- Save time and use a pre-made balsamic glaze.
- Before adding the chicken burgers to the grill, brush the grates of the grill with a little bit of olive to keep the burgers from sticking.
- Chicken burgers cook quickly, check the internal temperature often.
Balsamic reduction or balsamic glaze is a cooked-down version of balsamic vinegar. It is sweeter and thicker, with a syrupy texture.
Yes, you can! Sear the burgers for a minute or two in a large skillet or grill pan over medium to high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for a few minutes longer until they are cooked though.
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