Caprese Burgers & Balsamic Glaze on English Muffins


This is coming to you just in time for 4th of July grilling and summer barbeques!

The 4th of July is the biggest grilling day of the year and if you are looking for something other than the usual burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, then these Caprese Burgers offer a fresh Italian spin on an American classic!  Caprese Salad is an Italian dish made with ripe tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and usually balsamic vinegar {either on it’s own, or as a vinaigrette}.  I shared a classic caprese salad recipe with you a couple of weeks ago.  So this recipe is kind of  like caprese salad on a burger….a very yummy combination.

Also, for this recipe I used Mr. Wishes  favorite burger from Next Door Bar & Grill as my inspiration for the English muffins in place of regular ol’ hamburger buns.  I highly recommend trying this!

Wonderful, simple creation.  Easy enough?  Yes it is.  Now you try to make one.  Have a great 4th of July, everyone!  Peace, love and Barbeque 🙂

Wegmans Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef

I used the good stuff and it tasted great, but you can use regular ground beef.

Caprese Burgers on English Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

Toast up those English muffins nice and good!

Melt the mozzarella cheese for about a minute (may take longer).

Put it all together and eat up!


1 pound ground beef

4 slices of tomato

4 (1/4-inch) slices fresh Mozzarella

8  fresh basil leaves, according to your taste

1-1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1-1/2 tablespoons shallots, minced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

4 English muffins


For the balsamic glaze:  Add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a very low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until liquid reduces by about half and is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat, pour vinegar in a bowl or glass, and set aside to cool and thicken.

Mix ground beef,  garlic, and shallots  in a large bowl.  Form beef mixture into 4 equal patties.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.

Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done.

Toast English muffins on the grill (or in a toaster) until light golden brown.

Top burgers with mozzarella cheese for the last minute or so of cooking so the cheese can soften (may take a couple of minutes).

Serve burgers on English muffins and top with tomato slice and basil leave(s).

Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with the upper English muffin half.

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31 Responses to “Caprese Burgers & Balsamic Glaze on English Muffins”

  1. June 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM #

    Looks yummy! I love the idea of using english muffins as buns. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM #

      Thanks for the comment, Vicky!

  2. June 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM #

    What a creative idea for a burger. I love caprese salad, and I love burgers – how could I NOT love this?? I especially love the use of the english muffin instead of a bun.


    • June 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM #

      Thanks for the comment, Jess!!

  3. Peter @Feed Your Soul
    June 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    great spin on the classic burger.

  4. June 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM #

    These looks great!!

  5. June 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM #

    This is awesome!! Caprese salad is one of my favorites and adding it to a burger is, well, genius! Great job.

  6. June 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM #

    my oh my does that ever look delicious! yum!! love your blog!

    • June 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

      Thanks, Caralyn! 🙂

  7. June 27, 2012 at 2:59 AM #

    this looks soo delicious!! can I order some on line? 🙂

  8. June 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

    Loving the English muffins. They’re one of my favourite breads, only just beaten to second by crumpets!

    • June 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM #

      I agree – English muffins are a fave of mine!

  9. June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

    YUM! What a great combo. I think the bf’s love of burgers plus my love of caprese salad will make this a WIN!

    • June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM #

      Thanks for the comment, Caitlin!

  10. June 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM #

    Can’t have a burger without toasting the buns (or in this case, English muffins)! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

    • June 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM #

      I totally agree! And thank you for the congrats!! I was very excited 🙂

  11. June 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM #

    Ashley, i LOVE caprese salads. Especially in the summertime. Yay for food buzz top 9! you go girl 🙂

    • June 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM #

      Thank you so much, Sally!

  12. June 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM #


  13. July 1, 2012 at 1:17 AM #

    Love your blog! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Check it out at Cheers! Jennifer

  14. July 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

    I love this recipe and will be making it for the whole family on our vacation at the beach next week.

    • July 10, 2012 at 1:06 AM #

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you all like it 🙂

  15. June 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM #

    These look great! I love trying different burgers, and I love the english muffin!


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