Juicy chicken burgers gone caprese style thanks to pesto, fresh basil, and thick slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella. These are a must make this summer!
I’ve been on a kick lately with all things caprese. If you’re not into caprese, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s summer and tomatoes, basil, and cheese are how I roll this time of year. The produce is fresh and you better believe I’ve been stocking up on it like a crazy woman. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning waiting to open her presents when it comes to the tomato plants in my garden, except it’s not Christmas and I’m waiting for tomatoes, not toys.
A few days ago when I was out watering my tomato plants I saw that I finally have a few green tomatoes on them, I was so excited, probably a little too excited! Now that the tomatoes are starting to pop up I have to watch them like a hawk and get to them before the birds and squirrels do. My basil plant is also getting huge and I’ve been adding basil to everything I can. I didn’t have quite enough to make my own homemade pesto for these Caprese Chicken Burger, but it’s only a matter of time.
I made these burgers last weekend and I’m thinking I might change up the usual beef burger this 4th of July and make these chicken burgers instead. You might be thinking how good can a chicken burger be, it’s so lean? Well, you’re right, it is lean. However, adding a tablespoon of pesto to the meat before you grill it completely changes it! The pesto takes the ho-hum ground chicken and adds moisture along with delicious basil and garlic flavors.
The pesto added to the chicken burger meat is just the beginning. I topped the burgers with fresh basil leaves, thick slices of tomato, and fresh mozzarella. Seriously you guys, splurge and buy the fresh mozzarella for these burgers, it’s absolutely worth it! I finished the burgers off with basil aioli which I lightened up by using a combination of light mayonnaise and non-fat Greek yogurt. I added a little bit of the pesto that I used in the burgers and it transformed it into the most delicious spread that went perfectly with all the flavors of these caprese burgers. If you’re in charge of the grilling this weekend, skip the beef, and try these juicy Caprese Chicken Burgers instead!