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Grilled Burrata Caprese Bread

Grilled Burrata Caprese Bread is THE summer must have. Loaded with creamy burrata, pesto and sweet summer tomatoes. It’s basically Summer on a plate.

When I think of summer food three things come to mind: tomatoes, basil and grilling. The tomatoes are perfectly vine ripened. The basil is plentiful and the grill is always on ready to make the next backyard dinner.

Bread on a grill with pesto, burrata and tomatoes

With this Grilled Burrata Caprese Bread, I have combined all of it into one scrumptious, summer cheese bread.

Now I am a girl that loves me some cheese bread. I will eat it any which way I can get it. But this cheese bread? This bread right here is all kinds of amazing.

Hand holding a slice of caprese burrata cheese bread.

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than sweet summer tomatoes, savory pesto and creamy burrata cheese all piled high on crusty grilled bread.  Trust me.

What is Burrata Cheese?

Pure mozzarella cheese bliss. That’s what it is.

But to get a little more into detail. Burrata is a Southern Italian soft cheese. The outside of burrata cheese is a thin layer of mozzarella and the inside is a mixture of cream and curd with an almost buttery texture.

Overhead photo of burrata cheese on a white plate. Wooden cutting board background with blue towel, bread, cherry tomatoes and basil.

It’s great for smearing over a slice of bread, or scooping some onto tomatoes. All of that is totally fine. But this Grilled Burrata Caprese Bread? Well it takes it to a whole other level.

What ingredients do you need?

FRENCH BREAD: You’re going to want to slice a loaf in half lengthwise. Use the other half for something else. Since you are grilling it day old bread will work just fine but don’t wait much longer than that.

CHERRY TOMATOES: Smaller tomatoes work better on this bread. Simply cut them in half.

Overhead photo of cherry tomatoes in a glass bowl on a wooden cutting board. Olive oil, basil and tomatoes on a blue towel.

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: You’ll need it to drizzle on the tomatoes as well as the bread so that it toasts nicely on the grill.

PESTO: Traditionally caprese salad is made with fresh basil leaves but I wanted to add even more basil flavor. This recipe calls for store-bought pesto but if you’ve got tons of basil go ahead and make your own. It’ll be fab!

Overhead photo of pesto in a clear glass bowl. Loaf of bread, blue towel, basil and tomatoes on a wooden cutting board.

BURRATA: You should be able to find burrata cheese in the deli section of your local grocery store. I found some at Trader Joe’s as well.

DES’ TIP: If you cannot find burrata or it’s simply not in the budget, you can use regular mozzarella slices too. It won’t be as creamy but it will still have the same delicious caprese taste. 

FRESH BASIL: Chopped fresh basil for a pop of color and fresh basil flavor.

More tips for how make the best burrata cheese bread:

TIP #1: When grilling the bread, grill on medium-high and keep an eye on it. You want grill marks but you don’t want it to burn.

TIP #2: When assembling the bread on the grill, make sure that you have all of the ingredients handy so you can do it quickly and shut the lid to keep in the heat.

Caprese Cheese bread on the grill.

TIP #3: The residual heat from the grill should melt the cheese nicely. If the cheese isn’t melting with the grill off, use indirect heat by setting the bread on one side and turning the opposite burner on.

Overhead photo of slices of caprese cheese bread on a wooden cutting board.

Can’t get enough caprese? Check out these other twists on the Italian classic:

Caprese Twice Baked Potatoes 

Caprese Avocado Toast

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Caprese from the Cookie Rookie

Caprese Pressed Chicken Sandwich

Looking for more cheese bread recipes? I’ve got you covered!

Garlic Cheese Bread

Mushroom Cheese Bread

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Bread

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2013. It was updated with new tips, photos, nutrition facts and a video in 2020.

Grilled Burrata Caprese Bread Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 1 reviews


  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/2 loaf french bread
  • 1 ball (about 4 ounces burrata), sliced



Place the cherry tomatoes into a bowl pour olive oil over the top and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set aside until ready to use.


Preheat the grill to medium heat.


Brush the bread with olive oil.


Cook cut side down, for 2 - 3 minutes or until strong grill marks form.


Flip bread over. Spread pesto over the top. Top with sliced burrata and marinated tomatoes. Turn the grill off. Close lid on the grill and let sit 4- 5 minutes or until the cheese slightly melts. Slice and serve.


Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 474 , Total Fat: 7g , Saturated Fat: 2.1g , Cholesterol: 5mg , Sodium: 1024mg , Carbohydrates: 84.3g , Fiber: 4g , Sugar: 5.2g , Protein: 18.8g

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I LOVE this kind of food, I’m making this! It’ll be great with my grilled chicken too!

  • Reply
    Jessiker Bakes
    August 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    You won me over on all the ingredients then I read about burrata…AND yes this is getting made! This is so beautiful, and sounds so delicious!

    • Reply
      September 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Tamara Coleman
    September 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Yes, it screams summer and deliciousness! I made a Burrata, Heirloom Pizza with Basil Pesto just the other day a very similar take on yours. :) Great minds think a like!

  • Reply
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve been hearing about Burrata a lot lately (or I’m more conscious about this cheese), and my husband said I’ve had it at restaurnat. I need to grab this at store next time…this looks easy to make and looks so good. It’s got all ingredients that I love.

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse
    September 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Mmmm I’ve never tried burrata before but that sounds amaaaazing. Lovely photos and recipe =)

  • Reply
    August 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Burrata? I have never heard of this cheese…how can this be. A cheese I have not heard of! This bread look wunderbar!

  • Reply
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is insane and I am going to share it on Facebook today so everyone can drool with me!

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    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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