Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 10 mins

An Italian-influenced burger that my husband and I love. Cosi buon, desidererete baciare il cuoco. Uses lots of fresh basil which we seem to always have a surplus of.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the pesto: Add the basil leaves, pine nuts, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper to the container of a food processor.
  2. While slowly adding the olive oil through the chute, pulse the processor on and off for 30 seconds.
  3. With the processor off, take a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides; replace the lid and pulse for approximately 10 more seconds or until the pesto is well blended.
  4. To make the burgers: In a mixing bowl (using your hands or a wooden spoon) combine the ground beef, 1/2 cup pesto, breadcrumbs, oregano, and red pepper; ingredients should be well distributed.
  5. Shape mixture into 4 patties; season lightly with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Place patties on a grill over medium-high heat; grill for 5 minutes on one side, turn pattties over and grill for about 5 more minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Thinly spread pesto on the cut sides of toasted buns or Italian bread.
  8. You may drizzle additional pesto over the burgers, then serve on toasted buns/bread.


Most Helpful

Good, simple, I admit I used bottled pesto, which also made it fast. Served without buns with grilled marinated veggies. Super good, smelled great cooking. Next time I will do it with turkey for sure!

Kasha October 20, 2004

Wow. Sounded simple and straight-forward and it was as far as making the burgers goes, particularly if you have pesto on hand. The taste, however, was something special. I used the homemade pesto I had leftover, putting 1/3 cup into ground turkey and never did use any on the buns. Hubby never had a clue he was eating turkey burgers, which he is not fond of. Outstanding, Nurse Di.

sugarpea September 02, 2004

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