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Pesto Burgers

By • Dec 9th, 2007 • Category: Burger Recipes

The beef here is mixed with a basil pesto to give the patties a real Italian flavor, An extra flavor kick is given by spreading some of the pesto on the Italian bread before serving. Makes 4 Pesto burgers.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup high quality Basil Pesto
  • 1 tablespoon of dried/fresh Oregano
  • 1/4 cup dry Italian herb flavored breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red bell peppers
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Basil Pesto
  • 8 slices of Italian bread


  • Combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup Basil Pesto, Oregano and chopped bell peppers in a large bowl and make sure everything is mixed well.
  • Form into 4 patties and season each patty with salt and pepper depending on how you like it. These are best cooked on a preheated grill for five minutes each side or until cooked through.
  • To serve spread some of the remaining basil pesto on each slice of bread and grill them for one minute before adding any Italian cheese slice and serving.

Suggested burger topping: try chunks of mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers. More burger toppings.
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3 Responses to “Pesto Burgers”

  1. 1
    April Says:

    I had half a jar of pesto in the fridge. It had been there for a couple of months and I wasn’t sure how to use it up. This recipe provided the perfect opportunity — AND it was delicious.

  2. 2
    Matt Says:

    @April I’m in the same boat and looking forward to it.
    Thanks for commenting.

  3. 3
    Dannie Says:

    I am cooking as I write! I made a jar full of pesto a couple days ago and we so excited to find this recipe…AND I had all the ingredients in my fridge! Smells amazing! Thank you!

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