Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers

by Erin

There’s nothing bland about these pesto turkey burgers. Not only are they seasoned with garlic and pesto, but they are stuffed with feta.

Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers.

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Burgers are fun, don’t you think? It’s like pizza, you can pretty much put whatever you want on/in it. I am actually surprised this is only my second turkey burger recipe on here, because I really enjoy a good turkey burger – despite all the hate they get.

Speaking of, do you have a favorite recipe? Care to share with me?? O:-)

Pesto Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Feta.

Just like the eggplant burger, I didn’t need to put any condiments on these pesto turkey burgers. I actually meant to, but after one bite I completely forgot about anything else. All the necessary flavors were already being delivered by the burger patty itself. The homemade pesto may have been a factor.

I was so happy with how these turned out. Even the feta inside looks pretty! Definitely would love to have these feta stuffed pesto turkey burgers stock-piled in my freezer. I may just need to do that because you can easily freeze the assembled patties.

Post updated 9/17/2023, photo above is the original.

Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers.


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, and red onion or any of your favorite burger toppings


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, pesto, egg, and garlic, mixing gently with your hands without overworking the mixture.
  2. Shape the mixture into eight thin patties. On four of them place 1/4 cup of feta, leaving space around the edge. Use the remaining four patties to seal the feta inside the burger. Preheat your grill.*
  3. Cook the burgers on a well oiled preheated grill for 4-5 minutes per side or until just cooked through, flipping only once. Serve on a toasted bun with desired toppings.


*Alternatively, refrigerate until you’re ready for them, or wrap well – with squares of waxed or parchment paper between each patty – and freeze for up to 6 months.)

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Source: Adapted slightly from Babble.

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite August 31, 2011 - 9:21 am

This is such a fantastic idea! I love anything stuffed with cheese (obviously :) )

spiffycookie August 31, 2011 - 9:24 am

Things stuffed with cheese, and things involving peanut butter – loves.

San @ Obviously Cheddar August 31, 2011 - 1:16 am

Burgers are what I always crave and turkey burgers are great. I have never thought of straying a way from the typical american or cheddar cheeses, but reading this post and seeing the picture made drool!

spiffycookie August 31, 2011 - 7:39 am

Glad to promote such a response!!

Lauren August 30, 2011 - 5:41 pm

I just bought turkey! It must be a sign! I’m making some burgers!

spiffycookie August 31, 2011 - 7:39 am

Totally a sign, enjoy!

Cassie (Bake Your Day) August 30, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Yummmmm, I love adding feta to turkey burgers but pesto is a new (and brilliant) idea for the next time we make them. Thanks for sharing this, they look so delicious!

spiffycookie August 31, 2011 - 7:40 am

Very welcome :-)

Tina@flourtrader August 30, 2011 - 11:33 am

Nothing like a good stuffed burger! I have had the pesto burger, but stuffing it with feta…simply delicious. Well done.

natalie (the sweets life) August 30, 2011 - 10:55 am

I love stuffing turkey burgers with cheese—we’ve done it with feta, blue, and goat…all are yum! :)

spiffycookie August 30, 2011 - 11:05 am

It’s a happy little surprise in there. I contemplated putting more cheese on top~!

Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 30, 2011 - 10:23 am

Mmmm…these burgers look delish! I love feta!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 30, 2011 - 9:18 am

Oh goodness I have to try this! I love ground turkey. I used it often instead of ground beef (and sometimes I don’t tell my hubby that its ground turkey). Plus adding in pesto plus feta, oh goodness! This is all my fav’s all combined in one tasty burger! I see what I will be making very soon!!

spiffycookie August 30, 2011 - 9:21 am

I use it a lot too, but my bf still loves it even when he does know. I hope you love it!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen August 30, 2011 - 9:15 am

Ahh there we go! And YUM!!!!!!!!!!

spiffycookie August 30, 2011 - 9:19 am

Thanks for catching my error! I had just bookmarked that fried ice cream (for obvious reasons). Glad you like the turkey burgers too!


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