Pesto Burgers

by Erin

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I think burgers are becoming my new pizza, in that the varieties are endless! After having pesto in a turkey burger I knew I had to try it in a beef burger. Is it any surprise that it was just as amazing? Because that’s all I’ve got to say about these.

I went ahead and served it with garlic parmesan fries. Yay! (Obviously I was too excited to eat to worry about the quality of the photo…)


Makes 8 burgers


1/2 cup basil pesto

2 lbs ground beef

1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

3/4 cup bread crumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

1 egg, beaten

1/2 – 3/4 cup marinara sauce

8 slices Mozzarella

8 buns, sliced


  1. In a large bowl combine the pesto, ground beef, parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and egg. Mix it just until all the ingredients are combined. Divide the mixture into 8 even burgers.
  2. Grill the burgers on a grill on high heat, covered, about 8 to 10 minutes, flipping once. During the last few minutes of grilling, toast your buns and top each with a slice of mozzarella, covering again to melt.
  3. Transfer them to the sliced buns and top with the a spoonful of marinara sauce and other burger toppings. Serve and demolish.

Source: Slightly adapted from Pass the Sushi, originally from Hot Polka Dot.

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San @ Obviously Cheddar October 4, 2011 - 10:57 pm

I have to agree with the line “. . .burgers are becoming my new pizza. . .”. The possibilities are endless and it’s always fun to mix and match flavors up on both. Definitely another favorite post. Garlic Parm fries are definitely a must too!

Baking Serendipity October 3, 2011 - 11:03 pm

This summer, I’ve been seriously loving burgers too. I need to give the pesto a shot before it’s too cold for grilling! This sounds fantastic :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 3, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Yummy! Pesto in the actual meat, so much flavor – great recipe!

Rescie October 3, 2011 - 8:36 pm

I’m not terribly into red meat;,very seldom eat it but thoes fries. I’m licking my monitor right now. Love your recipes; always a different, delicious slant.

Julia October 3, 2011 - 3:39 pm

How have I never thought to add pesto IN a burger? Duh. Genius!

Lauren October 3, 2011 - 3:32 pm

What a great idea! LOVE this!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day October 3, 2011 - 2:21 pm

I would love these. I will eat pesto in/on anything!

Kita October 3, 2011 - 12:28 pm

Glad you enjoyed these! I love topping my burger with a little red sauce.

natalie (the sweets life) October 3, 2011 - 12:24 pm

I love pesto in turkey burgers too so I’ll have to try this!!

Miriam @ Overtime Cook October 3, 2011 - 10:48 am

I love pesto, havent tried it in a burger yet. Gotta try that! I bet it makes it moist too, aside from delicious! :)


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