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Basil Burger Patties

 Basil Burger Patties
“We’ve been making these refreshing burgers for years,” Jill Christopher explains from Grants Pass, Oregon. “Served on onion rolls with cream cheese and avocado on top, they’re a nice change from the regular cheeseburger. Everybody asks for them when we barbecue.”
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 4 onion rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced


  • In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over
  • mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  • Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 5-7 minutes on each side
  • or until juices run clear.
  • Spread cream cheese over cut side of roll tops. Place burgers, onion
  • and avocado on roll bottoms; replace tops. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 669 calories, 41 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 145 mg cholesterol, 432 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 43 g protein.

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Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.