Basil Burgers Recipe
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Basil Burgers Recipe

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Chopped fresh basil leaves add a welcome spark to these hamburgers and wonderfully capture the taste of summer. Grilling brings out the best flavors in the ground beef as well as the basil. They're a pleasant surprise at a family cookout.—Jennie Wilburn, Long Creek, Oregon
Recommended: Top 10 Burger Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese, optional
  • 8 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 314 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the basil, onion, bread crumbs, wine and garlic salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with cheese if desired. Serve on buns. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Basil Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p41

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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[email protected] User ID: 3083886 231584
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"I think the next time I'd avoid the garlic salt altogether, maybe substitute a lesser amount of garlic powder."

brianna2008 User ID: 6981932 198293
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"My family which includes my husband, a 4 year old and 3 year old and me of course all absolutely love this recipe!!! Yummy!! TRY IT!!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 301
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"My DH really liked these. I thought I would love them to since I really like basil, but they didn't do anything for me."

momfourever2003 User ID: 5171900 198292
Reviewed May. 21, 2010


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