Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise Recipe
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Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise Recipe

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I often end up with a bumper crop of basil—here's a favorite way to use some of it. These burgers feature great Italian flavor. The gooey, cheesy centers andscrumptious topping are irresistible. —Virginia Kochis, Springfield, Virginia
Featured In: 25 Fresh Basil Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • Additional fresh basil leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 355 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 904mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. In a food processor, combine mayonnaise and tomatoes; cover and process until blended. Chill until serving.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Worcestershire sauce, basil, Italian seasoning, garlic, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 12 thin patties. Place 2 tablespoons cheese on six patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  3. On a greased grill, cook burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Serve on buns with mayonnaise mixture and, if desired, additional basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise in Healthy Cooking June/July 2011, p22

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 268138
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2017

"There just wasn't enough flavor."

Summersh User ID: 6640270 251894
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2016


kmpatch User ID: 149103 233068
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"The basil gives these burgers a nice summery flavor. The sun-dried tomato mayo was a hit with my family. I prepped the mayo and the burgers the night before so I only had to throw them on the grill for a delicious weeknight dinner. I melted the cheese on top instead of stuffing the burgers."

Cfink User ID: 7480565 230957
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"My family loved this recipe! It's a keeper! Very flavorful and the hamburgers don't fall apart"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 229283
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"These burgers are outstanding! My husband and I really enjoyed them and I will definitely be making them often!"

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 225737
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"So good!! My 5yo ate an entire burger herself!"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 215317
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"delicious burger mayo was good made a great combination."

brownjennifer558 User ID: 7651844 101085
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"I made this tonight and it's so good that I'll make again. I used fresh tomatoes instead of sun dried tomatoes and still its good and used tomato paste too. And I used fresh basil instead of dried. Jennifer m brown from Sioux falls,SD"

fallongrrl User ID: 6261326 174170
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"even my kids loved them!!"

spronovo User ID: 3118526 209918
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"This is a superb recipe. I melted the mozzarella on top instead of putting it in the burger."

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