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 and here's a favorite way to use some of it. These burgers feature great Italian flavor. And who can resist their gooey, cheesy centers or the scrumptious topping? —Virginia Kochis, Springfield, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Healthy Test Kitchen Approved
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 equals 368 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 816 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch 1/2 fat.


  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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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."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

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

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

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

Reviewed May. 1, 2015

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

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

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

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