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Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise Recipe

Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise

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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."

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 88378
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"This was a delicious recipe and super-easy to make. It's a great change from a regular burger."

spiker1 User ID: 264159 174168
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Very hearty. The family loved it."

RaOwBe User ID: 705805 162017
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"This is the perfect burger for me!"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 101080
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"Making this for a second time tonight. Great flavor and healthier than many other burger recipes. I use baby spinach to top my burger, instead of additional basil leaves."

Mirage3D User ID: 5086163 178004
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"Very good....ESPECIALLY the dressing!!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 175188
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"Made these for Father's Day. Everyone loved them. The tomato mayonnaise was a big hit."

Jomullan User ID: 6721652 105891
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012


Not everyone has sodium restrictions placed on them. Overall, this is a healthy meal."

musthavemuzk User ID: 5295610 104986
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"i haven't made this and well i am not sure i will as it is written. recently i have been put on a 1500mg sodium intake and well with this being 800+ i just cannot justify having it as this alone would be half my daily allowed i ask how is this healthy?"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 175187
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"EXCELLENT! Next time I'll chop basil more finely.

I had sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil but it was very good anyways."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 159363
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Loved it! I added extra basil to the mayo/tomato mixture!"

bjh173rd User ID: 5730295 209917
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"I used 1 pound of hamburger and some basil from my garden. I made 3 burgers. Unfortunately, I forgot the sun-dried tomato mayonnaise in the fridge until after dinner but there was so much flavor I didn't miss it. Will definitely make again."

Susan's Kitchen User ID: 5575002 175150
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"This burger was quick and easy to put together and was loaded with flavor. Definitely a redo!"

mandymacnaughton User ID: 4024677 159361
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"This burger was delicious! My husband, who puts ketchup on EVERYTHING, (especially bugers) didn't even ask for it tonight! That speaks volumes to the taste of this burger. It was packed with flavor even without the sundried tomato spread on top! This will be our new burger recipe!"

5xamom User ID: 787516 92782
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"Liked by 4 of my 5 children!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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