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Basil Burgers

 Basil Burgers
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
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 314 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 571 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.