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Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo Recipe
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Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo Recipe

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Everyone needs to bring their appetite when you serve these man-size burgers. They have a bit of Italy in them with the use of pancetta, pesto and mozzarella cheese. Try them and you'll love them!—Rita Combs, Valdosta, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto, divided
  • 3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 small red onion, cut into 4 slices
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices
  • 4 Italian rolls, split
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or fresh baby spinach

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons pesto; cover and chill until serving. In a large bowl, combine the pancetta, pepper, salt and remaining pesto. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. Brush onion and tomato slices with oil. Grill onion over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Grill tomato for 1-2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  4. Top burgers with mozzarella cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Spread cut sides of rolls with pesto mayonnaise; top with burgers, onion, tomato and arugula. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo in Easy Ground Beef Recipe Cards 2013 2013

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

Tasty!!! I used all ground turkey...

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Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

 These are delicious! !! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

The best sandwiches - whether burgers or otherwise - are mouth-stretching and chin-dripping. This one fits the bill on all counts as well as Just Plain Luscious. Tomorrow is Father's Day, but I may have to keep these for myself!

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

Wow Wildfire be jealous why don't you???

These are so tasty!

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

Loved this burger. The only change I made was to use fresh pesto , instead of jarred.

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