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


  • 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 beef
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 833 calories, 58g fat (20g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 42g protein.


  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 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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 245367
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Really good and filling. I used buffalo instead of beef and used processed mozzarella slices."

swinny User ID: 1858482 186133
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

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

silverfox2951 User ID: 6536833 194464
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

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

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 186131
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!"

Jazzermin User ID: 7480888 119237
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014 Edited Mar. 16, 2016

"These are so tasty!"

suebart User ID: 7372107 113603
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

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

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