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Basil Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise

I often end up with a bumper crop of basil—here's a favorite way to use some of it. These burgers feature great Italian flavor. The gooey, cheesy centers and scrumptious topping are irresistible. —Virginia Kochis, Springfield, Virginia
  • 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


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

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  • justmbeth
    Jan 14, 2021

    Nice spin.on a traditional burgers. I am always on the lookout for recipes using fresh basil.

  • Butcher2boy
    Oct 11, 2020

    My husband could eat a burger everyday. 2 of my favorite flavors basil and sundried tomatoes. We always have SD tomatoes, so I rinsed and drained them and dried off with a paper towel. Will be grilling these again! VFE

  • Thomas
    Aug 25, 2019

    After tasting the tomato/mayo mixture on its own, I thought it would be absolutely disgusting. However, I decided to take a leap of faith and put it on the burger. While disgusting on its own, it works SO well with the burger. This was absolutely amazing.

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Aug 22, 2019

    These were a nice change from a standard grilled burger! The basil and sauce definitely give it more of an Italian vibe. We had a lot of sauce leftover though.

  • preachermom
    Jun 2, 2018

    YES! Like some others, I put the cheese on top of the burger instead. It is a bigger hit with me and my husband than with the kids.

  • Wildfiremustang
    Jun 19, 2017

    There just wasn't enough flavor.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 3, 2016

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    Jul 26, 2016


  • kmpatch
    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
    Aug 9, 2015

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