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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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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 thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with cheese if desired. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 314 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • jbrink
    Aug 22, 2015

    I think the next time I'd avoid the garlic salt altogether, maybe substitute a lesser amount of garlic powder.

  • brianna2008
    Jun 20, 2013

    My family which includes my husband, a 4 year old and 3 year old and me of course all absolutely love this recipe!!! Yummy!! TRY IT!!

  • mjlouk
    Jul 26, 2011

    My DH really liked these. I thought I would love them to since I really like basil, but they didn't do anything for me.

  • momfourever2003
    May 21, 2010