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Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 833 calories, 58g fat (20g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Mar 13, 2016

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

  • swinny
    Jun 16, 2014

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

  • kitzer
    Jun 14, 2014

    No comment left

  • silverfox2951
    Jun 14, 2014

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

  • SimpleFoods
    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
    Jun 13, 2014

    These are so tasty!

  • suebart
    Jun 13, 2014

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