Mediterranean pesto burgers

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10 min


4 burgers

* PLUS Grilling Time: 16 minutes


  • 3 tbsp finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 3 to 4 tbsp pesto
  • 500 g ground beef
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Oil grill and preheat barbecue to medium. Pat sun-dried tomatoes dry and finely chop. In a large bowl, whisk egg with pesto. (Add extra tbsp [15 mL] pesto if using lean ground beef.) Crumble in beef. Sprinkle with Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, pepper and salt. Using your hands or a fork, lightly mix. Overmixing toughens burgers.
  • Shape into 4 patties about 1/2 in. (1 cm) to 3/4 in. (2 cm) thick. To prevent puffing up, make a shallow depression with your thumb in centre of each.
  • Place burgers on grill, cover and barbecue until firm when pressed, about 8 min per side. Delicious with grilled vegetables, or tuck into grilled pitas with sliced tomatoes.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 266,
  • Protein
  • 25 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g,
  • Fat
  • 17 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.8 g,
  • Sodium
  • 267 mg.

Caution: This burger is juicy, so double up on the napkins. And while pesto has deliciously grown-up appeal, it’ll go with all of the kids’ favourite toppings, too.