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Italian Pesto Burger topped with cheese and prosciutto on a small white plate

Italian Pesto Burger

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It was time to shake up our burger routine. This Italian Pesto Burger topped with gooey mozzarella, a ruffle of lettuce,  a juicy tomato and crispy prosciutto was a winner!

Italian Pesto Burger topped with cheese and prosciutto on a small white plate

Italian Pesto Burger

I’ve added pesto to meat balls for a change of pace, so why not a hamburger? The olive oil, basil and garlic in the pesto provided an Italian flair to this burger as do the toppings! Lettuce and tomatoes are a given at our house, but some gooey mozzarella cheese and crispy prosciutto kicked this burger up a few more notches!

Close up view of Italian Pesto Burger with toppings on a square plate


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I recommend serving my pesto Italian pesto burgers with this Mediterranean Bean Salad, this Tomato Basil Pasta Salad, or  this Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad. And check out this Burger Grill Guide for tips to make the perfect burgers every time! For more grilling and entree inspiration check out these Entree Recipes.

Italian Pesto Burger

Italian Pesto Burger

An Italian twist on the humble hamburger with pesto, mozzarella and crispy prosciutto.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I use Certified Angus Beef® ground chuck)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Sliced vine ripened or garden tomatoes
  • Hamburger buns


  1. Place prosciutto slice on a oven-proof rack over a baking sheet. Turn on broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes until crispy (time will vary depending on how close your plan is to the element).
  2. Add pesto to hamburger meat and mix with hands until well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and form into 4-6 burgers, depending on the size you like.
  3. Grill burgers, adding 1-2 cheese slices and shutting the lid to melt the cheese right before removing the burgers from the grill.
  4. Serve with lettuce, tomato, prosciutto and condiments of your choice on buns.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 burger

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1157mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 41g

Calories are for the burger alone.


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12 comments on “Italian Pesto Burger”

  1. I’m thinking a good old fashioned Memorial Day is coming up… Yep, burgers and dogs sound great:@)

  2. This is a burger you can sink your teeth into – delish!

  3. I could eat that right now for breakfast it looks so good who could wait for dinner?!

  4. Wow, that’s a tasty looking burger! Love how creative you are with it — such a nice assortment of flavors. Inspired stuff — thanks.

  5. Now that’s a burger! Love the prosciutto here.

  6. Beautiful burger Liz, love the toppings!

  7. This is a fabulous-looking burger! Pesto makes everything even better 🙂

  8. I love the Italian twist with pesto and prosciutto – these burgers are a must make over the weekend!

  9. I love a good burger. The pesto is a wonderful idea. Love this burger.

  10. Oh yeah, this is happening very soon!

  11. Why have I never tried pesto in my burger??? So this is what my life has been missing!!! Ahhh I’m in heaven just looking at this beauty <3

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