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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 burger

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 126mg Sodium: 1157mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 41g
Calories are for the burger alone.
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