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Cheese-Stuffed Pesto Burgers

Dinner ready in 25 minutes! Try this delicious grilled beef burger layered with lettuce and tomatoes - a wonderful meal.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 25 min
  • ingredients 6
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb. lean ground beef
1
(.5-oz.) pkg. dry pesto sauce mix
2
oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
4
whole wheat burger buns, split
4
lettuce leaves
4
slices tomato

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 GRILL DIRECTIONS: Heat grill. In medium bowl, combine ground beef and pesto sauce mix; mix well. Shape mixture into 8 thin patties, 4 inches in diameter. Place 2 tablespoons cheese on each of 4 patties to within 1/4 inch of edges. Top with remaining patties; pinch edges to seal.
  • 2 When ready to grill, place patties on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 11 to 13 minutes or until patties are thoroughly cooked, turning once.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place buns, cut side down, on grill. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until buns are lightly toasted. Place lettuce, patties and tomato slices in buns.
  • 1 GRILL DIRECTIONS: Heat grill. In medium bowl, combine ground beef and pesto sauce mix; mix well. Shape mixture into 8 thin patties, 4 inches in diameter. Place 2 tablespoons cheese on each of 4 patties to within 1/4 inch of edges. Top with remaining patties; pinch edges to seal.
  • 2 When ready to grill, place patties on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 11 to 13 minutes or until patties are thoroughly cooked, turning once.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place buns, cut side down, on grill. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until buns are lightly toasted. Place lettuce, patties and tomato slices in buns.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

To broil patties, place on broiler pan; broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using times above as a guide, turning once. Place buns, cut side up, on broiler pan; broil 1 to 2 minutes.

Pesto, an uncooked sauce from Genoa, Italy, is made with fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. For this recipe, we use a dry sauce mix to give the burgers lots of pesto flavor.

To tightly seal the patties, use your fingers to firmly pinch all the way around them. A secure seal will prevent the cheese from oozing out of the burgers as they cook.

You’ll need two hands to eat these stuffed Italian-style burgers. Serve them with marinated vegetable salad from the deli, fresh melon slices and lemonade.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Burgers
Calories
490
(
Calories from Fat
240),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
27%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
115mg
115%;
Sodium
710mg
710%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
38g
38%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.