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Cheese-Stuffed Pesto Burgers

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Dinner ready in 25 minutes! Try this delicious grilled beef burger layered with lettuce and tomatoes - a wonderful meal.

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

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

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Burgers
Calories
490
Calories from Fat
240
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
11g
55%
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
710mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
2g
2%
Protein
38g
38%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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