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Cheese-Stuffed Pesto Burgers

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Cheese-Stuffed Pesto Burgers
Take Italian Night to The Next Level with Pillsbury's Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Kit
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 4
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Dinner ready in 25 minutes! Try this delicious grilled beef burger layered with lettuce and tomatoes - a wonderful meal.
Updated Oct 29, 2010

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.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    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.
  • tip 4
    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

490 Calories, 27g Total Fat, 38g Protein, 23g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Burgers
Calories
490
Calories from Fat
240
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
11g
55%
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
710mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
2g
Protein
38g
% 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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