Sep 4, 2012

Pesto Turkey (or Chicken) Burger

pesto turkey burger 1

I pretty much only cooked on our grill for the entire Summer – it was just too hot in the kitchen!   Also the main reason I haven’t been doing any baking either!   But these pesto turkey (or chicken) burgers are just too good to pass up.  I liked that the pesto was a mix of spinach and basil – so it wasn’t overpowering and provided even more nutrients.   Enjoy this for the rest of Summer while it lasts!


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
  • fresh tomato slices
  • sliced fresh mozzarella
  • burger buns


1. In a food processor, combine the basil, spinach, garlic and walnuts.   Add in the oil while the machine is running.  Add in 1 Tbsp. of water and season with salt and pepper.  Scrape down sides of the bowl until pesto is all combined.

2. Heat grill over medium-high.   Combine 1 Tbsp. pesto, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and chicken or turkey and form into 4-5 patties. 

3. Grill patties, covered for about 4 –6 minutes.  Flip patties and top with cheese.  Add tomatoes to the grill and grill until lightly charred.  Toast buns.

4.  Assemble burgers with tomatoes and extra pesto.  

Source: Everyday Food July/Aug 2012

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