Pesto Stuffed Burgers – Friday Nite Bite

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 26, 2011

I’ve been dreaming about these burgers for a while. A long while…ever since the Inside Out Cheeseburgers from last summer. I’ve been pondering what other delicious things could go inside of a burger…why not pesto!?!

A little homemade pesto.

Some provolone cheese.

A tomato, sliced just moments after picking from the garden.

All together as a burger…grilled to perfection.

Talk about a serious party of flavors in your mouth!!!

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Pesto Stuffed Burgers

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef or chuck ($2.24)
  • 1 Tbsp steak grill seasoning ($.05)
  • 4 Tbsp store bought or homemade pesto ($.50)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese ($.75)
  • Tomato, lettuce, onion (whatever fixins you like) ($.25)
  • Ketchup, mayo (whatever condiments you like) ($.25)
  • Whole wheat buns ($1)
  • 4 Corn cobs ($1) ( if you like too)

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the meat and steak grill seasoning.  Form 8 thin, thin, thin, wide, wide, wide patties. (Remember, burgers shrink quite a bit when they grill.  The patties I made were 5″ in diameter.)
  • Place 4 of the patties on a large plate or serving platter. Add 1 Tbsp of homemade pesto to each patty.  Then top of the other 4 patties and pinch the meat around the edges to keep the pesto from oozing out.
  • Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through.  Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of your burgers and temperature of the grill.
  • Boil, microwave or grill the corn.
  • Serve Pesto Stuffed Burgers with your favorite fixins and corn or other vegetable.

Cost $6.04

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kellene Knutsen August 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

dear goodness that looks amazing!! i’m infatuated with pesto and everyone loves a good cheeseburger! I HAVE GOT to try this one!! thanks!

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Salina August 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

OH WOW! That looks mouth watering. I am making this next week for sure. ~Salina

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Melissa V August 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

I loved stuffed burgers and have made many a cheese stuffed one but i’ll have to try this.

Have you ever tried taco burgers? It’s the same concept instead of cheese in the middle you put salsa and when you’re mixing your beef together add some taco seasoning. We grill these and serve with fresh tomato and lettuce, tastes just like a taco and is so good.

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deedee August 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Wow – that looks super delicious & I will definitely try it out!

Where are you that hamburger is just $1.50 per pound? I am lucky if I can find it for $2.99/lb on sale.

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karen September 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I am going to try this with the pesto and cheese inside the burgers! This sounds so yummy and is a great way to use some leftover pesto.

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juli October 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

Disappointed.

All of your recipes need the price doubled, if not tripled in SF, DC, NYC, or any other major city. I can’t get 1 lb of beef under 5 bucks, Usually 10. Veggies are ridiculously priced as well, to top a set of burgers would be more than 25cents for a family! I would easily have to spend 10 on veggie sides. Even if i grew all of them myself – the cost is more that what you state. Buns for a buck? One, maybe! This is just not realistic. What town are you based out of?

Spending money on quality food is more important than a new cute dress for yourself!

Sorry for the rant – I thought this might be for real. Great ideas. Dreamin’ prices…. Thanks!

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Stevie M February 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I made this tonight and it was quite tasty! I didn’t measure my pesto and think I used less than a tablespoon (my cross section picture wasn’t as pretty) but I could taste the pesto and it was very good!

Oh and I am very jealous you can get ground beef for $2.24 :)

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