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Presto Pesto Burger

A fabulous and fresh stuffed Italian burger topped with a basil pistachio pesto.


Pesto Ingredients:
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pistachio kernels
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Burger Ingredients:
2 lb ground chuck
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. Rotela brand prosciutto & mozzarella cheese log with parsley
6 slices smoked provolone cheese
6 Hamburger buns, split
Burger Garnish:
6 Green lettuce leaves
6 tomato slices
6 red onion slices
*Pistachio Pesto sauce
1 cup mayonnaise


1. Make Pesto:
In a blender or food processor, add fresh basil, pistachios, garlic clove, salt & pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. Gradually add olive oil to form a smooth & thick consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Cover & refrigerate to blend flavors. Reserve for burger garnish.

2. Make burgers: Mix ground chuck, salt, pepper, & Parmesan cheese together. Do not over mix. Divide meat into 12 equal balls. Using a burger press, press 12 thin patties. Place 6 patties on a tray. Cut 6 (1/4 inch thick) slices from the prosciutto mozzarella cheese log. Place 1 prosciutto cheese slice on each of the 6 burgers. Top with 6 thin patties. Press patties together to seal edges.

3. Start Grill. Cook all 6 burgers indirect method over medium hot coals; 4 minutes per side for Medium; 5 minutes per side for Well done. Cook until desired doneness. Add smoked provolone slices to tops of burgers and melt cheese. Remove to tray. Toast buns for 1 minute and remove. Ready to build your burgers.

4. Starting from the bottom and working upwards; spread mayo on bottom bun, then layer lettuce,a thin tomato slice, a thin red onion slice, burger with cheese,& fresh basil pesto. Spread mayo on top bun and place on top of burger. Ready to eat.


The fresh flavors of the basil pistachio pesto, burger, cheeses and vegetables make this a wonderful taste sensation.