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Pesto Turkey Burgers

Total Time
20 min
10 min
10 min
Presto, pesto! The pine nut sauce is the secret weapon in this quick-fire recipe. Mixed into the meat, the pesto lends bold flavor while keeping the turkey extra juicy. This burger comes together fast, so follow this assembly line order: Toast the buns on the grill first, then grill the onions and patties at the same time.


Cooking spray

5 spray(s)

Uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

1 pound(s)

Dried plain breadcrumbs

¼ cup(s)

Pesto sauce

¼ cup(s)

Kosher salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp

Uncooked red onion(s)

4 slice(s), thick, each 1⁄2 inch thick

Light whole wheat hamburger buns

4 item(s)

Light mayonnaise

8 tsp

Fresh tomato(es)

8 slice(s), each 1⁄4 inch thick


  1. Coat a grill rack or grill pan with cooking spray and preheat to medium-high.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, pesto, salt, and black pepper. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a ½-inch-thick patty.
  3. Coat both sides of the turkey patties and onion slices with cooking spray. Arrange the patties, onion slices, and buns on the grill rack. Grill the buns until toasted, about 1 minute. Grill the patties and onion slices until cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  4. Spread 2 tsp mayonnaise on the bottom half of each bun. Top each with 1 patty, 1 onion slice, 2 tomato slices, and the top half of the bun.
  5. Serving size: 1 burger