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Pesto Mozzarella Turkey Burgers
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Pesto Mozzarella Turkey Burgers

Pesto Mozzarella Turkey Burgers are filled with the Italian flavors of pesto, sun-dried tomato, and mozzarella cheese. The perfect dinner to satisfy your burger cravings.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 814kcal
Author: Jessica Mode


For the Pesto Mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Turkey Burgers

  • 36 ounces ground turkey (85% lean, 15% fat)
  • ½ medium onion finely diced
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped into small bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 6 ciabatta rolls
  • tomato, for serving
  • romaine lettuce, for serving


For the Pesto Mayonnaise

  • To a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pesto, lemon, garlic, and salt. Stir until combined. Allow mayonnaise mixture to sit in the refrigerator until burgers are ready to serve.

For the Turkey Burgers

  • Preheat the grill to high (450°F - 500°F).
  • To a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix until fully combined.
  • Divide the turkey mixture into six 6-ounce patties. Using your thumb, make a depression in the center of the patty to keep them from puffing up on the grill. Sprinkle each side of the patty with additional salt and pepper, as desired. Keep burgers cold in the refrigerator until ready to cook on the grill.
  • Cook burgers for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. During the last few minutes of cooking, add 1-2 slices of mozzarella to top of burger. Cover the grill and allow cheese to soften and melt.
  • To serve, toast a ciabatta roll. Top roll with a spread of pesto mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, and a burger patty.


Store leftover burger patties in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 814kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1367mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 3mg