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Pesto Chicken Burgers

Rethink your burger: Tomatoes and fragrant pesto give this sandwich a delicious twist.

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  • Servings: 4
Pesto Chicken Burgers

Source: Everyday Food, July/August July/August 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup baby spinach (1 ounce)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 pound ground white-meat chicken
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 pieces focaccia, halved

Directions

  1. In a food processor, puree basil, spinach, garlic, walnuts, oil, and 1 tablespoon water. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Combine 1 tablespoon pesto, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and chicken and form into 4 patties. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Brush tomatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill patties, covered, 4 minutes. Flip patties and top with cheese. Add tomatoes to grill and cook, flipping once, until tomatoes are lightly charred and burgers are opaque throughout, 4 minutes.

  3. Assemble sandwiches in focaccia with pesto, burgers, and tomatoes.

Cook's Notes

Go Green
This homemade spinach-and-basil pesto is also great on pizza, tossed with pasta, or in scrambled eggs.

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