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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Pesto Chicken Burgers

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

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 25 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 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

Cook's Note

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


  1. Step 1

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

  2. Step 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. Step 3

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

Everyday Food, July/August July/August 2012



Reviews (3)

  • 2 Oct, 2013

    New, easy family fave. To speed things up, I buy store bought fresh pesto.

  • 28 Jun, 2013

    These are excellent! What a nice change from a typical burger. I would serve these to anyone- anytime!

  • 13 Jun, 2013

    This was a quick and delicious dinner. My husband is allergic to walnuts, so I used pine nuts instead. Came out lovely. Also, I added 2T of the pesto to the burgers, because 1T just didn't seem like enough to flavor the entire recipe. So flavorful and yummy! I used half breasts and half thighs and the burgers were very moist. I'll definitely make this again.