Rethink your burger with ground chicken. Then add tomatoes and fragrant pesto to give this sandwich a delicious twist.



Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (3)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
New, easy family fave. To speed things up, I buy store bought fresh pesto.
Rating: 5 stars
These are excellent! What a nice change from a typical burger. I would serve these to anyone- anytime!
Rating: 4 stars
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.