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Southwest Pesto Burgers

Southwest Pesto Burgers

Southwest Pesto Burgers


Makes 4 servings


1 large clove garlic
4 ounces fresh cilantro, stems removed and rinsed
1-1/2 teaspoons bottled minced jalapeño pepper or 1 tablespoon bottled sliced jalapeño pepper,* drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/4 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Cilantro Pesto, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 slices pepper Jack cheese
2 tablespoons light or regular mayonnaise
4 kaiser rolls, split
1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced

*Jalapeño peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.


  1. For pesto, with motor running, drop garlic through feed tube of food processor; process until minced. Add cilantro, jalapeño pepper and salt; process until cilantro is chopped.
  2. With motor running, slowly add oil through feed tube; process until thick paste forms. Transfer to container with tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. To complete recipe, prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.
  4. Combine beef, 1/4 cup pesto and salt in large bowl; mix well. Form into 4 patties. Place patties on grid over medium heat. Grill, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes (or, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes) to medium (160°F), turning once. Add cheese to patties during last 1 minute of grilling.
  5. While patties are cooking, combine mayonnaise and remaining 1 tablespoon pesto in small bowl; mix well. Top patties with mayonnaise mixture. Serve on rolls with avocado and salsa.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with refried beans.

Nutritional Information

Sodium 918 mg
Protein 46 g
Fiber <1 g
Carbohydrate 32 g
Cholesterol 126 mg
Total Fat 32 g
Calories 608

Dietary Exchange

Fat 3
Meat 6
Starch 2

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