Cilantro Pesto Burger

A gourmet take on the juicy cheeseburger that uses cream cheese and pesto for more intense flavor.

November 2008 | By
Cilantro Pesto Burger
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November 2008

Here's a gourmet take on the juicy cheeseburger. Instead of cheddar, use cream cheese with pesto for a more intense flavor.

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Prep Time 45 minutes to 1 hour 
Cooking Time
10 minutes

2 burger buns
4 burger patties
4 tomato wheels
4 onion rings
2 leaves Lollo Rosso lettuce
2 teaspoons mustard
4 teaspoons ketchup

For the burger patty
400 grams ground beef
1 egg
4 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons celery, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the cilantro pesto
3 tablespoons cilantro
      leaves and stem, chopped
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, made into paste
1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
salt and pepper to taste

1  Mix all patty ingredients and form into 4 burger patties. Set aside in a chiller.

2  Make the cilantro pesto by mixing all ingredients together.

3  Pan-grill or pan-fry the burger patties.

4  Heat burger buns in an oven or oven toaster. Assemble the burger: Set burger patty on a bun and spread with cilantro pesto. Top with another patty followed by onion ring, tomato wheel, mustard and ketchup, and lettuce leaf. Cover with other half of the bun.


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