Pesto Turkey Burgers Recipe

Tomato and garlic pesto is the surprising secret ingredient in zesty turkey burgers.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 15 minutes
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  • Servings: 6 servings OR 4 servings and 2 leftover servings

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  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ciabatta rolls or hamburger buns, toasted
  • Lettuce leaves, tomato slices, optional

cooking methods

  • Stovetop


  1. In large microwave-safe bowl, combine first 2 ingredients with 1½ tablespoons oil. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Let cool. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Place half the pesto in small bowl and mix with mayonnaise. Salt and pepper as desired. Set aside.
  2. Add turkey, bread crumbs and egg to the remaining pesto in the large bowl. Salt and pepper as desired. Form into 6 patties.
  3. In large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. Add patties. Pan-fr, turning occasionally, until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer, about 8-10 minutes. Top with cheese slices.
  4. Place on toasted rolls. Top with pesto mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes, if desired.

Makes 6 servings OR 4 servings + 2 leftover servings. Serve with Italian Fries.

Make ahead & freeze: Prepare step 1. Place half the pesto in a quart freezer bag. Prepare step 2. Place patties in a gallon freezer bag between layers of wax paper. Place both bags in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 3.

For remix Creamy Pesto Pasta & Turkey recipe: Place 2 burgers in a storage container. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! I was a bit skeptical in making these turkey burgers, even with all of the positive reviews. Turns out, I had no reason to worry. The burgers were moist and flavorful and the Pesto Mayonnaise added that little something. I can't wait to eat the leftovers. The Pesto Mayonnaise would be good on any turkey sandwich. This recipe is a keeper.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Family Favorite! Received this recipe as a dinner mixer. Never did I think my kids would like it, but they LOVED it! I have been asked to make this several times since. The Pesto Mayo makes this taste like a fancy restaurant turkey burger. My moth is watering just writing this review! A must to try!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy!! Loved it!! Prob a new favorite meal! Paired great with the rustic fries!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of flavor!! Not fat! My family loves this burger. I use ground chicken breast instead of turkey. Also instead of adding pesto to the mayo I just all the pesto mix to the chicken mixture. When the burgers are done we top with avocado. Yum!!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone asked when we could make these again! Moist, flavorful, and easy. Everyone asked when we could make these again! They were THAT good.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best turkey burger yet This recipe is super easy and freezer friendly. Juicy and delicious
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing flavor My whole family loved these! I'm a newb when it comes to cooking so I was scared but man everyone pretty much licked their plates clean!
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This recipe was absolutely delicious! I was very surprised as I'm not used to eating turkey or pesto. It was a great meal paired with the Rustic Herb french fries!
Date published: 2016-10-16
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