Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo

I think that we can officially declare that it is grilling season.  With the warm weather and Memorial Day around the corner I can’t wait!  My hubby claims to be the grill master.   I do all of the cooking around here, but when it comes to the grill, that is his territory.  But I have yet to find someone that can make chicken so juicy and tender and burgers that are cooked to perfection.

He wasn’t around for the last family barbecue, so I had to make something delicious and grill it.  The pressure was on.  I made these DE-licious Tuscan Garlic Burgers.  I might not have had the same touch as the “grill master”, but I came pretty close! 🙂  If you are looking for a crowd pleasing amazing and juicy burger, I highly recommend this burger!  The flavors were all amazing in the burger.  But I think my favorite part was the pesto mayo!  I love pesto and it was just the right finishing touch to these burgers.

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Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo
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Delicious and juicy burgers packed with flavor and grilled to perfection!
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup prepared pesto, divided
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices
  • 4 Italian Rolls, split
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach
  1. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons pesto. Chill until ready to use. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine ground beef, pancetta, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and remaining pesto. Mix well and shape into four patties.
  2. Grill burgers over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. Top burgers with mozzarella cheese and grill until cheese is melted. Spread cut sides with pesto mayo and top with red onion tomato, and arugula.

Recipe Adapted by Taste of Home Cookbook


I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Ooooh. This looks so good. I make my own pesto in the fall and freeze it to have on hand. Gotta go nut haw some for this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    These burgers look scrumptious! I don’t have any pancetta. Do you think I could use precooked bacon instead? Thanks!

  3. These sound and look amazing!!

  4. I made these today and they were delicious!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    I served these for dinner tonight, and they were wonderful! I highly recommend using Italian rolls, as the recipe calls for, rather than traditional hamburger buns.

  6. Hello, I am not a huge fan of cooking but these were worth the effort! I have still been getting compliments and will be making these again!

  7. I live in an apartment and have no access to a grill. Can I make these in the oven or in a skillet. I don’t
    want to miss out on this recipe. Please reply.

  8. Carole from Carole's Chatter says:

    Fab burger – hopw you bring it over to Food on FRiday. Cheers

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