Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo

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Delicious and juicy burgers packed with flavor and grilled to perfection!


Tuscan Garlic Burger with Pesto Mayo on a wooden table.
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.

Recipe Adapted by Taste of Home Cookbook


Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo

5 from 2 votes
Delicious and juicy burgers packed with flavor and grilled to perfection!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 ounces sliced pancetta finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto divided
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into 4 slices
  • 4 Italian Rolls split
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach


  • 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.
  • 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.


Serves: 4

Calories823kcal (41%)Carbohydrates23g (8%)Protein40g (80%)Fat63g (97%)Saturated Fat22g (110%)Cholesterol146mg (49%)Sodium1183mg (49%)Potassium483mg (14%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A1399IU (28%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium415mg (42%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword burger recipes, garlic burgers, tuscan garlic burgers with pesto mayo
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Alyssa Rivers

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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

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