Pesto Goat Cheese Burgers

Give burger night a boost with the ingredients in this modern twist on the classic. Be sure to saute the mushrooms and onions to a toasty golden brown for maximum flavor.

Ingredients

 ¾ cup Armanino Basil Pesto, thawed, divided
 1 lb lean ground beef
 ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
 ¼ tsp ground black pepper, divided
 1 tbsp olive oil
 ½ large onion, thinly sliced
 4 oz button mushrooms, thinly sliced
 4 hamburger buns
 1 cup arugula
 ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles

Directions

1

Combine ¼ cup pesto, meat, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Mix until just combined. Shape into 4 patties. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2

Heat oil in large skillet (cast iron preferred) on medium-high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, and remaining salt and pepper. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to clean bowl.

3

Rinse skillet and wipe clean. Heat on high heat until very hot. Cook patties about 2 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. To avoid burning, reduce heat to medium if cooking longer.

4

To assemble, spread 2 Tablespoons remaining pesto on bottom half of each bun. Top with a handful of arugula, 1 cooked burger, 1 Tablespoon goat cheese, and a generous spoonful of onion mixture.

Chef’s Tips

  • Prepare using ground turkey.
  • Substitute feta cheese or sliced provolone for the goat cheese.

Ingredients

 ¾ cup Armanino Basil Pesto, thawed, divided
 1 lb lean ground beef
 ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
 ¼ tsp ground black pepper, divided
 1 tbsp olive oil
 ½ large onion, thinly sliced
 4 oz button mushrooms, thinly sliced
 4 hamburger buns
 1 cup arugula
 ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles

Directions

1

Combine ¼ cup pesto, meat, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Mix until just combined. Shape into 4 patties. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2

Heat oil in large skillet (cast iron preferred) on medium-high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, and remaining salt and pepper. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to clean bowl.

3

Rinse skillet and wipe clean. Heat on high heat until very hot. Cook patties about 2 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. To avoid burning, reduce heat to medium if cooking longer.

4

To assemble, spread 2 Tablespoons remaining pesto on bottom half of each bun. Top with a handful of arugula, 1 cooked burger, 1 Tablespoon goat cheese, and a generous spoonful of onion mixture.

Pesto Goat Cheese Burgers

Yields4 Servings

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

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