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Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.


4 servings

Everyone needs to bring their appetite when you serve these man-size burgers. They have a bit of Italy in them with the use of pancetta, pesto and mozzarella cheese. Try them and you'll love them! —Rita Combs, Valdosta, Georgia
Tuscan Burgers with Pesto Mayo Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto, divided
  • 3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 4 slices
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 slices
  • 4 Italian rolls, split
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or fresh baby spinach


  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons pesto; cover and chill until serving. In a large bowl, combine the pancetta, pepper, salt and remaining pesto. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. Brush onion and tomato slices with oil. Grill onion over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Grill tomato for 1-2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
  4. Top burgers with mozzarella cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Spread cut sides of rolls with pesto mayonnaise; top with burgers, onion, tomato and arugula.

Nutrition Facts

1 burger: 833 calories, 58g fat (20g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 1015mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 42g protein.

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