Pesto Chicken Burgers

Love fresh pesto?  Love grilling?  Combine them with this tasty recipe for Grilled Pesto Chicken Burgers!

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!So my wife is in Germany this week.  Sure, she’s there for work, but she keeps sending these amazing photos of the town where she is staying…and I can’t help but be jealous!  I mean, she’s in Germany!  She sent me a message yesterday that she wanted to get a cuckoo clock while she’s there.  One can never have enough cuckoo clocks.  Well, to be fair, the number of cuckoo clocks in our collection currently sits at 0.  I thought it might be pretty cool to have one…but then I remembered that it would be cuckoo-ing all night long.  Hmmm, we might need to rethink this plan.

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!As for me this week?  Well, I’m going straight bachelor-style and holding down the fort while she’s playing working.  (I mean, I enjoy living in upstate New York and all, but it’s not Germany!)  That’s ok, though, because we’ve had some of the best weather of the year here lately.  I’m talking mid-70’s and sunny with a light breeze.  C’mon, you can’t beat that!  With that kind of weather, I couldn’t help but get outside and fire up the grill.  I also invited some friends over to hang out on the back porch.  My wife might be gone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still have parties!  So we pulled out the grill and settled in for a night of fun and games.

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!Grilled Pesto Chicken Burgers

Now I love a traditional burger on the grill, but I wanted to try my hand at something slightly different this time.  I had been eyeing up our big bag of basil pesto bombs in the freezer, so I decided to use that as my inspiration.  A little bit of ground chicken, Parmesan cheese and Italian breadcrumbs later, and I had some “burgers” ready for the grill.  These Italian-inspired burgers smelled incredible thanks to the pesto…and they tasted even better!  Too bad my wife (who is half-Italian) wasn’t here to enjoy them with us.

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!Since I had gone with chicken for these burgers, I decided to open up a tasty bottle of white wine to serve along with dinner.  I opted for a bottle of Rueda Verdejo, a crisp white wine from the Ribera y Rueda regions in Spain.  I must say that the bright flavors in this wine paired perfectly with the Pesto Chicken Burgers!

Both the Ribera del Duero and Rueda regions are located in the north-central part of Spain.  (In fact, Ribera del Duero was named wine region of the year in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.)  The hot summers and cold winters in this part of Spain create the perfect environment for growing the Verdejo grapes used in Rueda Verdejo wine.  (Fun fact of the day: Verdejo grapes are often harvested at night as the cooler night temperatures lead to less oxidation.)  In short, this wine is crisp, unique and delicious…and it makes a great partner next to these Pesto Chicken Burgers!

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!Now that the winter is firmly behind us here in upstate New York, it’s time to say sí to t-shirts and flip-flops.  It’s time to say sí to evenings on the back porch spent with good friends and good food.  It’s time to say sí to Ribera y Rueda wines.  Grab a bottle today and enjoy the warmer weather!  And if you’re looking for a fun grilled recipe, then might I suggest these Pesto Chicken Burgers?  This was a long winter…you’ve earned it!

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!I went with a white wine for these Pesto Chicken Burgers, but if you are prefer reds, then grab a bottle of Spanish red from the Ribera del Duero region.  Speaking from personal experience, it’s quite tasty, too!  Cheers!

Did you make these Grilled Pesto Chicken Burgers at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!  Happy grilling!

Looking for more tasty grilling recipes?  Check out these other favorites, too:

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Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!

Pesto Chicken Burgers

Looking for a unique recipe for the grill? Complete with pesto and Parmesan cheese, these Pesto Chicken Burgers are sure to be a hit this summer!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 541kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup basil pesto homemade or store-bought, divided
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup mixed lettuce or arugula
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 4 ciabatta rolls sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp of pesto, Parmesan cheese and salt. Mix until well combined. (Note: The remaining 2 Tbsp of pesto will be used to garnish cooked burgers.)
  • Shape mixture into 4 patties. (Tip: Make the patties slightly thinner in the center. This will give the burger a better shape once grilled.)
  • Grill burgers on medium-high heat until fully cooked, flipping once after 4-5 minutes.
  • Place the ciabatta rolls on the grill for 1-2 minutes (optional).
  • Assemble the burgers on the ciabatta rolls with the mozzarella cheese, mixed lettuce/arugula, sliced tomato and remaining 2 Tbsp pesto.

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27 Comments

  1. First, David – these pesto-pumped burgers! Daaaannnng! I so love that you used chicken – your wife must feel like she’s missing out big time – but, being the stand up chap you are, I bet you will make her some when she gets back!

    1. Uh, sure…I’ll definitely make her some! You know what they say…while the cat’s away, the mice will play! By play, I mean work. But hey, at least it’s warm up here now! And at least I’ve had some delicious leftovers all week. Haha! 🙂

    1. You are totally hilarious, Ashley! What are the chances that would’ve happened? I guess it’s true what they say about great minds! I’m hopping over to take a look at yours right now. Here’s to having some epic leftovers this week, right? 🙂

  2. Okay, I love how you included the pesto IN the patties- That would lend such a good flavour to it and make them that much juicier! Also, I love how you paired BURGERS with wine- As good as a beer is, a burger of this calibre deserves some finer tipple! Also, crazy but we got gifted a cuckoo clock from Switzerland back when I was a kid and Niki was 6 or so months old and then mum threw it away. Why? Niki’s first words were Cuckoo.

    1. Wait, she threw the clock away?? That’s just wrong! I think Niki should start a cuckoo clock collection in honor of her first words. Maybe she could keep them at your mum’s house if she needs to get a good night’s sleep. Haha! And, yes, these burgers were crazy delicious! The wife might not be here this week, but that doesn’t stop me from grilling up some deliciousness and opening up a bottle of wine!

  3. Hi David! I’m starting to droll! I’m not a seasonal griller – I grill year round. Even when we lived in MI, I’d just brush the snow off the grill and fire it up! I think grilled food tastes even better when it’s cold outside!

    1. I think we are totally kindred spirits, Dorothy! I’ve definitely been known to brush the snow off the grill (or better yet, the smoker) and pull it up right next to the door in the winter. It’s not as much fun as grilling in the summer…but it works! I don’t think I could go for months on end without my grilled food fix! 🙂

      1. Hi David! What is even better is to grill in the winter and then eat in front of the fireplace – it’s “indoor” camping! And you can make s’mores (spelling?) for dessert! It’s 87 degrees here today and I cooked chicken and pot roast on the grill – I over bought meat at my local market the other day, which I tend to do when the prices are right! We had Mexican seafood cocktails, Mexican corn and homemade tortillas last night and, considering how warm it is tonight, I’m doing a rerun tonight! Enjoy your warm weather and grilling my friend! 🙂

        1. Oh that meal sounds amazing, Dorothy! I also tend to overbuy meat when it’s on sale. I just have to make sure there is enough room in the freezer…or do what you do and have an awesome feast! Mexican corn is one of our favorite summer dishes around here, too. So messy…but so worth it. Haha!

  4. Hi again! Typo – I obviously meant “drool”. As we all know, spell check isn’t perfect (and neither is my typing!). 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jess! I must admit that these were delicious…and the leftovers have been pretty awesome all week, too. Now if only I had some (any!) of those delicious desserts that you are always making…

    1. These burgers have spring written all over them, Christina! I typically turn to pasta when I pull out the pesto, but I wanted to do something on the grill instead…so burgers it was!

    1. The snow is definitely gone (I didn’t think it would ever happen!), and the grill is most certainly back in use. In fact, it’s already yardwork time. I mowed yesterday for the first time, and I’ve got a Saturday morning of spreading mulch in my near future. But I’ve got delicious chicken pesto burgers and wine for leftovers…so that makes the chores a little bit better! 🙂

  5. I think, ten or so cuckoo clocks won’t be a problem to you, guys – I you’re supposed to get used to some noise cause of all your fair alarms! Lol) I love everything in this burger, especially incorporating the chicken and pesto – that must be super delicious (and look at this succulent burgers!). That’s so good. And I’m so jealous as well – jealous of your wife being in Germany and you having this great stuff!:)

    1. Hah! The 10 cuckoo clocks would definitely help me get used to random fire alarms in the middle of the night. Good call, Ben, good call! Seriously, though, cuckoo clocks just look so cool…I definitely think we need at least one. Don’t be too jealous, my friend…it’s been a lot of work and yardwork around here this week. But I do at least have delicious burgers and wine for leftovers at night!

  6. I love pesto on…well everything. Probably even cake. But in burgers…that’s where it shines!

    PS I hope your wife had the chance to go to soccer game in Germany, I’ve been told it’s quite the show

    1. Wait. Pesto cake. I think you are onto something here, Mike! Will you bake a pesto cake for our next howl at the moon meeting? I’ll bring the burgers and wine!

      P.S. Laura isn’t the biggest soccer fan, so I doubt she’ll make it. Plus, Messi just teed off against Bayern Munich yesterday. I’m thinking the soccer vibe in Germany is a little down right now. (Well, minus that whole World Cup thing last year, of course…)

    1. Hey now! Don’t make me even more jealous, Alice! I like to think that having these delicious burgers + wine sorta makes up for not being in Germany. I mean, she has to be in meetings all week while she’s over there. But then again, she just found out that 1 of the 6 Lindt factories is located in the town where she’s staying. That’s just rude… 🙂

  7. Living it up bachelor style, I like it! And aren’t you super pumped that it’s grilling weather?! I dusted mine off at the end of last week and it made me so happy to fire it up for the first time. I just so happen to have some pesto waiting for me in the freezer. Coincidence? I think now. #wolfpackgrills

      1. I don’t blame you one bit, Chris! I think it’s not fat fingers, but rather the fact that you couldn’t wait to get home and pull that pesto out of the freezer. Haha…happy grilling, my Wolfpack buddy! 🙂

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